Ziad K. Abdelnour

Advisor

Ziad K. Abdelnour, founder of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. is a trusted partner to DPG investments. DPG in conjunction with Blackhawk partnership specifically focuses on management led and leveraged buyouts, private equity transactions, and targeted alternative investments across all sectors. Mr. Abdelnour’s experience and reputation remains valuable to DPG, while allowing DPG to expand its East Coast global markets presence with Blackhawk Partners.

Mr. Abdelnour is a dealmaker, trader and financier with over 25 year experience in merchant banking, private equity, alternative investments and physical commodities trading. Since 1985, Mr. Abdelnour has been involved in over 125 transactions in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets and has been widely recognized for playing an integral role in those three key market sectors.

Before founding Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity ”family office” that focuses on originating, structuring and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financings, Mr. Abdelnour held numerous senior positions at European American Advisors; Inc.,; THCG Inc .(formerly Hambro America Securities); Ladenburg Thalmann and Drexel Burnham Lambert’s High Yield Bond Department where his responsibilities included investing, financing and restructuring over 100 companies spanning the industrial, logistics, consumer and manufacturing industries both in the US as well as in emerging markets.

Mr. Abdelnour has extensive connections with the Washington political, government and intelligence establishments having served since 1994 as a friend and advisor to a number of agencies and organizations associated with such entities in various capacities; especially when dealing with fiscal and foreign policy matters.

On a more personal level, Mr. Abdelnour is Founder and President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL), Founder and Chairman of the Financial Policy Council, Member of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Forum and Former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America.

Mr. Abdelnour enjoys an American and Lebanese dual citizenship and holds an MBA in financial engineering from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut . He is also a regular panelist and speaker on private equity and venture capital topics at industry conferences.