Corporate Credentials Q3 2010
â€œDelivering Global Property, Private Equity and Wealth Management services to private & corporate investors.â€?
Core Business Activity
Property Bulk Brokerage
Board of Directors
Private Equity Creative
Private Equity Real Estate
Private Equity Finance
Private Equity Data
Wealth Management Summary
Wealth Management Investment Philosophy
Ownership International Company 1
International Company 2
International Company 3
International Company 4
International Company 5
Trust 1 Private Investor 1
Private Investor 3
Private Investor 2
Board of Directors
(appointed by the above)
Creative Business Development
Core business activity
10% Wealth Management
15% Private Equity
Real Estate Data
UKCIG is owned by various international companies, trusts and private investors who have elected the Board of Directors to manage its affairs. All key financial and conceptual decisions are made by the board. UK Capital Investments Group has three core business divisions, with Global Property accounting for 75% of the groupâ€™s activity, Private Equity 15%
and Wealth Management 10% each. Wealth Management was solidified as a core business division in late 2009, as the demand was apparent and the Board felt the internal level of knowledge and expertise, particularly in the GCC region warranted such a division being formally established.
United Kingdom & Europe
United Arab Emirates
This diagram above outlines our sales network. The strategic locations of our sales agents means we are able to distribute product to practically every market in the world. This, we believe sets us apart from our competitors, many of whom have limited reach. If you wish to reach the Eastern European, Western
European, GCC, Asian or British markets we are well placed to do so. Our sales agent network is continually subject to review, depending on current data and market analysis.
Support Activities Company Infrastructure Human Resources Management Technology Development Procurement Primary Activities
Design & Architecture
Sales & Marketing
After Sales Care
ECA London Architects
LEED Green Building Rating System
Investments & returns
Drake & Skull
Joint ventures with governmental depts Joint ventures with large institutions Joint ventures with other developers
Royal Institute of British Architects Code of Conduct (RIBA)
ISO 9001 ISO 14001 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) compliant
Promotions/offers Branding Graphic design Interior design Global product distribution Real Estate Brokerage
UKCIGâ€™s principles and working methods are underpinned by a number of benchmarks and working standards. We operate under adherence to the standards and ethics of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Surveyors, Engineers, Chartered Institute of Builders and Association of Project Managers. Projects are conceived by our in-house,
RIBA registered chartered practice. All architectural work is also based upon principles espoused in RIBA forms of appointment and in their guidance for working methods. The diagram above illustrates our primary business activities, support services, and subsequent accreditations, it also lays testament to the fact when hard work, knowledge and expertise are
applied during the land procurement, design & architecture, and construction stages the sales & marketing, re-sales and after sales care standards are easier to achieve, resulting in higher returns for our clients.
Property Metropolis Lofts Metropolis Lofts II Metropolis Imperial Marina Star Cavendish I & II Grosvenor Regency Oak Elite Residence Princess Tower Ajman Masterplan The Sloane 2 World Islands Ritaj City of Knowledge SIT Tower
Private Equity ECA London Pendragon Marhaus EC Consulting UK Healthcare Group Ethical Simply Invest Conduit Chorus Direct
Wealth Management Dubai Sports City Jumeirah Village, Dubai Dubai Marina Distressed UAE Opportunities Fund Distressed Dubai Opportunities Fund
Metropolis Lofts Jumeirah Village South, Dubai • Mixed use development, set within an 811 hectare site • Sold out
Metropolis Lofts is located in the magnificent Jumeriah Village, which is immediately adjacent to Jumeriah Golf Estates, Dubai Land and Dubai Sports City. The site is a ten minute drive from both the coast and the proposed new airport, Dubai World Central. Spread over 811 hectares, this mixed-use development is set amid verdant landscaping and features con-
• BUA 486,038sq ft • Value of Project 550 million AED • 620 units • Jumeirah Village South, Dubai
nected parks and boulevards. State-controlled Nakheel’s masterplan for the site is a harmonious blend of practicality and beauty: residential zones and office towers are a short walk from the gardens, restaurants, boutiques and promenades.
