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Fares Noujaim

Fares Noujaim

Fares Noujaim (Arabic: فارس نجيم) joined Guggenheim Partners in September 2014. Previously, Mr. Noujaim was Executive Vice Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Noujaim was also a member of the Global Corporate & Investment Banking Leadership team and had served as Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds, after previously serving as President of Merrill Lynch Middle East & North Africa.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in June 2008,[1] Mr. Noujaim was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and was a member of Bear Stearns’ President’s Advisory Committee, having previously served as the committee’schairman. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Noujaim led banking teams providing capital markets and strategic advisory services to key domestic and international investment banking clients, including a broad range of global corporate enterprises andsovereign governments. He was Global Head of the firm’s Capital Markets Group from 1992 to 1997.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Noujaim has advised on M&A transactions valued over $450 billion and has facilitated financings totaling in excess of $1 trillion. Mr. Noujaim began his career with Goldman Sachs in 1985 and has served on the Board of International College as well as The National Council of Economic Education.[2]

“Fares is the prototype for the calling officer,” says former Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne. “He is like the Energizer Bunny.”

He has three children and studied at Pace University.


  1. Jump up^ Wall Street Journal. Merrill Vet is Promoted by BofA. June 11, 2009.
  2. Jump up^ Merrill Lynch Press Release. June 2, 2008.