People are our strongest asset. Led by some of the industry’s most experienced professionals, the MBU management team has an unconventional blend of expertise under one roof, with proven track records.
Mohammed Iqbal – Founder & Chief Investment Office
Mohammed has over 20 years of business experience with 18 years working in financial markets. Most recently he was the Deputy head of Fixed Income at Kleinwort Benson Bank where he managed a global business across Europe and Asia in the field of Portfolio Advisory, Institutional Intermediation and Origination.
Between 1996 and 2002 Mohammed was at CIBC Capital Markets. As a Director, he successfully set up a proprietary equity volatility business and managed the equity structured products business trading both vanilla and complex equity derivatives.
Mohammed holds a First Class Hons in Banking and Financial Services from the University of Birmingham.
Financial Services Experience:
– Investment Banking
– Hedge Funds
– Institutional Brokerage
– Private Banking – Built a billion USD$ equity structured products platform.
– Helped build a USD$10 billion Hedge Fund (London).
– Built a successful international Institutional Brokerage business (London, Munich, Frankfurt, Singapore).
– Built an institutional and family office advisory business at a private bank.
Alan Hubbard – Group ChairmanAlan is a high profile and well renowned senior banker with significant Board level experience in both private and publicly owned business sectors for over 30 years. Having served in various capacities in corporate finance, credits, funds and investment banking, Alan has broad knowledge and exposure in financial markets and has cultivated strong relationships with international private equity funds, portfolio investment managers, and brokerage funds. He is highly regarded by the UK Regulators as a Controlled Function holder and has a strong track record of delivering to market profitable new funds, investment products, and platforms to its shareholders. He has managed key strategic relationships with several large-scale business partners at an executive level such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Investec, AVIVA, Friends Life, Barclays, JP Morgan, Hermes, Schroders, BlackRock and Bradford & Bingley.
From 1998, Alan led a strategic development team for a start-up insurance company and fund management platform. This proposition included an open investment fund platform as well as a strategic partnership with Hermes. By 2001 he had established the business as the leading retail provider in the market. Negotiated Agreements with large-scale corporate clients including BlackRock who subsequently bought the business infrastructure in 2007. BlackRock is now the biggest fund manager in the world with over $4 trillion under management.
Alan has held roles as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Synergy Financial Products, Interim Director at Zurich, Chief Operating Officer at Blackrock Investment Management, Chief Operating Officer at Alexander Forbes & Operations Director at Schroders PLC.
Outside of work Alan is a keen golfer and loves travelling.
Mark Cooper – Chief Executive OfficerFinancial expert Mark brings a wealth of commercial, business and legal experience to the MBU team. For nearly 20 years Mark has worked in senior legal roles in investment banking and fund management. He began his career as a barrister in private practice before taking up in-house roles in financial services organisations.
Prior to joining MBU, Mark was the General Counsel for a global investment bank with responsibility for all legal and regulatory aspects of the group’s operations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He also served as a Board Director of multiple entities across the EMEA region, bringing expert advice in legal, compliance and regulatory matters to all aspects of the business.
Ajaz Ahmed – Chief Strategy OfficerAjaz has over 20 years of experience in Management Consultancy and Corporate Finance working with leading brands and corporations around the globe.
He has successfully concluded a number of $multi-million transactions and projects involving Real-Estate, buy-side / sell-side M&A deals, private-equity, bilateral debt arrangements and other structured finance and capital market placement activities.
Ajaz is also experienced and knowledgeable concerning Islamic Finance and SUKUKs.
Ajaz started his career in the mid 90’s with a global Management Consulting firm and very quickly progressed from Associate Consultant to Project Manager then Programme Director leading assignments for multinational companies and government entities at senior directorate and board levels.
During his varied career, Ajaz led and delivered numerous Business Strategy and Implementation Projects, Merger & Acquisition consolidations and has been involved in a variety of Corporate Finance related transactions.
He is also regarded by many as a serial entrepreneur involved in numerous start-up and early stage business opportunities across different industry sectors, one of which grew into a successful and profitable multi-miillion pound enterprise spread across 4 continents.
As a graduate in Finance and Marketing his commercial abilities are based on solid foundations and at the same time, Ajaz is also well known for his technical skills and knowledge of information technology.
At MBU-Capital, Ajaz continues to demonstrate his natural flair in strategy design and creative out-the-box thinking in finding solutions to complex business and financing challenges in helping to build and grow the Corporate Finance, Real-Estate and Consulting business lines.
Outside of work, Ajaz is actively involved with a number of charitable organisations and remains passionate about matters concerning social responsibility.
Haris Akhtar, CFA – Head of Real Estate
Haris has a 12 year career in Real Estate Private Equity. He has extensive Real Estate Equity Special Situations experience which he developed at Forum Partners, a $6bn AUM Real Estate Private Equity Fund.
Perry Stock, FRICS – Development Consultant
Perry has vast experience in private sector development management, with over 30 years in Real Estate Development and Asset Management.
strategic business plan. Perry also spent 4 years at Tishman International, as their European Director and was in charge of all real estate asset management initiatives.
Perry originally started in the south-west and now lives in Surrey. As a qualified Yachtmaster he is a very keen sailor having competed in many International events.
Paul Calderbank – Head of Real Estate Developments
As Head of Real Estate Development, Paul is responsible for delivering our development schemes from inception to completion. Paul is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Development Management for 19 years, during which time he has had responsibility for development schemes in London and major regional cities in England and in Wales. From Paul’s initial development role with The Emerson Group, his experience has grown to cover all property sectors including out of town retail and leisure, office and industrial, residential and social housing as well as high street retail and town centre regeneration. His portfolio of work includes, strategic acquisitions to increase site values via change of use through planning; land assembly and JV arrangements with private and public sector organisations to realise complex town centre regeneration schemes; change of use and redevelopment of prime iconic central London properties; delivery of volume residential Private Rental Sector Permitted Development schemes; and the successful completion of large mixed use schemes including mixed tenure residential, health and community accommodation.
Working closely with blue-chip multinationals and leading financial institutions across the globe, MBU Capital carries an impressive reach and placement capability.
Years of combined financial services experience