The only Alternative Investments consultancy founded by Gulf nationals.


Arkan Partners is an independent Alternative investment consulting firm founded in 2009 by Faisal Y. Al-Awadi and Ali S. Al-Salim.

Based in the Gulf, the partners work closely with international asset managers and the Middle East investment community.


Arkan Partners provides advisory and research services to international asset managers looking to improve their business development strategy in the Middle East by enhancing knowledge and broadening relationships.

The firm also offers a local, real-time source of intelligence on the Alternative investment industry to Middle East investors.

Since inception, Arkan Partners has consulted to numerous leading Alternative asset managers based in New York, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong that collectively manage Alternative assets in excess of $250bn and total assets of $2tn.


Arkan Partners has an exclusive partnership with one of the largest, leading Operational Due Diligence specialists.

Our diligence service is multi-asset class, covering all forms of third-party fund managers from hedge funds, private equity, real estate to long only.

Our process is comprehensive and incorporates reviews of management companies, human resources, regulation & compliance, valuation & accounting together with IT & Cyber diligence

Supported by a team of over 50 professionals, Arkan Partners has a truly global reach.


The rapidly evolving regulatory environment across the GCC requires foreign fund managers to be aware of changes that can impact their ability to do business with Gulf investors.

Arkan Partners has built an institutional-quality compliance solution for foreign funds that wish to be marketed to GCC investors in accordance to local regulations.


The partners, both Gulf nationals, possess an unparalleled understanding of the region and international experience having worked within the Alternative investment industry at firms including Goldman Sachs International and Fortress Investment Group.

Faisal Y. Al Awadi has extensive experience working with international Hedge funds and investors across the Middle East and Europe. Prior to co-founding Arkan Partners, Faisal spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs between New York and London post receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business-Economics from Brown University.

Ali S. Al Salim has a background in both making Alternative investments and Business Development. Prior to co-founding Arkan Partners, Ali was responsible for Middle East capital formation at Fortress Investment Group in London. Previously Ali managed portfolios of Hedge Funds at Global Investment House in Kuwait. Ali has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University.


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Telephone: +965 9787 8007

PO Box 2668