Marina Star Dubai Marina • 32 storey residential tower • Every apartment has ocean, marina or park views • Sold out
Dubai Marina is one of the world’s largest and best planned waterfront developments. The Marina will contain over 200 towers when complete, including Le Reve, where tennis star Roger Federer owns an apartment. Total floor space of over 50 million square feet (including Jumeirah Beach Residence) makes it the world’s largest man-made marina. The 11km promenade includes some
• BUA 191,000 sq ft • Value of Project 150 million AED • 213 units • Dubai Marina, Dubai
outstanding restaurants and shopping malls. Marina Star is a luxurious 25-storey residential tower located immediately on the Marina Walk. It has been meticulously planned to ensure that every apartment has breathtaking ocean, marina or park views, and maximum natural light, while maintaining residents’ privacy. The tower’s location is
impeccable: it has the only berthing available for super yachts on one side, and a park on the other. The beach is a short walk away. As well as studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units, the development houses one of the most chic penthouses in Dubai and has four secluded villas within its grounds.
Cavendish I & II Awali City, Ajman, UAE • Optimal, stylish residential and retail units • Comprehensive infrastructure • Sold out
The Cavendish is situared within New Ajman, on the Emirates Road, a visionary and ambitious masterplan that includes commercial and residential properties, essential services and infrastructure. Awali City is a key part of this development, and within Awali City stands The Cavendish. Designed to the highest international standards, the Cavendish offers optimal, stylish, and thoroughly
• BUA 770,000 sq ft • Value of Project 671 million AED • 772 units • Awali City, Ajman, UAE
contemporary residential and retail units. The tower is less than half an hour from Dubai International Airport, with the city boasting a comprehensive infrastructure.
Regency Oak Bradford, United Kingdom • 24 contemporary ready-built apartments in Bradford, UK
Regency Oak is situated within a quit residential suburb of Bradford. This building is set within a shaded avenue of trees. It is accessed from the first floor and is set within in an acre of grounds. Bradford is a thriving city in the North of England. It is also close to a number of other famous northern cities such as Manchester, leads and Sheffield. It borders the picturesque countryside
• BUA: 11,908 q ft • Value of Project: 14,400,400 AED • Number of Units: 24 • Location: Bradford, United Kingdom
of the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. The building offers a contemporary, functional design with simple well laid out interiors. The building is set within 4,400 Square metres of land and benefits from a large car park, CCTV and double-glazing. The project is being offered at an extremely good value due to being a
distressed property. The project can be purchased as a whole or on a unit-byunit basis. The project is available with 19 long-term tenets, giving instant security to investment in this project.
The Grosvenor Hamydia City, Ajman, UAE • Residential, commercial and retail units • Real Estate Recovery Scheme (RERS) product • Sold out
The Grosvenor, Hamydia City, Ajman offers investors of any nationality true and transparent, 100 per cent freehold ownership. The Grosvenor is grand, British, reliable, and a wise investment. Add to that a dash of daring, a slice of cuttingedge design and a flourish of sleek and sophisticated finishing and you’re getting closer to this development’s
• BUA 548,437 sq ft • Value of Project 467 million AED • 536 units • Hamydia City, Ajman, UAE
unique character. Near to the New Ajman visionary and ambitious masterplan project that includes commercial, residential and leisure spaces plus all the essential infrastructures and services, The Grosvenor, on the Emirates Road, is well placed to see significant investor benefits. As with The Cavendish towers, The Grosvenor is also a short distance from Dubai.
Metropolis Lofts II Jumeirah Village, Dubai • G+4 residential development • Comprehensive infrastructure • Thoroughly modern, European design
Metropolis Lofts II is a residential, super contemporary apartment building located in the hub of Jumeirah Village. It is located in the Northern most end of Jumeirah Village master development. It is similar height buildings (ranging from villas to medium rise 6 floor buildings) surrounding it. It is in a zone of the development in which construction is relatively advanced. • BUA 102,441 sq ft • Value of Project 130 million AED • 86 units • Jumeirah Village South, Dubai
Metropolis lofts II, is the smaller but more arguably more refined, little brother of the Manhattan Loft style, suit of 3 projects being developed by UKIG. The other 2 projects are -Metropolis Lofts I, a twin tower G + 36 storey development and Metropolis Imperial a G+15 mixed use development, all in Jumeirah Village. UCKIG developed the designs for this project based around a series of layers
and screens. The project contains a plethora of devices that demarcate the envelope of the building. The ambition for the project is to provide a number of intermediary spaces within the edge of the building. These areas will provide shaded places to sit and enable users to enjoy outside use for greater periods of the year than would otherwise be possible.
The Sloane New Ajman, Ajman • 3+G+25 floor commercial building • Emirates Lake Towers is one of the more secure master developments in Ajman
The Sloane I & II are both tower developments with the master development known as Emirates Lake Towers. They both consist of a ground floor, 5 podium floors, 25 residential floors and health clubs at the top. The sites occupy some of the best plots in the development as they face directly onto the lake. The restaurants and health clubs are at the centre of the site.
