Meet the team

MARKUS
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 only see issues.

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

Markus moved to the UAE in 2006 to be Co-Head of Trading for Emirates Bank (now Emirates NBD) Global Markets in charge of 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
Simon has over 25 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.
MARC
Marc has over 20 years experience in Financial Services having initially worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) for 11 years where he qualified as a CPA. He then worked for Credit Suisse (CS) for over 14 years as a Managing Director in a variety of Financial Control roles as well as COO for the EMEA Fixed Income business. In 2011, Marc joined as CFO for Moscow based Renaissance Capital (RC) before moving to ANZ’s EMIA business before ending up in the UAE. For both PWC and CS, he was at various times based in New York, London and Zurich. At CS, RC, ANZ and CBI he was the regulatory approved functional key person.

Prior to joining Fius in 2019, he was CFO for Commercial Bank International (CBI) in Dubai for four years. Marc is based in London.

Marc holds a BS in Business Administration-Accounting and Finance and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a two time Big 8 Champion and represented Canada at the World Track and Field Championships. A keen competitive cyclist, Marc established and developed one of the most recognised and successful amateur cycling teams in the UAE.
PAUL
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 in 2011, Paul worked at SNR Denton where he was a partner in their Corporate and Finance Departments in the Middle East and at Clifford Chance, where he oversaw a practice across the firm's Abu Dhabi and Dubai 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 (non-practising) of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
AbdulKarim has over 20 years’ experience across the full range of Compliance, Fraud Prevention, Anti Money Laundering, and Financial Crime disciplines. Most recently, AbdulKarim was Group Chief Compliance Officer for Wall Street Exchange part of Emirates Post Group. Prior to that, he has held compliance positions at Emirates Islamic Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Dubai Bank, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Barclays, and Citibank. He has previously also gained operational and insurance risk management experience with the DIFC, SCB, and Barclays.

AbdulKarim holds a Bachelor of Science specialising in International Marketing from American World University, Dubai, UAE with credits from Roosevelt University, Chicago Illinois, USA – Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration.
TOBY
Toby comes from a background of formal training in Engineering Management and has been project managing large scale turnkey construction projects, internationally, for over 20 years primarily in Oil & Gas, Military, and Commercial Construction. Most of these projects have been in traditionally difficult locations such as poorly developed countries, politically instable or sensitive and even war-torn or hostile environments.

Toby was a founding Director of one of the largest non-American, US Military Contractors of the last two decades. As Operations Director, he was significantly involved in the oversight, bidding, and project management of more than US$2bn of Construction and O&M contracts. Having developed much of his career as a contractor, he is particularly knowledgeable in how clients can effectively assure the quality of projects performed by their contractors. As an experienced problem solver driving logistical and engineering solutions, Toby recognises the core of a business's issues and risks and tactfully advises its leadership on, not only, what steps are needed, but also on how to take those steps.

Toby holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and Engineering Management (MEng) from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.
MARVIN
Based in Asia, Marvin is responsible for Fius' quantitative system development. Marvin has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry and has worked at Salomon, Lehman, ABN Amro and LDFM. His roles have included interest rate derivatives and macro trading, and the development of interest rate and credit derivatives risk management systems and decision support tools.

Marvin holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of London.
ADELE
Adele has over 15 years experience spanning New Zealand and the UK in marketing and business management ranging from airlines to dotcoms including Air New Zealand, Travelfusion, Salomon Brothers and Xerox. She helped set up Fius at its inception alongside its founder, Markus. Adele manages client relationships for Fius and is also Company Secretary to the Board of Directors.

In 2018, alongside Theresa Tsui and Carla Bygrave, she helped found Skills3, a women-led social impact enterprise that teaches sewing to women in marginalised communities including refugee camps in Iraq. Adele continues to volunteer in this field.

Adele has a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from University of Waikato, New Zealand and is an Affiliate of ICSA, the Governance Institute in the UK.
K
K is a key member of our team and brings plenty of enthusiasm to his job. Responsible for Fius' entire security detail as Head of Security, K safeguards Fius' premises, assets and systems, as well as the safety and wellbeing of employees and visitors.

K hails from Pontrhydyfen, Wales (interesting fact is it was also the place of birth of the actor, Richard Burton). K was top of the Terrier Class at the 2013 Pedigree Dubai Dog Show. K has settled well into his expat life in Dubai and enjoys chasing the local cats.
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