Omar Faruqui Director General Takeover Panel

Barclays' Omar Faruqui appointed Director General of the UK Takeover Panel

Omar Faruqui, Barclays’ Co-Head of M&A for Europe, Middle East and Africa, is today named as the Director General of the UK Takeover Panel.  He will join the Panel on a two year secondment from Barclays commencing on 1 May 2024.

The UK Takeover Panel is an independent body responsible for issuing and administering the UK Takeover Code, supervising and regulating takeovers, and ensuring fair treatment of shareholders and an orderly framework for takeover bids.

Mr. Faruqui has over 25 years of experience in investment banking and has advised on numerous acquisitions and disposals for blue-chip UK companies across a range of sectors.

“This is a highly prestigious appointment, reflecting Omar’s strengths and expertise in the M&A market and in the UK, and we are incredibly proud and supportive of his appointment,” said Tim Main, Head of Investment Banking, EMEA, at Barclays.

As a result of Omar’s secondment, Pier Luigi Colizzi who co-headed M&A EMEA with Omar, will now become sole Head of M&A, EMEA.  In addition, and subject to regulatory approval, Duncan Goelst will become Head of Investment Banking for Continental Europe, a role previously held by Pier Luigi Colizzi. Duncan takes on this responsibility alongside his existing role as the CEO of our Netherlands business.