Tamweel… launches expert Advisory Panel

(From left to right. Top row: Ann Elliott, Charlie McVeigh and Jyotin Sethi. Bottom row: Richard Hilton, Frank Bandura and Simon Havers)

Tamweel launches Advisory Panel as it continues to build momentum and establish itself as the go-to M&A and private equity advisor for the best brands in the leisure and hospitality sector.

Tamweel, a leading M&A and private equity boutique is pleased to announce the launch of its Advisory Panel. A collection of C-suite talent and serial entrepreneurs drawn from the worlds of leisure, hospitality and investment.

The move follows a successful run of deals, where Tamweel has completed some of the sector’s most standout transactions and has worked alongside some of the best brands in the industry (Swingers, Inception Group, Gymbox, Frame, Ten). It is now preparing itself to support operators and their recovery as the industry faces the challenges brought on by Covid-19.

The Advisory Panel will provide Tamweel’s clients with access to a mix of additional skills, a wide network of highly valued relationships and individuals with an exceptional track record in:

Brand building, marketing and comms

Finance, operations and restructuring

Strategy, investment, growth and exit

It includes:

Ann Elliott – Founder and CEO of leading marketing and communications business Elliotts, the go to marketing agency for the hospitality and leisure sectors.

Charlie McVeigh – Founder of iconic and award winning pub group Draft House which he grew to sixteen sites before exiting to Brewdog in 2018. Charlie is a champion for the sector and the inspiration behind #ProjectPint. He is also a serial investor and Chairperson, with a portfolio that includes The Breakfast Club, one of London’s best all day trader brands, and Butchies, the emerging fried chicken brand.

Frank Bandura – Former CFO of some of the UK’s most well known hospitality brands (Carluccio’s, Gaucho, All Star Lanes) and currently interim CFO at Gusto. Frank is a veteran of the finance world; and has been on the front line through the highs and lows of private equity ownership, UK and cross border expansion, debt fundraisings, IPOs and restructurings.

Jyotin Sethi – Former Barclays private equity investor, and now Co-Founder and CEO of JKS Restaurants. An award winning hospitality group with a unique portfolio of restaurant formats ranging from Michelin starred premium dining, fast casual and home delivery. JKS operates some of London’s best loved restaurant brands including Gymkhana, Trishna, Bao, Hoppers, Brigadiers, Lyle’s, Sabor, Kitchen Table amongst others as well as delivery brand Motu.

Richard Hilton – Serial deal doer, entrepreneur and founder of Gymbox, one of the UK’s hottest health & fitness brands. In his time at Gymbox, Richard raised debt, mezzanine and equity finance; consistently delivering attractive returns for his investors.

Simon Havers – Former Chair of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, the UK’s leading trade body for the private equity community. And previously Chief Executive of one of Europe’s leading private equity funds.


Ali Aneizi, Tamweel’s Founder said:

“I am super-excited to welcome the panel members to the Tamweel family. Like our clients, they’ve been on the front line as founders, entrepreneurs and operators. Between them they have grown, advised and sold some of the best leisure and hospitality brands in the market. Having them on board will allow us to deliver a suite of advisory solutions to our clients, addressing the many needs faced by the sector in an increasingly complex environment. We’re fired up, committed and ready to play a part in the recovery; to support the best brands and operators get back in the saddle, back in the game and back to growth.”

Ann Elliott, commented:

“The Tamweel team have completed some great deals with some great brands. They understand the world of the operator and the institutional investor and are committed to delivering the best deals possible for their clients. I’m really looking forward to working with them to help operators and brands survive, grow and thrive in a post Covid world.”

Charlie McVeigh, added:

“Many very good – or even great – businesses will need to take radical action to shore up their balance sheets while setting a strategy to thrive in the post-Covid world. This team is well-placed to assist in that process – I look forward very much to being involved.”