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May Nasrallah

Founder & Executive Chairwoman, deNovo Partners

Ms. May Nasrallah is the Founder and Executive Chairman of deNovo Corporate Advisors, an Independent, Middle-East focused corporate finance advisory firm, offering international bulge bracket expertise to MENA-wide and centric corporates and institutions. deNovo’s activities include regional and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and capital raising transactions covering clients across services and industries region-wide. Ms. Nasrallah’s leadership has established deNovo as the pre-eminent independent, regionally-headquartered boutique advisory firm. Ms. Nasrallah and deNovo’s advice is consistently sought by the region’s leading family groups, corporates and sovereign wealth funds as well as global firms seeking regional acquisitions. She also currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman and Senior Advisor for the Middle East Region at BlackRock, a global investment manager and technology provider.

Prior to founding deNovo, Ms. Nasrallah spent almost 16 years at Morgan Stanley in numerous capacities and geographies including New York, Hong Kong, London and Dubai. Most recently, she was Head of Investment Banking for the Middle East and North Africa region, where she established, led and grew Morgan Stanley’s first-ever on-the-ground investment banking presence in the Middle East, based in the DIFC, Dubai.

Ms. Nasrallah holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Masters in Management and Finance from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Ms. Nasrallah speaks fluent Arabic, English and conversational French. She is married and is the mother of four boys.

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