• BUA: 600,000 sq ft • Value of Project: 250,000,000 AED • Number of Units: TBC • Location: Ajman, UAE
Emirates Lake Towers is one of the more secure master developments in the current climate within the New Ajman area, as it is adjacent to the Emirates City development, which is progressing well. It is understood by UKCIG that this development will quickly progress in tandem with Emirates City. The design for the project is under development at present and will only be
disclosed after full consent is given by the Ajman authorities. It will of course be of the highest design standards, and will be unique in its amenities and quality of accommodation to this development.
City of Knowledge South of Makkah, Saudi Arabia • Includes a variety of districts including a light industrial zone, a hospital quarter and mixed use apartments. • To feature the world’s largest Islamic museum
UKCIG has agreed to provide its services to assist with the development of a 5.9km square site to the south of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. City of Knowledge is within close proximity to the holy city, nestled between surrounding hills, and will provide 90 million square feet of housing, and a variety of districts including a light industrial zone, a hospital quarter, mixed use and short stay apartments.
• BUA: 90 million sq ft • Value of Project: TBC AED • Number of Units: TBC
At its centre will be the world’s largest Islamic museum – ‘City of Knowledge’. Public buildings and squares will also litter the central areas of the city and will be designed by signature architects. So as not to distract from the central focus of the city of Makkah, City of Knowledge will not contain any mosques. UKCIG has been appointed to master plan the entire 5.9km City of Knowledge
project and will be responsible for the project management of the entire scheme to ensure the development meets the high standards and efficiencies UKCIG’s own projects always adhere to. In addition, UKCIG has been granted the exclusive sales and marketing rights to the entire project throughout the world.
Ajman Masterplan Ajman • Covers an area of 3,413,000 BUA • For residential and commercial development purposes
UKCIG is planning to acquire 2,178,000 square feet of land in a new neighbourhood of Ajman for residential and commercial development purposes. The site has approval for 3.2 million sq ft of housing, and 800,000 sq ft of commercial use. Development within this site will include office space targeting the service sectors of the UAE economy, with the
• BUA: 3,413,000 sq ft • Value of Project: 2.2 billion AED • Number of Units: TBC • Location: Ajman, UAE
objective of attracting this sector away from Dubai. Ajman will become an ‘alternative gateway’ to Dubai and will benefit from the enormous investment Dubai has made in a range of industries, including tourism, aircraft maintenance, aluminium smelting and healthcare services. These industries require a number of secondary support businesses, and that is the function of this development.
The residential quarters have been positioned so as to allow ease of access to both retail, office and leisure zones of the mixed-use neighbourhood. The site overlooks a 20 acre man-made lake.
2 World Islands The World, Dubai (Joint Venture) • G+4 mixed use development • Developed by Nakheel • Accessible by marine or air transport
UKCIG is entering into joint ventures with the current owners of 2 islands on the prestigious ‘The World’ development. The World is comprised of 300 man-made islands off the coast of Dubai, 4km off shore from a point halfway between Port Rashid and The Palm Jumeirah. The World was the brainchild of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister
• BUA 465,000 sq ft • Value of Project 3 billion AED • 134 units • Off the coast of Dubai
and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The islands will be built in the shape of the world map and consist of four protective breakwaters on the outer perimeters to provide shelter from long and crossshore waves. The inner breakwaters will be a submerged reef and the outer breakwaters will be above water.
The World will be a sophisticated network of islands - master developer Nakheel will integrate a series of waterways, canals and lakes to enhance the overall design. All 300 islands will only be accessible by marine or air transport, with world-class marinas to berth boats, yachts and cruise liners. 2 mainland marinas will service The World.
Princess Tower Dubai Marina, Dubai • 40% constructed • Will be the world’s tallest residential tower • 39 units
Standing tall at 414 metres, Princess Tower will be the worlds tallest residential tower. It will offer luxurious living in a setting that is a combination of Islamic tradition and contemporary opulence. With breathtaking views, a wide array of amenities and its close proximity to numerous business, cultural and recreational venues - Princess Tower is destined to be one of Dubai’s most
• BUA available 118,519 sq ft • Value of Project remaining 147 million AED • 39 units • Dubai Marina, Dubai
desirable residences. The tower will feature 750 luxury residential apartments, including two, three and four-bedroom units, in addition to duplex villas and penthouses. Opulent at every opportunity, the Entrance Hall on the ground floor will be gilded with white gold and supplemented with diamonds, rubies, opals, sapphires and crystals.
