Our Partners have backgrounds in engineering, operations, finance, legal and consulting, and are supported by a team of Associates and Analysts with backgrounds in chartered accountancy, audit and finance. Our Partners and Associates have worked for large multinational corporations including Bain & Company, Deloitte, Schlumberger, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. All are graduates of leading universities. 


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Ghassan Medawar
Laya Medawar
Richard Maddison
Ghassan Medawar

Ghassan is a seasoned corporate finance executive with a strong reputation serving clients in the Middle East and Gulf region over 20 years. He is the Founding Partner of Full Circle Investments where he applies his investment banking and capital markets experience, assisting companies to reorganize their legal and capital structures and focus their corporate strategies to enhance value to shareholders and achieve monetization. Previously, Ghassan played an instrumental role in the establishment and launch of the DIFX (now Nasdaq Dubai), where he advised and guided the first international IPOs to list on the Dubai Bourse. He also worked for leading bulge bracket investment banks in the City of London for over 10 years, where he was Director for Emerging Markets at Credit Suisse. Ghassan has a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University and a degree in Law from the University of London.

Laya Medawar

Laya is a highly experienced strategic consultant and advisor to businesses in the Middle East and Europe spanning over 20 years. She leads the consulting practice of Full Circle Investments delivering advisory projects to leading regional and international clients on mandates including strategy development, business restructuring, operational optimization and growth and enhancement. Previously, Laya worked in London with Bain & Company where she was part of the private equity team responsible for pre-acquisition due diligence and post-acquisition restructuring, growth and implementation. While at Bain, Laya worked on transactions with an aggregate value of US$ 5B. Following Bain, Laya was the Chief Operating Officer at Aureos Capital and Head of European Strategic Marketing at Marsh & McLennan. Laya has a degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Richard Maddison

Richard is a brainy engineer with heavy-duty operational and financial experience extending over 20 years. He is responsible for the financial analytics practice of Full Circle Investments, delivering data driven solutions with a focus on robust financial modelling to bridge the gap between technical operations and high impact commercial and financial issues. Previously, Richard founded an energy IP platform and consultancy firm chaired by the former UK Energy Minister, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, which he sold in 2004. Richard also worked as the Chief Analyst for ARCO as part of the Europe and North Africa development team. In addition, he worked in the City of London at Robert Flemings, Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank’s energy and utilities M&A team. He started his career as a wire line engineer with Schlumberger. Richard has a degree in Engineering from Brunel University and an MBA from INSEAD.