Emergence’s team is devoted to providing unmatched services to clients based on high quality independent financial expertise.
Founding and Managing Partner
Phone : +216 55 67 00 67
Slim Ouali is Founding and Managing Partner of Emergence Partners. He has nearly 17 years of experience in Private Equity, investment banking and financial advisory gained at Swicorp Private Equity and KPMG Paris.
At Emergence, he led diverse transactions involving LBO’s, cross-border M&A, and capital increases for high growth companies in the fields of private education, healthcare, agribusiness and financial services among others. Slim is in charge of the firm’s finance function and leads business development efforts.
Prior to founding Emergence, Slim spent 5 years at Swicorp Private Equity as Vice-president within the finance and operations team. At Swicorp, he played an active role in fund and investments structuring, post-transactions operations and investor relations. He also served as a board member to companies active in packaging, construction materials, cosmetics, energy, etc.
During the first 5 years of his career, he served as manager at KPMG Paris where he executed several due diligence and audit engagements for French blue-ship companies.
Mr. Ouali holds a Master of Science from IAE Aix-en-Provence, France and a Bachelor of Science in management from IHEC Carthage, Tunis.
Slim is based in Tunis, he speaks French, English and Arabic.
Founding and Managing Partner
Phone : +216 56 18 18 68
Houssem Kheder is Founding and Managing Partner at Emergence Partners. He has 14 years of experience in Private Equity, investment banking and financial advisory gained at Swicorp Private Equity, KPMG Paris and UBS Paris.
At Emergence, he has advised clients on domestic and cross-border M&A, fundraising and debt raising transactions in the fields of private education, healthcare, agribusiness, packaging and financial services. Houssem is leading the firm new principal investment practice. He is also in charge of the firm’s HR and marketing efforts.
Prior to that, he held an Investment Manager position within the Intaj Fund investment team, managing circa USD 220m. While at Intaj, he executed several PE deals in consumer goods, logistics and packaging industries in Tunisia, Algeria and Turkey. Previous experiences include KPMG and UBS investment bank in Paris.
Mr. Kheder holds a Master of Science in finance from EM Lyon Business School, Lyon, France and a Bachelor of Science in management from IHEC Carthage, Tunis.
Mr. Kheder is based in Tunis, he speaks French, English and Arabic.
Phone : +216 53 16 81 31
Meryem Masmoudi is associate at Emergence Partners.
Before joining Emergence, Meryem gained experience at Crédit Agricole CIB in Equity Capital Markets and at Ernst &Young in Strategy consulting.
At Emergence, Meryem was involved in the execution of several deals in private education, retail and healthcare. She is leading the firm PR and communication efforts. Through her experience at CACIB, she had been involved in a variety of ECM mandates for IPOs, Equity-linked (Exchangeable and Convertible Bonds), Right Issues and ABBs in several sectors such as Oil & Gas, FIG, Aeronautics, Biotech and Real Estate.
Meryem graduated from Paris Dauphine University with a Master degree in Banking & Finance (top of class) and holds a Bachelor of Science in management from IHEC Carthage, Tunis.
In parallel of her studies, Meryem headed IHEC Junior Enterprise, a non-profit student’s organization that offers consulting services and worked two years as the secretary general of the Tunisian Confederation of Junior Enterprises in Tunisia.
Meryem speaks French, English and Arabic.
Sirine Ben Douissa
Phone : +216 25 57 78 79
Sirine Ben Douissa joined Emergence Partners as financial analyst in 2019 after a 6 months internship. During her time at Emergence, she was involved in numerous M&A, fundraising and strategy advisory assignments.
Sirine graduated from Paris Dauphine University with a Master degree in Corporate Finance & Capital Markets and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from IHEC Sousse, Tunisia.
In parallel of her studies Sirine has been an active member in AIESEC and International Junior Chamber, where she was elected as General secretary and Manager of the regional events. She is also was an Exchange Participant in humanitarian activities with the collaboration of the UN.
Sirine speaks French, English and Arabic.
Senior Advisor, cross-border M&A
Location: Tunis / Geneva
Michael Porter is advisory board member of Emergence Partners, advising on cross-boarder M&A transactions.
Michael began his corporate finance and advisory career over 25 years ago as a member of the Founding Team and Executive Partner of Swicorp – a MENA focused investment bank licensed by the Saudi FSA and the DIFC.
During his career, Michael advised on more than USD 2 Billion of M&A transactions, strategic alliance, IPO’s, etc. across a variety of sectors including, hospitality, food, retail, energy and media. He also served as the Chief Risk Officer of the Swicorp Group with Assets under Management of USD 1.3 Billion.
Mr. Porter holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Thunderbird School of Management (USA) and a B.S.B.A. from University of Central Florida.
Michael is based in Tunis and Geneva, he speaks French and English.
Senior Advisor, principal investment
Location: Tunis / London
Adel Dajani is advisory board member of Emergence Partners, leading efforts in principal investment operations.
Adel brings more than 30 years of experience in M&A and corporate finance and has founded or has been associated with several specialist Maghreb related financial companies including the International Maghreb Merchant Bank, Aman Bank Libya and Maghreb Ventures Partners.
His career started as a corporate financier with Wardley Ltd, the investment bank of HSBC in Hong Kong. After six years with HSBC Mr. Dajani moved to London where he was a Founder and Managing Director of London Court Ltd (www.londoncourt.com), a specialised corporate finance house operating in the emergent markets of S E Asia and the Maghreb and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK.
Mr. Dajani was educated at Eton College and the Universities of London. He is a qualified barrister at law and a member of the UK, Hong Kong and Libyan Bar Association.
Adel is based in Tunis and London, he speaks French, English and Arabic.
Emergence Partners Advisory Board consists of independent and prominent individuals in the industry.
Their role includes:
Advising on firm’s global strategy
Advising on priority markets and business development
Advising on and facilitating senior & confidential introductions, where required
Advising on opportunities sourcing and negotiations where required
Emergence Partners operates in a highly competitive and demanding environment.
Our capacity lies in identifying, training and producing talented individuals.
Every day we address new challenges bound by a common goal: to solve our clients’ issues.
Every day, we invest strongly in our team as we recognise the paramount importance of each one and the fulfilling experience of working together.
That is why our teams are made up of strong and productive personalities with a deeply-rooted sense of professionalism, genuine vision and irreproachable ethics.
Each day, our ambition is to reach new horizons.