Meet the team

MARKUS FIALA
Markus has over 25 years of experience in structured trading and structured finance markets, and has been successful in creating many groundbreaking trades within a wide range of corporate and financial establishments. Markus has established himself as one of the most innovative structured finance professionals in the Middle East. His experience in the structured finance markets has led to the creation of bespoke funding solutions that suit borrowers and lenders alike. Markus can see solutions where others can see only issues.

Markus founded Fius in the summer of 2008 and the company gained its DIFC trade license in November 2009.

Markus moved to the Gulf region in 2006 to work with Emirates NBD’s Global Markets business, where he was Co-Head of Trading and ran the Structured Finance Business. Prior to moving to the Gulf, Markus was a partner at London Diversified Fund Management (“LDFM”), a top London Macro Fund. He was previously Head of Credit Trading at Enron Europe, based in London, and managed the structured trading business at Maple Securities (UK). He also held senior trading positions at CSFB, Credit Suisse Financial Products and before that, Society Generale and Royal Bank of Canada.

Markus holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

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Markus Fiala is a DFSA Authorised Individual.
SIMON WOMACK
Simon has over 20 years of experience in a vast array of control functions in the financial services sector including operational risk management, infrastructure, overhauling legacy fund structures, hedge fund management and managing day-to-day operations. Simon manages the business risks faced by Fius, whilst establishing and optimising the day-to-day operations of the company. Simon joined Fius in 2009.

Prior to joining Fius, Simon worked at London Diversified Fund Management ("LDFM"), where he was responsible for their Offshore Financial Operations. Simon helped build the infrastructure for structured credit products and the London Credit Fund at LDFM, prior to it being rolled into the London Diversified Fund.

In 2001, Simon helped establish Beaumont Capital, a London based Fund Manager which was subsequently purchased by Schroder’s PLC – there he went on to amalgamate the legacy Schroder processes with the infrastructure built by the Beaumont team to create the platform which eventually hosted all of the Schroder PLC Funds. Previously, Simon has held positions at Nomura PLC, Deutsche Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken; all within control functions.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Business with majors in Accounting and Finance from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, Australia.

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Simon Womack is a DFSA Authorised Individual.
PAUL DAVIES
Paul has over 30 years of experience, during which time he has been involved in a wide range of major corporate, financial and real estate transactions across the Middle East region. Paul has extensive experience advising on a mixture of M&A, debt and equity capital markets transactions, private placements, joint venture arrangements, inward investment agreements, structured finance offerings, corporate restructurings and investment funds (in both the conventional and Islamic spheres). Paul has also advised financial institutions on a range of regulatory issues. Paul’s clients have included leading multi-national and major local corporations, global financial institutions, arrangers, underwriters and sponsors, governments and quasi-governmental institutions. Paul joined Fius in 2011.

Prior to joining Fius, Paul worked at SNR Denton where he was a partner in their Corporate and Finance Departments in the Middle East. Paul also worked at Clifford Chance as the Head of the Middle Eastern Real Estate team from October 2008, where he oversaw the practice across the firm's Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha offices.

Paul holds a Masters in Arts (MA) from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from London University in the UK. Paul is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
JENNY KOH
Jenny has over 18 years of experience in Corporate and Investment Banking. She has worked with international and local clients across different industries e.g. financial services, oil and gas, energy, transportation and industrials in areas of corporate and structured finance, capital markets, treasury and financial markets solutions. Jenny recently joined Fius in 2015.

Prior to joining Fius, Jenny was with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in various roles based in Singapore, London, Seoul, Dubai and Hong Kong. She was part of the integration team when SCB made a USD2.0 billion acquisition of a bank in Korea. She was also responsible for managing SCB's strategic investors out of London.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) with majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a Certified Financial Analyst (“CFA”) charter holder.
LEE THOMPSON
Lee has worked as a compliance professional for the past 11 years based in both the UK and Dubai. In the UK, Lee worked for Brewin Dolphin – one of the UK’s leading providers of personalised, discretionary wealth management services as a Compliance Manager, providing the business with advice and guidance on a variety of regulatory matters. During his time at Brewin Dolphin he contributed to the implementation of the MiFID regulations and the UK Retail Distribution Review.

Prior to joining ETIVE Consulting, he worked in Dubai for Emirates NBD as a Compliance Manager in Private Banking, giving him exposure to the onshore regulatory requirements of the Securities and Commodities Authority and the UAE Central Bank.

Lee has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Studies from Northumbria University, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). He has obtained the CISI Diploma in Investment Compliance; the CISI DIFC Rules and Regulation Certificate; the CISI Investment, Risk and Taxation Certificate and the CISI Certificate in Investment Administration.
K
K is the youngest member of our team but brings plenty of enthusiasm and character. Responsible for Fius' entire security detail – K safeguards Fius' assets, intellectual property and systems, as well as the safety of employees and visitors.

K hails from Pontrhydyfen, Wales (place of birth of the actor, Richard Burton). Despite no formal education, K, at the tender age of four, was top of the Terrier Class at the 2013 Pedigree Dubai Dog Show. He is currently busy writing a memoir on his adventures and life in Dubai.
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