Elite Residence Dubai Marina, Dubai • 35% constructed • Prime Dubai Marina location • 10 penthouses
The Elite Residence when completed in 2010 will be one of the tallest residential towers in the world. It has a floor area of 1.4 million square feet; large for a single tower, even by Dubai’s standards. The building benefits from a large health club over two floors with a series of temperature-controlled pools, gymnasium and health spa, a day care nursery, private car parking for all and a state of
• BUA available 71,877 sq ft • Value of Project remaining 175 million AED • 10 units • Dubai Marina, Dubai
the art business centre. The design consists of a series of delicate and intricate facades styled in a post-modern manner making it stand out from its neighbours. This penthouse apartment is laden with facilities and mod cons; ample maids accommodation, vast living areas, sumptuous bathrooms, indoor pools and outdoor sun terraces.
Metropolis Imperial Jumeirah Village South, Dubai • G+20 mxed use development • Comprehensive infrastructure • Contemporary, European design
Developed by Nakheel, Jumeirah Village South is widely referred to as New Dubai. With its unrivalled facilities and views of Dubai Marina, it isn’t difficult to see why. The circular masterplan has symmetry in mind, beautifully designed from the outset. The development will contain 2,000 spacious villas, townhouses and mid-low rise towers - several of which
• BUA 542,000 sq ft • Value of Project 635 million AED • 438 units • Jumeirah Village South, Dubai
are now inhabited. It will also contain international hotels, schools, town and country clubs, community centres, retail facilities, commercial quarters, plenty of lush green parks, sports facilities and mosques. With a life-work balance very much in mind, Dubai’s thriving business districts are just minutes away, and the tranquility of the village makes residing here an utter pleasure. The success
to date of New Dubai is testament to renewed consumer faith in Dubai as a sound investment location.
Ritaj Dubai Investments Park, Dubai • 100% constructed • Multiple purchase options • 1060 units
Ritaj is a residential development of approximately 2000 apartments spread over 11, 4 & 5-story buildings. The development also contains a mosque a shopping centre and various community facilities. Several phases are complete with the remainder due for completion in the next 12 months. The project is located with Dubai Investment Park (DIP). DIP is well
• BUA available 1 million sq ft • Value of Project remaining 175 million AED • 10 units • Dubai Marina, Dubai
known for its sense of community and abundant facilities. The project in total covers an area of 3,200 hectors and represents 1.5 Billion Dirhams of investment by its parent company Dubai Investment PJSC. Amongst other things DIP has four shopping malls, seven international schools, hospitals, clinics and parks. There are several premiere residen-
tial complexes within DIP, such as The Green Community, Dubai Lagoon, Palisades and Dunes Village. Along side these are the business zones, attracting people to live and work within the same community.
S.I.T Tower Dubai Silicon Oasis Free Zone Area, Dubai • 3+G+25 floor commercial building • State-of-the-art amenities and facilities
Strategically located in the city of Dubai, and at the cross-roads of the globe’s emerging markets, Dubai Silicon Oasis was established with an objective of facilitating and promoting modern technology-based industries in the emirate of Dubai. Launched in 2004, Dubai Silicon Oasis is considered as one of the world’s leading centres of advanced electronic
• Project Status: 85% constructed • BUA: TBC • Number of Units: 384 • Location: Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai
innovation, design and development. It is the region’s engine towards establishing a stable knowledge base economy and extends an appealing value proposition embodied in the presence of full government support, competitive cost of operations, state-of-the-art infrastructure, advanced IT network, free-zone benefits, 100 per cent ownership, and above all an environment that is
specifically designed for the technology industry.
Property Design Manifesto
We take it upon ourselves to consider the design of our architectural projects at every point in the processes from inception to delivery, at all levels from procedure to aesthetics, and at every scale from detail to masterplan.
