Our Business

Morteza Capital is a boutique hotel investment, development and advisory firm specializing in hospitality and real estate investments in the Maldives. We provide investors with access to exclusive acquisition and development opportunities and assist throughout the investment lifecycle, from planning and executing new developments through to exit.

Approach

  • We pride ourselves on being able to see market gaps as opportunities to create value through our investments.
  • Our top priority is to ensure that we understand the market thoroughly before we go in by holistically examining investment opportunities in a local and global context.
  • We are able to achieve this through our extensive professional networks on the ground, and expert advisors who have years of international investment expertise.
  • Our local networks and market knowledge enable us to see investment opportunities from a unique perspective.



Hotel & Real Estate

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Currently our primary focus is on opportunistic resort investments in the Maldives islands, which are hailed as one of the most attractive hotel destinations globally.

We invest in opportunities we believe to have potential to generate out-sized returns through value creation, with asymmetric risk-reward profiles. We generally seek to acquire assets at a discount to market with a particular focus on distressed opportunities.

Direct hotel and real estate investments

Morteza Capital currently provides access to direct equity and debt investments in the Maldivian hospitality market. These range from equity stakes in new resort developments to acquisition of operating hospitality assets and debt placements. Each investment is thoroughly underwritten and executed by the Morteza Capital team on behalf of investors.

Maldives Hospitality Income Fund I

Maldives Hospitality Income Fund I is the first regulated hotel investment vehicle in the Maldives, focusing on high-yield debt investments in hotels. Backed by high quality hospitality assets, this fund will provide investors with secured, reliable income streams.


 

ADVISORY SERVICES

Transaction Advisory

We advise on achieving the optimal capital structure for a project, in order to ensure that each project maximizes returns.

Development Management

With our in-depth understanding of local environment, we help clients from the very early stages of feasibility studies to site acquisition and project execution.

Hotel Operator Selection

We assist in sourcing the most suitable hotel operator for each project, and negotiate the best terms to achieve an optimal return on your capital.

Asset Management

Once a property is operational, we assist asset owners to realise the full potential of their investments through a continuous process of value creation and enhancement through optimising the hotel’s operational, financial and capital efficiencies to maximise profits and investment returns, benefiting both owner and operator.

Impact Investing

We are committed to making a difference through our investment expertise, and are proud to sponsor projects that impact the localities that we work in. We are particularly active in seeking solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of the hospitality value chain, including financing renewable energy, and supporting cleaner transportation and logistics.

 

Management Team

Ghaly Murthala

Managing Director

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Ghaly is a hospitality investment professional with over 14 years’ experience in advising investors and government organizations on the Maldivian hospitality industry. He has advised international investors on hotel investments as Head of Business Development at FJS Consulting, one of the Maldives’s leading management consultancies, where he also headed FJS Consulting’s hotel finance and brokerage practice.

Anas Halabi

Director

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Anas is co-founder and Director of Prediam Partners, a boutique hospitality investment advisory firm based in Dubai, and has successfully initiated and supported numerous hospitality developments, including the 320-key Rhossos Rotana Hotel & Resort in the south of Turkey, Hometown LLC., an income producing residential hospitality portfolio in Dubai and the Four Seasons Resort Hotel and Residences in Hvar, Croatia.


Alex Ma

Director

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Alex is a Chartered Financial Analyst with extensive experience in the financial industry working in London/Singapore/Hong Kong/Beijing as a hedge fund manager and investment banker. He has also originated and executed capital markets transactions in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Indonesia, and advised various types of organizations including local private and public companies, MNCs, SOEs, holding companies and SPVs across different industries.

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Professor Andrew Baum

Professor Andrew Baum

Professor Andrew Baum is Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Saïd Business School, Uni-versity of Oxford and Visiting Professor at Kenan Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. He is the Chairman of the Investment Committee for CBRE Investors Global Multi-Manager team (AUM $86b), Executive Chairman of Property Funds Research, an international property research and consult-ing business and Non-Executive Chairman of Newcore Capital Management.

Ibrahim Saleem (Bandhu)

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Ibrahim Saleem is the Chairman of Solarelle Insurance, the first private Maldivian insurance company. With a career spanning over 40 years’, he has extensive experience both in the public and private sector. He currently serves as a Director and shareholder of Cyprea Pvt Ltd, one of the largest diversified businesses in the Maldives which is active in hospitality, logistics, travel and trade.


Surendran Menon

Surendran Menon

Surendran Menon is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Management Accountant with 30 years of com-prehensive experience in transaction, risk management and assurance services, management and cost accounting, corporate finance, secretarial, tax and other business / financial advisory services in the Maldives and India

Martin Ostermann

Martin Ostermann

Martin co-founded Prediam Partners, an independent hospitality investment advisory firm after spend-ing several years with PKF, a leading international hospitality consulting firm.

Investment Committee

Fareeha Shareef

faree Fareeha is the co-founder of FJS Consulting, one of Maldives’s leading management consulting firms. She was formerly Chairperson of the Bank of Maldives and has also chaired the investment committee for the Maldives National Pension Fund.

Anas Halabi

AnasAnas Halabi is a Director of Morteza Capital and has over 10 years of experience in hotel investments in the Middle East and Europe. He is also Managing Partner of Prediam Partners, a boutique investment advisory firm based in Dubai, which has advised and supported numerous hospitality developments in various capacities.

Mohamed Fizan

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Fizan is the Founding Partner at Fizan and Partners and a former Partner at Shah, Hussain and Co. Barristers and Attorneys, one of the leading commercial law firms in the Maldives. He has assisted in structuring and closing several hotel transactions in the Maldives, and was also a member of the investment committee for the Maldives National Pension Fund.

Strategic Partners

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Financial Advisors

Ernst & Young Maldives are the leading financial advisors to the Maldivian hospitality industry, having a wide range of clientele from international hotel chains to high net worth individuals.

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Development Partner

Momentum is a leading development and operations specialist which has successfully executed several green field and turnaround projects in challenging circumstances and locations across the Maldives.

Legal Advisors

Shah, Hussain and Co. has established a reputation as the top commercial law firm in the Maldives. Morteza Capital has engaged Shah, Hussain and Co. to advise on legal and transactional matters pertaining to our investments in the Maldives.

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