Former Group CEO of Emirates NBD to Lead LUMINA’s entry to UK, oversee further Mid East Expansion

We are delighted to announce the first step in our expansion strategy with the arrival of former Emirates NBD Group CEO, Rick Pudner. Based out of London, Rick will initially focus on shaping the significant bilateral economic opportunities between the UK and the Middle East, in the lead up to Brexit.

Rick commented on the company’s strategic direction: “Among the impacts of Brexit are a range of key economic, capital and trade implications for UK mid-market and private companies operating in the Middle East markets. With LUMINA’s focus firmly on the mid-market segment in the Middle East region, our UK clients will have, much needed, direct access to our Dubai based senior execution team, with significant global experience of capital and M&A transactions in the Middle East region.

I am excited with the challenge of developing LUMINA’s UK and wider Middle East business, the significant opportunities this presents for our clients, and look forward to being a continuing part of the LUMINA growth story.”

George Traub, Managing Partner of Lumina said: “I am hugely excited that Rick has decided to take up the role and lead Lumina’s strategic growth plans, which is a testament in itself. This is just the first step in our vision to connect the UK, UAE and Saudi Arabia markets and I am confident that with Rick’s global experience on board our growth and market presence will take on a significantly accelerated momentum.” 

Lumina is becoming increasingly recognised for its comprehensive funding solutions offering including: equity capital advisory, debt advisory, project financing, and capital restructuring for companies looking to expand their businesses. Lumina also provides specialist M&A transaction advisory services to owner-managed entities across a broad spectrum of industries and sectors.