For us, architectural design is the process and buildings are the result. We should be measured by the quality of the design of these products. We do not promote over-design; in other words, design for design sake: such as extraneous elements and after thoughts. Design is at its best, barely noticeable; it should have an understated confidence that is simple, elegant and efficient. Good design is an enabler that allows us to live efficiently and in harmony with our environment. It should permit at its most basic, good hygiene and ergonomic efficiency and at best, piece of mind,
tranquillity and a better quality of life. Further more good architecture should stimulate the senses providing tactile and visceral pleasure. We use it as a springboard for the regeneration of failing areas of cities or as an indicator of quality and standards, in order that the projects are elevated head and shoulders above their peers. For us, in the way we work and our products, good design has many guises. Our accounting and legal procedures are derived from / benchmarked by, British Standards and formats (good design is about standards as much as anything else). All our projects are initially conceived in house (see specific processes detailed in the sections to the left of this text) and delivered in house. That is to say, our architectural team works in concert with our creative and brand team to crystallise the very first ideas and outline concepts for the projects, if you like a brief writing process. Those ideas are developed through as series of workshops, using drawings, models and 3D applications. Once initial designs have been agreed, our project delivery team (our project managers, surveyors, engineers and quantity surveyors) are then involved in overseeing the evolution of the design stages through a series of impact studies, specialist consultant reports and further crits* and workshops, submittals and approvals. When a project moves into or close to construction, design aspects remain privileged, so that logistical and economic barriers do not compromise the projects appearance and functionality.
We, and I as CEO, stand closely by this process and manifesto. It distinguishes us as an organisation, allowing for hitherto rarely seen levels of joined up thinking and continuity from inception, hand over and through the life span of our projects. Adam Covell.riba CEO
Management of UKCIGâ€™s developments during the delivery stage is fundamental to ensuring a successful conclusion of each project. Unlike many developers we allocate a significant resource to ensuring that all the parties to the construction contracts are fully engaged and effective in their roles. This includes specific activities such as ensuring the resources and management structure of the Consultant and Contractor project teams are appropriate and clear, organising and leading by implementing project controls,
defining roles and responsibilities, and developing communication protocols. We believe the cornerstones of delivery are realistic project planning coupled with effective and practical contract administration. This in turn facilitates a predictable cost management regime and, with work being undertaken in good time, allows quality and safety management to be implemented correctly. The depth of experience we allocate during delivery also means that we can anticipate those project design and con-
struction events that are likely to give rise to disputes and claims. Timely and clear decision-making, to resolve issues at the earliest opportunity, are part of the basics when delivering the certainty of success associated with a UKCIG development.
ACONEX Drawings, tenders, contracts, reports, schedules, project instructions, variations – they’re the lifeblood of construction projects and keeping track of them can be difficult. This is where ACONEX comes in. With a master online document management file, the team has all of the knowledge and information in one place, meaning distribution can be streamlined. Revisions are tracked and authorised people can access documents, drawings and files via a web browser. Aconex reduces the need for paperbased communication. When the team needs to print a file, versatile printing options can integrate directly with your print center to automate ordering. There is no need to physically manage bundles of drawings, you can order from your personalised print centre. With an online document management system, management can ensure everybody is working from the latest document version. Each time a document revision is made, auto-updates are distributed at the click of a button. 3D Modeling 3D Modeling serves throughout the design, tender and construction process. It enables us to visualise the project as
a whole, highlight potential problems and identify the critical path. The model allows the design to be interrogated at an early stage Primavera Project Planner Primavera is a Project Management Software package that is used for scheduling and tracking project related activities. Resources representing labor, materials and equipment are used to track time and costs for the project. Slippage of project activities are updated resulting in the adjustment of time related Gantt Charts. Monte Carlo Simulation Monte Carlo simulation, or probability simulation, is a technique used to understand the impact of risk and uncertainty in financial, project management, cost, and other forecasting models. When you develop a forecasting model – any model that plans ahead for the future – you make certain assumptions. Risk Management Risk management is the identification, assessment, and prioritisation of risks followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimise, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events.
Risks can come from uncertainty in financial markets, project failures, legal liabilities, credit risk, accidents, and natural causes. The Project Management Institute has developed risk management standards. The strategies to manage risk include transferring the risk to another party, avoiding the risk, reducing the negative effect of the risk, and accepting some or all of the consequences of a particular risk. Certain aspects of many of the risk management standards have come under criticism for having no measurable improvement on risk even though the confidence in estimates and decisions increase. RACI Matrix - Responsibility, Accountable, Consulted, Informed Responsibility Charting is a technique for identifying functional areas where there are process ambiguities, bringing the differences out in the open and resolving them through a cross-functional collaborative effort. Responsibility Charting enables managers from the same or different organisational levels or programs to actively participate in a focused and systematic discussion about process related descriptions of the actions that must be accomplished in order to deliver a successful end product or service.
