Hicham Bayali spent a large part of his career with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment banking arm of the World Bank Group for the private sector, where he led large advisory and investment transactions for the Financial Institutions Group department (FIG) across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia (EMENA) regions. Through a rotation in the IFC’s Cairo, Dubai and Rabat offices in an effort to enhance the coverage of the institution’s FIG clients in EMENA, M. Bayali and his team provided the IFC’s FIG clients in those regions with customized operational and financial advisory as well as investment services aimed at enhancing the growth of the micro, small and medium enterprise finance in the region. In 2012, he was nominated as a Global Business Leader within the IFC for his business leadership across three continents.
Mr. Bayali began his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick in 1997 before he joined the corporate finance and mergers and acquisition department of Vivendi Universal, working on external growth operations of the group’s telecommunication activity across Europe, through acquisitions of national public and private operators. In 2000, M. Bayali joined Citigroup’s arm for North Africa, where he worked across the full spectrum of corporate banking services and transactions including the structuration of senior and subordinated debt/quasi-equity funding, syndications, trade finance solutions, debt restructuring and remedial management solutions, as well as capital market transactions. In 2003, M. Bayali joined the microfinance industry as the Chief Financial Officer of Zakoura, the largest microfinance institution in MENA and Africa at that time, before he joined the IFC in 2006.
During his tenure at the International Finance Corporation, Mr. Bayali was involved in the execution of a large number of transactions across all areas of corporate finance and financial advisory. His industry experience spans across a broad range of sectors with a specific focus on financial institutions, where Mr. Bayali advised on an extensive number of assignments in the fields of corporate and SME banking as well as microfinance.
In 2016, Hicham Bayali founded Atrium Finance, an independent investment bank based in Rabat, to focus on strategic and financial advisory services for a broad range of Africa and Middle East-based clients.
Hicham Bayali holds a Master in Finance from Paris-Dauphine University, a Master in Accounting and Finance from Bordeaux-Montesquieu University and a Master in Business Law.