SICO BSC (c), a leading regional asset manager, broker, and investment bank (licensed as a wholesale bank by the CBB), announced today that it has expanded the size of its Board of Directors to ten members from nine. Shaikh Waleed Khamis Al Hashar, CEO of Bank Muscat, has been appointed as non-independent Executive Director of the Bank. Bank Muscat, which owns a 10.38% stake in SICO has nominated Shaikh Waleed Khamis Al Hashar as its representative in SICO’s Board after obtaining the approval from the regulator. The shareholders resolved in the extraordinary general meeting held on Wednesday the 26th of January 2022 to expand the Board to 10 members and to appoint Shaikh Waleed Khamis Al Hashar as Director.

SICO previously acquired a majority stake in the Saudi-based “Muscat Capital”, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank Muscat, which has since been rebranded as “SICO Capital”. The acquisition took place by way of a share swap. As a result of the transaction, SICO owned 72.7% of “SICO Capital” and Bank Muscat owned 9% of SICO. Subsequent to the swap transaction, Bank Muscat acquired an additional 1.38% stake in SICO, which, together with the shares previously acquired, represents a shareholding of 10.38% of SICO’s share capital.

“We are very pleased to welcome Shaikh Waleed as the newest member of our esteemed Board of Directors,” said SICO’s Chairman, Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. “His regional expertise and decades of experience in the banking and finance sector will be invaluable to SICO as we grow and expand our businesses regionally in the coming years.”

Shaikh Waleed Al Hashar is the Chief Executive Officer of Bank Muscat, a position that he has held since 2019. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Oman Center for Governance and Sustainability, The College of Banking and Financial Studies, and the Oman Banks Association. Al Hashar has over 28 years of experience in banking, as well as the oil and gas sectors, where he held senior positions in a number of firms before joining Bank Muscat. He holds a postgraduate diploma in General Management from Harvard Business School and a BSc and Masters in Business Administration from California State University in Sacramento, USA.

“I look forward to working with my fellow board members and with the Chairman and executive management at SICO as we embark on the Bank’s next phase of development,” said Al Hashar. “I am confident that the new partnership between SICO and Bank Muscat will be a fruitful one, as we continue creating value for all our stakeholders.”


About SICO

SICO is a leading regional asset manager, broker, and investment bank, with USD 4 bn in assets under management (AUM). Today, SICO operates under a wholesale banking licence from the Central Bank of Bahrain and also oversees three wholly owned subsidiaries: an Abu Dhabi-based brokerage firm, SICO Financial Brokerage, a specialised regional custody house, SICO Fund Services Company (SFS), and a full-fledged capital markets services firm, SICO Capital, based in Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain with a growing regional and international presence, SICO has a well-established track record as a trusted regional bank offering a comprehensive suite of financial solutions, including asset management, brokerage, investment banking, and market making, backed by a robust and experienced research team that provides regional insight and analysis of more than 90 percent of the region’s major equities. Since inception in 1995, SICO has consistently outperformed the market and developed a solid base of institutional clients. Going forward, the bank’s continued growth will be guided by its commitments to strong corporate governance and developing trusting relationships with its clients. The bank will also continue to invest in its information technology capabilities and the human capital of its 100 exceptional employees. 

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