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Ramy El-Batrawi has structured many substantial business transactions, both nationally and internationally, over the past 20 years. He has worked, and negotiated transactions, with many significant high-net-worth individuals and private equity funds, including such prominent names as Adnan Khashoggi, Carl Ichan, Marvin Davis, and The Yucaipa Companies.
GSI is a consulting firm established to leverage Mr. El-Batrawi’s expertise in mergers and acquisition of closely held and public companies. His experience in developing bidding strategies, deal structuring, offer structuring, acquiring and growing companies and executing the transaction has led to win-win transactions for all parties. Through his ongoing relationships with high net worth individuals, investment banks, and private equity firms, Mr. El-Batrawi can close transactions on an expedited basis. His ability to quickly gain a comprehensive understanding of a business and an industry, the markets served, and its competitive position within the industry, and to build solid relationships with management has enabled him to formulate and execute the best financial and structural solutions to each and every deal.
In February 2004 Mr. El-Batrawi negotiated with the Ron Berkle’s Yucaipa Companies, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, on behalf of Piccadilly Restaurant investment Group, LLC to acquire the assets and ongoing operations of Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc. pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. Piccadilly Cafeterias is one of the largest cafeteria restaurant chains in the United States and is the dominant one in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions. Founded in 1944, Piccadilly currently operates 132 cafeterias in 15 states. The Company expects to generate $260 million in net sales in the first twelve months following acquisition.
In July of 2003 Mr. El-Batrawi negotiated and structured the financing for Telecom Pacific Investment, LLC to specifically invest in the telecommunications industry. At the time of the successful close-out of Telecom Pacific Investment, LLC in February 2004, just seven months after its formation, the value of the company had increased 53.6% over the amount of the original investments. Annualized, the return was approximately 90% on the total amount invested.
In 2002 Mr. El-Batrawi successfully structured approximately $18 billion in equity and debt financing in connection with a bid for Vivendi Universal. Mr. El-Batrawi successfully put together a consortium of high net worth individuals and private equity firms, which consisted of Marvin Davis, Texas Pacific Group, Apax, Allen & Co, Carlyle Group, Bain Capital, Blackstone, and others for a total equity of $10Billion. He also arranged debt financing of $8Billion from JP Morgan, Fleet Bank, and Deutsche Bank. At the end, GE won the bid to acquire Universal.
In December of 1998 he acquired Global Leisure Travel, Inc., which was a pioneer in consolidation in the travel industry. GLT’s annual gross sales in 1998 were approximately $220 million. GLT was the parent company of several travel-related companies including Maupintour, a 48-year old escorted tour operator based in Lawrence, Kansas; Sunmakers, a quality “sun” destination independent travel package provider based in Seattle; Jetset Tours, a nationally renowned discount air consolidator; and Regency Pacific, a specialist to Asian destinations. Other companies under the GLT umbrella included Kailani World Travel, Hawaii Leisure and Cruise Alaska Tours. In 2000 Mr. El-Batrawi sold the company in part to Carl Ichan and in part to Travel Buy US.com.
In October 1993 since its inception to October 2001 Mr. El-Batrawi was the principal stockholder and chief executive officer of GenesisIntermedia Inc. He also served as director and chairman of the board. GenesisIntermedia had its initial public offering in June of 1999 and the total market cap reached as high as $450M.
From 1987 to 1994 Mr. El-Batrawi worked with Adnan Khashoggi internationally where he facilitated and negotiated significant transactions between global industrial companies and world governments. Firms with which he was involved during this period include Lockheed Corporation, Carnival Cruise Lines Inc., Lonrho, Inc., McDonalds Corporation and Eastern Airlines. Mr. El-Batrawi structured and otherwise worked on many large transactions, including a $12Billion pipe line deal in the Sudan which he negotiated and for Eastern Airlines, arranging financing for and ultimately selling to Aeroflot Eastern’s entire fleet of L1011s.
Additionally, during this period he was the sole shareholder, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of several companies, including Mars and Venus Counseling Centers, Inc., Genesis Aviation, Inc., Genesis Aviation II, Inc., Genesis Diversified Investments, Inc., and Sentient, Inc.
From 1984 to 1987 Mr. El-Batrawi owned and operated Nationwide Van Centers, a chain of recreational vehicle dealerships.
From 1977 to 1987 Mr. El-Batrawi started many other small companies.
In 2000 Ramy El-Batrawi was honored through his selection to participate on the entrepreneurial panel in GB2000, The Graduate Business Conference hosted by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. The Graduate Business Conference was conceived in the fall of 1982 at Columbia Business School, and has been an annual event for MBA students since the spring of 1983. The Conference has been hosted at Columbia University, Duke University, the Wharton School and UC-Berkeley, among others.
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