Options Group Announces Its Acquisition of Octavian Partners, an Executive Search Firm based in Dubai

Options Group, a leading global executive search and strategic consulting firm, announces its acquisition of Octavian Partners, an executive search firm, based in Dubai and focused on financial services in frontier, emerging and developed markets across the UK, Middle East and Asia.

Octavian Partners provides tailored solutions for investment banks, private banks, asset managers, private equity funds, hedge funds, family offices and sovereign wealth funds.  Since 2011, Octavian Partners has developed a reputation among clients for its results-driven executive search, rapid-response capability and strategic consulting services. 

Octavian Partner’s founder, Will Hauxwell, will be responsible for Options Group’s Middle East and North Africa coverage, from the businesses office in the DIFC, Dubai.  He brings to Options Group 14 years of experience in executive search, with eleven of those years in the Middle East.  He will be joined by Sebastien Stark, who will focus on the region’s wealth management and commercial banking sector.  “The synergies between both businesses were so clear form the outset that it was a natural evolution for Octavian Partners to become part of Options Group.  Considering Options Group’s market-leading platform that combines cutting edge technology, market intelligence, benchmark-setting research and global office network, I am confident that together we will dominate the MENA region.”

“We always believed that a global perspective with a local footprint was the right approach for us to provide our clients with a customized holistic suite of search and consulting services.  I am very proud to announce the acquisition of Octavian Partners, which provides Options Group a local presence in the Middle East and further augments our presence in EMEA,” said Mike Karp, co-Founder and CEO.  David Korn, Managing Partner and Head of EMEA added, “Octavian’s phenomenal track record and reputation in the Middle East compliments Options Group’s existing services.  It is also an opportunity for us to further Octavian’s client relationships by providing them access to our global platform and innovative research products. We are excited to be back in Dubai and covering the Middle East again and we look forward to a long and successful collaboration with Will and his team.”

Options Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, São Paulo, Bogotá, Frankfurt, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, and Zürich.


Founded in 1992, Options Group is a leading global executive search and strategic consulting firm for the financial services industry.  Since 2000, we have maintained a local presence on five continents and have placed thousands of mid- to senior-level professionals in all areas of the financial services industry at a range of institutions.  With over 175 consultants and market intelligence professionals worldwide, Options Group has a thorough knowledge of key competencies in the financial industry and is at the cutting edge of global hiring services and compensation trends for securities, investment banking, hedge funds, asset management, and information technology. 

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