Wahid P. Chammas
Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Cyprus, Lebanon, U.K.
Wahid Chammas is Founder and Chief Investment Officer of TyreGate Capital Holdings, LTD, a wholly owned Principal Holding Company of the Chammas Family Office.
Wahid is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Real Estate Distressed Investments SAL, which is a private equity holding company that invests in distressed real estate in Cyprus and specializes in the purchase of non-performing bank loan portfolios from Cypriot and Greek banks.
Wahid is a shareholder and Managing Partner of The Luxury Fund which, together with its affiliated entities Azure Fund and TLF Ventures, invests in a diversified range of private and public securities issued by companies with global premier brand names in the luxury goods and services sectors. Most recently, Wahid served as Global Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sapinda Holding B.V., a privately-owned Principal Investment Holding company focused on special situation investment opportunities across Continental Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Previously, Wahid was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the Janus European Equity and Janus Emerging Markets Equity strategies. Wahid established Janus’ investment presence in Europe in 2008 and sat on the European Management Committee. He was recognized in Financial News (Dow Jones) as a Rising Star, 40 Under 40 in Asset Management, and has been highly rated on numerous occasions by Citywire. Previously, he was also an equity securities analyst, primarily focused on Janus’ investments in the leisure and consumer sectors globally.
Prior to joining Janus in January 2005, he spent eight years at Goldman Sachs, & Co., where he was a Vice President and Equity Securities Analyst, covering the media sector. Wahid joined Goldman Sachs’ Investment Research Division as a Vice President in 2002 from Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), where he served as the Chief-of-Staff for the U.S. distribution group, supporting strategic planning and management activities across the Asset Management Division.
Wahid was one of the youngest professionals ever to serve as an inter-divisional Chief-of-Staff. Prior to that, he worked in both institutional sales and the fixed income product management team.
Wahid sits on the Board of Directors of several companies, not-for-profits, and Funds, including Faith Connexion, Azure, Bora Capital, Trabaud 1804, R.E.D.I., as well as Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE).
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Amherst College, where he graduated with highest distinction honors, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. He also conducted research and spent time at the University of Michigan Medical School and Harvard University. He was awarded two Howard Hughes Fellowships and the James R. Elster Award for outstanding achievement in Biology.
Portfolio Manager, Lebanon
Prior to joining the firm, Léa worked as an equity analyst at Janus Capital in London where she generated and recommended investment ideas in Europe and the industrials sector. Léa also spent a summer at the endowment fund of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Washington, DC where she helped refine the asset allocation strategy for emerging markets, developed equities and directional hedge funds. Before that, Léa worked as an equity analyst at Passport Capital in San Francisco and London where she focused on the Middle East and North Africa and conducted extensive due diligence on industries and companies in the region.
Her educational background includes an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Sc. in Business Mathematics and Statistics from the London School of Economics.
Léa is an avid biker and snowboarder and is fluent in French, English, Arabic and Spanish. She moved back to Beirut, her hometown city, after spending the previous 12 years in Europe and the US.
Michel E. Sfeir
Head of Business Development & Portfolio Manager, Lebanon
Michel was assigned as Head of Business Development and Portfolio Manager at TyreGate Capital Holdings, where he will be responsible of the Real Estate transactions, as well as the short-term currency hedging, (FX), securing the holding’s position to ensure the greatest value for its investments.
Michel will be working closely with the founder, supporting him with the development of TyreGate Capital Holdings strategy, by following new trends and paradigms.
Prior to TyreGate Michel handled a leading role in advising firms across different industries and geographies on M&A activities and private placements, at ADS Securities, based in Abu Dhabi. During his tenure he accumulated a vast experience (including Due Diligence, Pitch building, Transaction structure, Valuation review, etc.), as well as operational experience working across different networks and managing clients in the GCC, China, South Africa, and the UK.
Michel also worked as a private consultant, managing HNWI accounts in the financial markets, specifically FX and bullion, where he succeeded in preserving investor’s value by hedging a portfolio of currencies during the EU crisis. In addition he worked on a private transaction at Real Estate Distressed Investments SAL -(REDI)- where he reviewed, analyzed, and presented the opportunity to HNWI to invest in non-performing bank loan portfolios from Cypriot and Greek banks.
Michel holds a Masters in Financial Economics from the American University of Beirut, with honors in his concentration courses. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the Lebanese American University where he graduated with honors.
Michel A. Jaklis
Before joining TyreGate Capital as an analyst, Michel was completing his Master of Arts Degree in Economics at the University of Chicago where he focused his research on emerging markets, and the MENA region in particular. He was also awarded a Master of Science in Management from Imperial College Business School, and a Master of Arts in Financial Economics from the American University of Beirut.
Michel has extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative research with an interest in finance, financial markets, social and behavioral research, and data-driven strategy. Michel will be working closely with the rest of team supporting them on all investment ventures.
On a personal note, Michel is an inveterate lover of art, culture, and knowledge. He is a bibliophile, a cinephile and a seasoned table-top gamer.
The rest of the team will be announced soon