Construction Project Management
The Project Management team consists of internationally experienced Project and Commercial Managers who have started and completed numerous prestigious projects in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China. With a broad depth of knowledge and experience, the team works closely with clients. With client transparency in mind, the team communicates the risks and rewards of each project. The team is committed to delivery and has every confidence in the justification and success of their recommendations. Direct in what they say and do, they appreciate time is money better than anyone. The team is not risk and the group is proud of that fact.
Our past and future performance is based on the teamâ€™s skills and experience in the science of coordinating people, equipment, materials, money and schedules to complete projects on time, to the required quality and within the approved cost. The team believes in leadership and active ownership of the project. Stake holders are informed regularly and guided to the projects successful conclusion. The team continues to improve the clientâ€™s developments in the form of supply chain strategy for consultants, contractors and specialists, building efficiency, technical innovation, added value through procurement, design,
specification and the latest project control systems. The ultimate aim is to find the best solutions to complex property and real estate challenges. The team are constantly focused on improving the environments in which our clients live, work and play. We deliver superior projects safely and efficiently, whilst working to industry best practice.
Construction Commercial Management
UKCIG takes an integrated approach to managing cost and value which allows key strategic decisions to be made at an early point in the project lifecycle and firmly underpins the financial success of our projects. In the current environment, it is not possible to take a prescriptive approach when deciding the commercial direction of a given development. We prefer to take a more tailored approach to each and every opportunity to ensure that the risks are properly managed and thus the investment returns maximised. For
the institutional investor, this provides the foundation for excellent returns, and for the end user we are able to provide the projects on time and to the quality associated with the UKCIG brand. The array of skills at our disposal are a reflection of the strength in depth of our commercial team. These range from the earlier stages of business case assessments and support to marketing and sales, through cost management, estimating and procurement and, during the delivery stages, change control, value management and financial reporting.
Applied thoroughly and with skill, these tools provide a real-time and transparent view of the commercial standing of each development, allowing careful management of the cash positions and the project payment schedules, which in turn keep our stakeholders and partners on track.
Corporate Board of Directors
“Exceptional achievements require exceptional people.”
Adam CEO & Principal Architect
Anthony Group CFO
Lisa Creative Director
Adam Covell is UKCIG’s principle architect. A RIBA Silver Medal winner, Adam was heavily involved in the upgrade, redesign and expansion of Totten-ham Court Road station for London Underground, the Money Zone in the Millennium Dome, conceptual shops for Sony UK and West End retail outlets for fashi-onable chains Woodhouse and Stone Island.
In recent years Anthony has gained experience within the property markets of Kazakhstan, Romania and Ukraine. Anthony brings with him the financial knowledge needed to make an efficient, financially robust, and highly profitable organis-ation. His priority is to continually strengthen the financial stability of the group.
Prior to being on the board of UKCIG, Lisa led the creative team of the UK’s governing political party, often working directly with the Prime Minister’s office. Prior to that Lisa’s creative direction career spanned many industries, including arts and entertainment, fashion, travel, youth, business and finance, sport and international development.
Corporate Board of Directors
“Exceptional achievements require exceptional people.”
David Project Director
Maryam Credit Control Manager
Robin Legal Director
Prior to becoming a board member in early 2009, David was Project Director on The Lagoons project in Dubai. David also project managed Dubai’s Old Town residential develop-ment, consisting of 39 5 star arabic-themed low to midrise towers, part of The Burj Khalifa development (the location of the tallest building in the world). David’s project management and construction career spans 25 years.
Maryam, who holds a UK ACCA (Association of Chartered Accountants) qualification has held the tough position of Credit Control Manager at UKCIG for 18 months. Prior to this, she worked in Kenya as an External Auditor, and she was Chief Accountant of the Lootah Group, Dubai.
Before Robin sat on the board he worked for a number of prestigious UK law firms, including Olswang. Robin has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of commercial law. Robin ensures that all transactions comply with applicable local regulations and laws.
Corporate Board of Directors
â€œExceptional achievements require exceptional people.â€?
Martin Financial Modeller
Sharon HR Director
Martin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London. He then moved to HSBC Specialist Investments. While at HSBC Martin worked on the financial modelling of residential property and private finance initiative funds. He also generated operational, statutory and investor reporting for fund and fund management entities.
