About Us 

Alcantara, a word of Arabic heritage, translates into bridge or the action of building and opening gateways.

Alcantara Advisory LLC is a Dubai-based financing advisory boutique whose mission is to connect businesses and capital providers such as banks, private equity firms, development finance institutions, Sovereign Wealth Funds, family offices, Venture Capital firms, etc....

We bring value to your business by first understanding your financing and investment strategy. We help you define a suitable and optimum financing structure and identify the right capital provider to implement it.   

The quality of our advisory services is backed by a financing and banking expertise gained over 15 years in the financial hub of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We leverage on a network of 150+ banks and investors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and globally.  

We provide our expertise to corporates of all sectors, geographies and at every stage of their development.

Our mission is to be a force for good by facilitating access to capital for corporations and help them achieve the vision and the growth strategy of their shareholders.

Given the breadth of our network, the second vertical of our activity is the brokerage of investment opportunities for Family Offices, Private Equity firms and Sovereign Wealth Funds in accordance with their mandates.

Whether it is raising capital for start-ups, bringing in new/strategic equity partners, setting up new banking facilities, optimizing/restructuring existing debt, facilitating M&A operations or any other challenge that is unique to your business, there is always an adequate capital provider on the other side of the bridge.

We will take you there.

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Founder & Managing Director

Mostafa Merzouk

Mostafa founded Alcantara Advisory LLC in 2022, leveraging on a 15-year experience with leading international, regional and local banks in the financial hub of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mostafa started his career in 2008 at Societe Generale HQ’s in Paris with the commodities trading desk, performing credit and market risks analysis for the trading team.

Having elected Dubai as home in the early 2010’s, he experienced the market correction endured by local corporates specifically by being part of the steering committee teams of Nakheel, Limitless, Dubai Group and other high-profile restructurings. That experience helped him forge a strong understanding of the regional business landscape and acquire a fine acumen of financial management.

Ensued a 4-year experience at the largest UAE local bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank (formerly National Bank of Abu Dhabi), where he executed close to a 100 syndicated/club deal transactions in a wide array of sectors covering Real Estate, Manufacturing, Industrials, Energy, Shipping, Aircraft financing, Acquisition Finance, Hospitality, Shipping, etc...

His latest role was with a top-tier regional bank, National Bank of Kuwait (Dubai Branch), where he was a major actor of the development strategy. He initiated and nurtured C-level relationships with major corporates and managed to position the bank on numerous high profile transactions despite a very competitive environment and the bank’s limited reach locally. He successfully closed c. USD 1 billion worth of transactions through bilateral & syndicated/club deal financings.

Mostafa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Sorbonne University, Paris and a Master’s degree in Portfolio Management from University of Paris 12.