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Introduction

Optimus Capital Management (Private) Limited is Pakistan’s leading stock brokerage and financial advisory company. Our team of highly qualified and experienced professionals provides Investment Research, Equity Brokerage, Online Trading, Corporate Finance & Financial Advisory services and Fixed Income Brokerage (through our associate Optimus Markets).

We are a TREC holder of Pakistan Stock Exchange (“PSX”) and licensed by the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (“SECP”). Optimus Markets is an accredited broker of the Financial Markets Association of Pakistan (“FMAP”).

Our unfaltering commitment to core principles of integrity, diligence and client-first has helped us build a strong track record and a distinguished client base comprising domestic institutional investors, foreign institutional investors, large business groups and high-net-worth individuals.

Optimus holds the distinction of successfully leading a significant number of large capital market transactions and private equity divestments over the recent years. We were declared as the “Best Corporate Finance House (Equity)” for 2013 by the CFA Society of Pakistan.

Vision Statement:

Our Vision is to develop our company on professional and ethical basis in order to become a leading market player in the financial services sector and a valued contributor in the development of financial markets. We seek to create and maximize value by constantly trying to remain abreast of the market’s perspective. Our goal is to be the most professional financial services Company.

Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to contribute towards the growth of capital markets. We are committed to being a balanced intermediary with the highest ethical principles in order to provide clients with the best execution services and innovative products.
Asif Qureshi
Chairman/Chief Executive

Asif Qureshi has more than 20 years of experience in Pakistan’s financial sector with expertise in economic and investment research. He started his career in banking in 1996 and moved into equity research in 1999, joining Indosuez W. I. Carr Securities Pakistan, where he rose to the position of head of research in 2001. He later headed research at Global Securities before pursuing entrepreneurial path to co-found Invisor Securities in 2004 and later Optimus Capital in 2011. He has also worked as a consultant for the ADB and the Petroleum Institute of Pakistan and has also been associated with IBA as a member of visiting faculty. He is also a co-founder of Zakheera.com, an online financial database service. Asif Qureshi is a CFA charter-holder since 2000. He also holds MA International Financial Analysis (Distinction) from Newcastle University (UK), MBA from Quaid-i-Azam University and B.Sc. (Maths & Physics) from Punjab University.

Syed Ayaz Ahmed

Chief Financial Officer

Ayaz Ahmed has over 12 years of experience in the fields of accounts, finance, compliance, corporate, internal control and audit with leading financial service providers of Pakistan. He holds Master’s degree with major in finance. He completed his Chartered Accountancy articleship from RSM Avais Hyder Liaquat Nauman Chartered Accountants. He gained diversified financial sector experience by working in some of industry’s top tier companies like Faysal Asset Management and United Bank Limited. During his tenure in Optimus Capital Management (Pvt) Ltd, he rendered his services as head of different departments like Compliance, Audit and Finance. He is appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the company in December 2022.

Murtaza Jafar
Director Equity Sales

Murtaza Jafar is a senior financial professional with over 16 years of experience. His diversified background in equity brokerage and fund management enables him to deliver superior services and stand out amongst peers. He started his career in 2005 as Manager Equity Sales at Foundation Securities (Pvt) Ltd. Later on he moved to JS Global Capital Ltd., Askari Investment Management Ltd., Silk Bank Ltd., Elixir Securities Pakistan, BMA Capital Management Ltd. His areas of expertise are financial advisory, portfolio structuring and wealth management. Murtaza has also recently won the runner up sales trader award in 18 Annual excellence awards 2021 conducted by CFA Society of Pakistan.

Adeel Ahmed
Head of Online Trading

Adeel Ahmed is an Executive Vice President / Head of Online Retail and has a vast experience of more than 20 years of working in the capital markets industry. Skilled in developing Online Trading, Branch Networks, social media, Risk Management, Sales & Marketing and Retail desk. He has been previously associated with company like BMA, IGI Taurus Securities, Foundation Securities and Arif Habib limited.

Maaz Azam

Head of Research

Maaz Azam, inspired by his time at Optimus Capital Management, is passionate about investments. With a diversified background spanning 5 years, he has delved into engineering, risk management, and finally into investments. Commencing his professional journey at Aish Steel Mills, Maaz subsequently navigated through roles at Descon Engineering, Lahore and Pak Brunei Investment. He holds a degree in Mechanincal Engineering form NUST and MBA from IBA Karachi. He has also cleared CFA Level 2 exam and is pursuing CFA Charter.

Salman Zaidi
Head of Money Market

Salman Zaidi started his career in financial market in 1998. Prior to joining Optimus Capital, he worked as a Head of Fixed Income at Invisor Securities and Crescent Capital Management for over 5 years. He has also served as a Senior Executive and Dealer Money Market at Crescent Capital Management. Salman Zaidi also worked with Mumtaz Enterprises as SVP Money Market. He has an extensive experience of around 20 years in Money and Bond Markets together with specialization in Brokerage and Corporate Advisory Role that have helped him in maintaining portfolio for his clients. Mr. Salman holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Karachi.

Muhammad Ovais
Head of Equity Settlements

Muhammad Ovais has a vast experience of more than 20 years in Equity Settlements. He started his career in 1994 and served for more than a decade in well reputed brokerage houses of the Pakistan Stock Exchange which include Munaf Sattar Securities, Salim Chamdia Securities and Invisor Securities. His enriched experience in the field of equity brokerage provided him in-depth knowledge of settlement procedures and systems applicable in back office, CDC, NCHS, NCSS and KATS functions together with the knowledge of brokerage accounting and prevalent regulations provided him with added advantage in advancement throughout his career.

Asif Qureshi
Chairman

Asif Qureshi has more than 20 years of experience in Pakistan’s financial sector with expertise in economic and investment research. He started his career in banking in 1996 and moved into equity research in 1999, joining Indosuez W. I. Carr Securities Pakistan, where he rose to the position of head of research in 2001. He later headed research at Global Securities before pursuing entrepreneurial path to co-found Invisor Securities in 2004 and later Optimus Capital in 2011. He has also worked as a consultant for the ADB and the Petroleum Institute of Pakistan and has also been associated with IBA as a member of visiting faculty. He is also a co-founder of Zakheera.com, an online financial database service. Asif Qureshi is a CFA charter-holder since 2000. He also holds MA International Financial Analysis (Distinction) from Newcastle University (UK), MBA from Quaid-i-Azam University and B.Sc. (Maths & Physics) from Punjab University.

Syed Ayaz Ahmed
Director

Ayaz Ahmed has over 12 years of experience in the fields of accounts, finance, compliance, corporate, internal control and audit with leading financial service providers of Pakistan. He holds Master’s degree with major in finance. He completed his Chartered Accountancy articleship from RSM Avais Hyder Liaquat Nauman Chartered Accountants. He gained diversified financial sector experience by working in some of industry’s top tier companies like Faysal Asset Management and United Bank Limited. During his tenure in Optimus Capital Management (Pvt) Ltd, he rendered his services as head of different departments like Compliance, Audit and Finance. He is appointed as Director of the company in December 2022.

Shareholding

Associated Entities

Auditor

Riaz Ahmad, Saqib, Gohar & Company

5-Nasim C.H.S.,
Major Nazir Bhatti Road, off:
Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Karachi.
Phone No: 021-34945427.
ICAP Rating: Satisfactory
SBP Category: B

Legal Advisor

Mr. Aamir Nadeem Advocate

Address:
Suite No 511, Regal Trade Square, Saddar, Karachi.

Audit Committee

Asif Qureshi (Chairman)

Syed Maqsood Wajid