Sharon has spent 6 years working in Government and Semi Government organisations such as Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Dubai Holdings Group, she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel
Private Equity Creative
Pendragon Marhaus is a full-service marketing communications agency who specialise in creating, building and sustaining brands for the real estate, construction and financial services industries. The team are all experts in their respective fields – marketing strategy, communication design, advertising, visual and strategic branding, online and
interactive design, plus outdoor media. Being all things to all people is not what Pendragon is about. Pendragon recognises where its expertise lies, and it doesn’t diversify from that. UKCIG recognised this when purchasing the company, and the ongoing business strategy dictates that business development remains focused on the three key industry sectors of real estate,
construction and financial services. Geographically, the GCC region has been identified as a key growth area, as the financial and real estate markets re-gain momentum during mid 2010 - 2012. With luxury real estate developments seeing some degree of success during the global downturn, this subsector is also an ongoing area of focus for Pendragon.
ECA (Edwards-Covell Architects) are an award winning multidisciplinary, UK registered, architecture practice. The emphasis of the practice is on architectural design excellence that’s at the forefront of contemporary design ideals in the UK today. As an integral part of the design, production and presentation of projects, ECA produce market leading, high quality;
three-dimensional visualisations and broadcast quality animations and films. Current projects are located in the UK, the Middle East and India. They range in contract value from 5M GBP to our largest development to date of 50M GBP. Our offices are located in London’s South Bank and our teams are headed up by a renowned architect, creative director, town planner and project man-
ager respectively. The company has been operating for over ten years.
Private Equity Real Estate
Edwards Covell Consulting is a construction industry consulting company offering architecture, project management, planning, quantity surveying and engineering services. ECC carefully plans, coordinates and administers construction projects. ECC provides clear and concise advice that focuses on strategic business outcomes, in addition to the completion of the
developments. The team is multi-disciplinary, and has seasoned director’s at its helm ensuring the continued, steady growth of the company. ECC is a pragmatic organisation, a rarity in today’s market. The Project Management team consists of internationally experienced Project and Commercial Managers who have completed numerous prestigious projects in the
United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China. They take a particular care to ensure that developments are optimised with regard to supply chain strategy for consultants and contractors, specialist building efficiency, technical innovation, added value through procurement, design, specification and the latest project control systems.
Diminishing returns in the traditional property sector over the last five years has led investors to search out more attractive returns on property with operating cash-flows. UKCIG has selected nursing homes, assisted living and retirement communities for the elderly and specialist care homes for individuals with learning disabilities, as offering an attractive risk-reward balance. Client demand for both elderly and specialist care is not subject to trends or seasonality. Both the elderly and specialist sectors have a current under-supply
of care provision in the UK. Over 9.5 million of the UK population is over 65 years of age, with half a million already living in a care home. The elderly population of the UK is forecast to increase by nearly two million over the next 15 years, an increase of around 20 per cent. There is particular demand for newly built, premium quality facilities. Service users in the specialist sector often travel long distances for placement in a suitable home. There are currently more than 110,000 adults who have learning disabilities in the UK - all requiring some
form of high quality care home support. These numbers are projected to grow by 40,000 over the next 25 years, equating to a 30 per cent increase in demand. UKCIG’s ‘operating’ model, involves buying existing care homes and then applying our proven management techniques, or increasing capacity in order to enhance profitability. Enhanced earnings are translated into a capital gain upon exit as well as offering investors an income return during the holding period.
Private Equity Finance
Simply Invest offers quick and easy investment solutions to women residing within the GCC region. The concept was to dispel the complexity of financial products by repackaging them in a simple and easy to understand way. Simply Invest was also committed to simplifying the investment process itself. A revolution in the finance world, Simply Invest was a huge success
with women who preferred to spend their time in pursuit of leisure but whom financial stability was important too. The Simply Invest team comprises of experts from the fields of land, real estate, town planning, finance and marketing.
Ethical will operate and manage an online insurance sales interface linked in to a lead insurance underwriter that will deal with all the back office administration required of an insurance company. What differentiates Ethical from the rest of the UK insurance market is that it will donate a share of each premium to large charitable causes. In line with UKCIG’s Corporate Responsibility Program, Ethical looks to be a perfect fit for the group. According to the Association of British Insurers’ September 2008 report, the UK insurance industry is the largest in Europe and now the second largest in the world, accounting for 11% of total worldwide premium income. According to the Association of Brit-
ish Insurers’ September 2008 report, the UK insurance industry is the largest in Europe and now the second largest in the world, accounting for 11% of total worldwide premium income. Ethical will look to sell personal general insurance policies, which includes contents, building, vehicles and health insurance. The personal general insurance market according to Datamonitor is forecast to reach a value of GBP 33.1 billion by 2012. People’s buying habits have changed over the last ten years. In general insurance, the change is most clear for retail sales with the proportion of people buying insurance through brokers fell from 55% in 1997 to 34% in 2007. There has
also been a huge increase in customers purchasing online and UKCIG believes that this is the market to aim for. UKCIG found that there was very little differentiation in the UK insurance market and that brand differentiation had become increasingly difficult to achieve. The purchasers were buying based upon price rather than on brand. With the insurance industry suffering in the current economic climate UKCIG believes that a niche place in the market is required. With Ethical planning to donate ten per cent of its profit to ten of the biggest charities in the United Kingdom, Ethical believes it will achieve the brand differentiation it requires.
