Omar Syed is a member of the Supervisory board at Bleckmann and has over 16 years of private equity and consulting experience. Mr. Syed is focused on developing the Firm’s operations in Turkey, having recently raised a Turkey dedicated fund in excess of USD 500m focused on providing growth capital to mid market companies across diverse sectors.
Having joined The Abraaj Group in 2007, he was a part of the team that led the Abraaj Group’s first acquisition in Turkey, the Acıbadem Healthcare Group, as well as the Group’s most recent acquisitions in Turkey including Yörsan Group, Hepsiburada, and Fibabanka. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yorsan Group and a member of the Board of Directors of Hepsiburada.
Prior to joining Abraaj, Mr. Syed was a Vice President at American Capital, a publicly traded US private equity firm with over US$ 21 billion in assets under management. Mr. Syed spent six years at ACAS comprehensively developing his PE track record, transaction execution capabilities and portfolio management skills, focusing on US mid-market buyouts, growth financing and financial restructurings with investments ranging from US$ 50 million to US$ 500 million across various industries and sectors including industrial manufacturing, engineering and construction, transportation and logistics, consumer products and chemicals.
Mr. Syed began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Canada, working in their Assurance and Business Advisory and Transaction Services practices, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.
Mr. Syed holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Management from McGill University and a Masters in Accounting from Concordia University.