John Hobday | Senior Managing Director | Head of Middle East
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John Hobday

John Hobday

  • Senior Managing Director, Head of Strategic Communications, Middle East
  • T: +971 4 437 2100
  • F: +971 4 437 2199
Office
    • PO Box 71253, Office 804, Level 8
    • South Tower Emirates Financial Towers
    • Dubai International Financial Centre
    • Dubai
    • United Arab Emirates
    • T: +971 4 437 2100
    • F: +971 4 437 2199
Expertise

John Hobday heads the Strategic Communications segment in the Middle East for FTI Consulting, having established the region’s first dedicated financial PR business in 2003. He is one of the Gulf’s best known communications professionals and is a regular commentator in regional media.

Mr. Hobday headed the team that won financial PR campaign of the year 2013 at the PR Week awards for supporting the listing of Asiacell in Baghdad and was part of the team that won an award for supporting Morrisons in its successful acquisition of Safeway in 2003. He has worked in the Gulf region for over ten years advising corporates and governments throughout the Arab world.

Mr. Hobday is a renowned adviser in special situations. Recently he advised Dubai World on its $26bn restructuring, the largest such project in the Middle East. He worked with Arcapita as it sought Chapter 11 protection (the first time a Gulf entity achieved this). He advised Asiacell on its pathfinding listing on the Baghdad bourse, the largest ECM transaction in the region since 2008 and supported Al Jaber Group, the largest employer in the Gulf on its restructuring. In 2012 Mr. Hobday supported Lloyds Banking Group in its disposal of Lloyds TSB Middle East and advised HSBC on its acquisition of Oman International Bank. Other recent transactions Mr. Hobday has advised on include the listing of Dubai Parks and Resorts on the Dubai Financial Market.

He continues to advise several long term clients such as Istithmar World, Hikma Pharmaceutical, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Invesco.

He has advised on capital market transactions, corporate profile raising and crisis management in all Gulf states and other markets in the Middle East such as Jordan, Syria and Iraq.

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