Davos International Advisory

Oscar Silva, the Founding Partner, has worked in major international finance institutions in Toronto, New York, Tokyo, London and the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

Over 35 years, the Founding Partner has designed, built and led innovative financial solutions in frontier markets.  His expertise covers Africa, the Arabian/Persian Gulf, the Far East, Eastern Europe and Latin America across origination, structuring, fundraising and execution on a wide range of industries.

Focused on financial innovation, the Founding Partner's main professional achievements include:

  • Building investor networks in the Far East (Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore), Western Europe (Switzerland, Luxembourg and Monaco) and the Arabian/Persian Gulf (Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates);
  • Providing M&A and fundraising advisory to African private equity groups, CIS capital growth hedge funds, and Arabian/Persian Gulf private equity and mezzanine funds with US$1.3bn closed deal value;
  • Arranging the first future flow securitizations from frontier markets with US$1bn closed deal value;
  • Building a US$8bn project finance business for the largest Saudi Arabian bank;
  • Pioneering securitization advisory in Central and Eastern Europe;
  • Arranging the first project financings in Latin America after the 1980s debt crisis;
  • Leading the largest Islamic financing in Saudi Arabia at closing;
  • Arranging the first Saudi Arabian underwritten initial private offering;
  • Arranging the largest underwritten premium initial private offering within the Gulf Cooperation Council;
  • Arranging the first M&A transaction executed under the Saudi Capital Market Law.

The Founding Partner is a frequent lecturer and speaker on global  finance matters at international conferences.  He also has a strong interest in academia, with current and former teaching and lecturing assignments at Imperial College Business School (London), Fordham University (Gabelli School of Business), Pace University (Lubin School of Business Administration) and New York University (School of Continuing Education).

The Founding Partner is a lawyer by training and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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