We identify opportunities and develop potential by working with the right people.
What We Do
Bridge Capital Holding is a family office actively managing a diversified portfolio present in the Middle East, Europe, the UK, and the US. Our direct investments encompass sectors such as Retail, Real Estate, Financial Services and FMCG.
We actively engage with our partners, leveraging our own experience and diverse capabilities to ensure long-term benefits for all stakeholders.
Our interests are aligned with those of our partners, boosting long-term success for all parties.
The way we do business
Bridge Capital Holding is committed to prudent risk management, firm financial discipline, and transparency. Our investment decision making process is based on thorough due diligence which is done by following a data driven approach, clear governance structure and hands-on monitoring of our portfolio.
We rely on data to make optimal data-driven decisions by fully analyzing our portfolio exposures, liquidity and perfomance.
Bridge Capital Holding believes strongly in sustainable investments: ESG [environmental, social and corporate governance] considerations are currently key aspects to our family office strategy.
We are ready for a more hands-on approach where we have strong insight and can add value to the entrepreneurs & businesses we invest in.
Core values that define us
We are deeply invested in the success of our companies and believe that people thrive when they are working towards a common and focused goal.
We stand for honesty, personal integrity and loyalty to each other and to the organization. Show gratitude and put the team first.
We believe that cooperation and interaction create a strong organization.
Be passionate about what you do, work smarter and deliver results.
As a family office, Bridge Capital Holding places great value in people. We recruit, retain, and promote talented and hard-working individuals whenever we can. We actively encourage our employees to take personal initiative and contribute to our corporate culture.
Bridge Capital Holding offers a healthy and stimulating work environment based on diversity, collaborattion, sharing of knowledge and experience, tolerance, and mutual respect.
Meet our team
Bassem K. El Jisr
As General Manager of Bridge Capital Holding, Bassem leads the company’s investing activity, deployment, and diversification strategies with a focus on growth and development. He is responsible for identifying investment opportunities across multiple asset classes. Bassem sits on the Investment Committee of BY Venture Partners, a $50 million MENA based VC firm that invests globally at both seed and growth stages. He also serves on several boards including Pearl Brands, a major retail player in the Lebanese market, and GMRL (Gray Mackenzie Retail Lebanon), a leading operator and owner of supermarkets and hypermarkets in Lebanon. Bassem is a graduate of Regent’s University London, United Kingdom.
Celine is a Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at Bridge Capital. She is responsible for financial reporting, performance, and analysis for several types of asset classes including real estate and private equity. Prior to joining BCH, Celine spent 4+ years working at Ernst & Young as a senior financial auditor. She oversaw the audit & IFRS compliance for clients from different industries such as banks, investments & financial services, oil & gas companies. Celine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) and a Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) from the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Raida El Jisr
Raida is a Venture Partner at Bridge Capital Holding. She sources and assesses a growing number of investment opportunities that fit the company's investment thesis and mandate, and formulates proactive investment theses on areas of interest. Raida has built her venture experience at BYVP after 4 years of work in the banking sector. Raida holds a master's degree in Economics & Strategy from Imperial College London.
Anthony Talhami, CFA, FMVA
Anthony joined Bridge Capital Holding as an Investment Associate. He is responsible for assessing the operational, financial and investment feasibility of opportunities across several asset classes including private equity, venture capital and real estate. Prior to joining BCH, Anthony held the positions of Project Manager to the CEO and Senior Financial Analyst at Obegi Group and GA Consult respectively. Anthony is a CFA charterholder and a certified Financial Modelling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA). He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the American University of Beirut (AUB) with a double concentration in finance and management.
Salem Abi Chahla, CPA
Salem Abi Chahla Joined Bridge Capital Holding as a Financial Controller. Salem oversees budget management analysis and plays a lead role in the preparation of audited financial statements, VAT and tax returns. Prior to joining BCH Salem had acquired 17+ years of experience in the field, with responsibilities spanning audit, tax, financial reporting, and business management. Salem is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting
Raafat Haidar, CFA, FRM
Raafat joined Bridge Capital Holding as Portfolio Analyst. He is responsible for preparing or strategically identifying and quantifying the risks for the company's investment initiatives. Prior to joining BCH, Raafat held the position of Financial Analyst at Food & Drug Corporation, prior to that he also worked at Credit Financier SAL, where he was Acting Risk Manager and Credit Manager. Raafat is a CFA charterholder and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM). He earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and minor in Political Science from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and holds a certificate of advanced financial modeler (CAFM®).
Hanan El Haber
Hanan joined Bridge Capital in April 2015 and assumes the role of the Executive assistant to the General Manager and maintains the office administrative tasks at the holding’s Dubai branch. Prior to joining BCH, Hanan spent 6+ years at Ask Deco, an interior design studio where she was the purchasing officer, along with handling administrative related tasks. Hanan studied Chemistry at the Lebanese University - Faculty of Science and holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Sagesse University.
Samer joined Bridge Capital Holding as an Accountant. He is responsible of financial accounting activities relating to the various investments of the holding. Prior to joining BCH, Samer worked at Infratech, a leading company in Sustainable Energy. He worked for both private and governmental clients towards achieving the establishment of wind farms in Lebanon. Samer graduated from University of Balamand where he earned bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Auditing and Diploma in Management. Samer is a member in Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and preparing to be Certified in Management Accountant (CMA).
Senior Financial Analyst
Rola joined Bridge Capital Holding as a Senior Financial Analyst. She is in charge of analyzing current and historical data and financial reports related to different asset classes including real estate. Prior to joining BCH, Rola spent 8 months working at Price Waterhouse Coopers as a senior financial auditor and 2+ years at Ernst and Young as Associate Auditor. She performed audit procedures for clients from different industries such as insurance, banks, investments & financial services, oil & gas companies, and retail. Rola holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the American University of Beirut and is preparing to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Islam joined Bridge Capital Holding as an Office Administrator. She works closely with the HR & Administration manager in handling the office’s day to day activity. Prior to joining Bridge Capital Holding, Islam worked at Jamal Trust Bank as the HR assistant. Islam also trained with First National Bank where she worked with various Human Resource teams. Islam studied Industrial Psychology at University Saint-Joseph. As well as her professional experience, she has an ear for music and enjoys making her own musical compositions in her free time.
Yves Bou Assal
IT Technical Support
Yves joined Bridge Capital Holding as IT Technical Support. He is responsible for all IT related activities at BCH including support for all companies within the group. Prior to joining BCH, Yves spent 10 years at Askdeco SAL as IT System Administrator, Support and Development in addition to managing the 3D department renders post processing. Yves studied Computer Science & Multimedia at the University of Al-Kafaat (AKU) and has accomplished the Technical Support Fundamentals and The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking course by Google.
Toufic Badran Joined Bridge Capital Holding as a Senior Accountant. He is responsible for Controlling the accounting activities of several entities within the group. and plays a role in the preparation of financial statements, VAT, and tax returns. Prior to joining BCH, Toufic had acquired 10 years of experience in financial services, with responsibilities ranging from tax consultancy, financial reporting, and external Audit. Toufic is preparing to become a Certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Auditing.
Celine joined Bridge Capital Holding as a Financial Analyst. She works on collecting, summarizing, and analyzing current and historical data for the financial reporting of different asset classes including real estate, private equity, and venture capital. Prior to joining BCH, Celine spent a year and a half working at Grant Thornton as an Experienced Associate Auditor. She performed audit procedures for clients from different industries such as retail companies, logistics companies, and NGOs. Celine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the American University of Beirut and is preparing to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).