Private Equity Data
Chorus Direct is a UK-based direct marketing call centre business UKCIG acquired in 2005. UKCIG recognises that by understanding customers better, its clients can secure more from their customer base which will, in turn enhance revenue and profit opportunities. Providing a high quality customer experience can
also support a company’s growth and retention strategy and present real cost benefits. Chorus offers fully trained, permanent telesales staff that are immediately available to clients, script writing services where necessary, a 250 seat predictive dialler capability, technologically advanced data profiling services, remote listening facilities for quality
control monitoring and staff training, and real time online reporting and client analysis feedback. Exited in 2008.
Conduit offers data services in the B2B and B2C markets. It enjoys an enviable reputation for quality and integrity along with the successful application of technological innovation. Considered as one of the UK’s most innovative, results-driven marketing companies, Conduit specialises in creating and delivering unique business solutions for a wide range of organisations throughout the UK. Offering a highly sophisticated range of business data, database marketing and analytical services. Conduit is supported by the rest
of the Group - with a range of advanced contact options. All aspects of client campaigns are meticulously planned and managed - including target selection, response tracking, and return on investment reporting. Above all Conduit has a single-minded passion - we’re absolutely dedicated to making you money. Conduit is different from other organisations that passively provide data to their clients. Although comfortable with selling data, it thrives when it partners with clients to develop solutions that
meet their commercial objectives. Conduit has assisted hundreds of clients with expanding their business; they’ve increased rate of sale and have seen significant increases in returns on investment - and in certain cases have taken some of the commercial risk on behalf of its clients in return for a share of the profits. The precise way that Conduit works varies from client to client. Clients can choose from a complete endto-end solution right through to renting a few names from one of their lists, and every stage in between.
Wealth Management Summary
Comparative Returns 12 month period to Dec 2009
UKCIG Wealth Management 20% Barclays Property Fund 14.8% HSBC Property Investment Fund 13.9% Awa’ed Real Estate Fund 7.0% Saraya Real Estate MENA Fund 0% Samba Real Estate Fund 5.3% TNI MENA Real Estate Active Fund 17.4% Noor Local & GCC Equity Fund 8.7%
UKCIG Wealth Management offers property-based products that deliver an average return of 20%. The objective is to seek the enhanced capital appreciation available due to the fall in property prices in the UAE. UKCIG WM is firmly taking advantage of the fall in property prices in the UAE, the location of our current products. UKCIG WM has identified some key projects in the emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ajman which should provide excellent returns over a 3 year timescale.
UKCIG Wealth Management (“UKCIG WM”) is motivated by a single purpose to create and maintain the wealth of our clients - private individuals and larger, institutional investors. Few real estate companies today can rival UKCIG’s extensive knowledge of the Middle Eastern real estate market. With over 5 years experience in the Middle Eastern market, we offer the expertise within the group to those looking to invest in the region. Whether you are looking for a single distressed residential tower opportunity, or if you wish to
add multiple commercial buildings to your portfolio, we can provide an array of tailor-made products. Our research department always supports the profitability of our ready-made products, as it does on behalf of clients who wish to design an individual portfolio. The products listed on our corporate website are a small selection of our current availability, please do contact us to discuss our inventory in more detail.
Wealth Management Investment Philosophy
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A disciplined investment process based upon innovative research enables UKCIG to enhance returns. UKCIG aims to maximise the balance of risk and reward at all times in pursuing our objective of delivering superior risk adjusted returns. With our advanced portfolio modeling techniques, we provide an understanding of the risks and rewards of different property
investments and their place in multiasset portfolios. For investment managers we anticipate the indirect placement packages we offer to provide returns in the region of 20% per annum over a minimum two year investment term. For private investors looking to invest in one of our direct placements we anticipate returns in the region of 20%
per annum over a minimum two year investment term. UKCIG WM has performance hurdles for all investment products offered, by which UKCIG WM does not profit until the investorâ€™s anticipated returns on capital have been achieved.
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