| From the Opalesque team: Brian Luck, who has acquired extensive Finance and GCC experience since 1986, has recently resigned from The Capital Partnership (TCP) "after over six happy years," and has started his own investment consultancy business called Optimus Consultancy FZ LLC, in Dubai, UAE - together with Junior Partner Dominic James.
"I am most pleased to report that this marks an evolution in, rather than an end to, my relationship with the partners and staff at TCP, with whom I have enjoyed such happy and successful times," Luck said in his announcement yesterday.
Optimus is a team of Dubai-based British experts with in-depth, practitioner-based, experience of international investment fund management, managers and products. The firm will provide manager research services, investment product appraisal, product development for GCC institutions, directorships and access to the GCC for international investment managers.
Politically, the Arabian Peninsula consists of Saudi Arabia , Kuwait , Bahrain , Qatar , the United Arab Emirates , the Sultanate of Oman, and the Republic of Yemen . Together, these countries (excluding the Republic of Yemen ) constitute the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
"We have unique relationships with GCC investors and institutions to provide out-sourced consultancy product to them and their clients," says Optimus' website.
Mr. Luck began his investment career in 1986 at JP Morgan. Ten years later, he moved to Kuwait as an advisor to the government oil company (KPC) where we set up a $2.5bn investment program, and in 2000, he joined NBK as Head of Asset Management and grew a five-person group to a team of 20 offering both funds and brokerage. Six years ago, he joined The Capital Partnership (TCP), which grew from offering and managing 12 products and relationships to a wider range of 34. AUM more than trebled to $2bn, and their achievements attracted NCB who purchased the firm.
Established in 1998, The Capital Partnership (TCP), with offices in London and in Dubai , was created to provide sophisticated investment services to the families of its founding partners. It now also offers customised investment solutions to institutions and HNW families. - B. Gravrand.