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The Power brokers influencing US Foreign Policy

In 1997, Abdelnour founded the U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL), which had as one of its initial aims ending the Syrian occupation of Lebanon. As part of his work with USCFL, Abdelnour recruited a number of high profile neoconservatives figures, including Michael Ledeen, Elliott Abrams, Douglas Feith, and Frank Gaffney, all of whom were listed as supporters of USCFL. By 2006, Abdelnour had begun to describe himself as a neoconservative, according to the New York Times.

 

After the election of President Barack Obama, USCFL appeared to distance itself from its association with neoconservatism. A statement posted on the group’s “About” page said, “Bad rumors say that the USCFL is the front of some ‘shady’ force plotting with some organizations out there against Lebanon’s interests. Just to set the record straight, we are NOT a front of any foreign entity; whether Syrian, Israeli or whatever and we are fully funded by our members, supporters and other constituents….

 

For More: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Abdelnour_Ziad

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Ziad K Abdelnour – Elate Partners and Sister Company, PA Asset Advisors, Announce New Partner

DALLAS, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Elate Partners, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; in conjunction with its sister company, PA Asset Advisors in Dallas, Texas; is pleased to announce that Ziad K Abdelnour, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, New York, NY, has agreed to serve as a board member at Elate Partners. Mr. Abdelnour is very connected in Wall Street financial circles, has a wide network in American politics, and will help guide Elate’s Asset Monetization business.

 

The partnership will focus on the interests of Blackhawk’s clients, from oil, gas, mines and specialty real-estate, to technology-based alternative energy, high-end equipment manufacturing, medical and biotechnology, modern agriculture, and aerospace.

Mr. Abdelnour stated, “I am very pleased about the opportunity this partnership will create for both of our companies. Such a collaboration will help western companies expand into the vast Chinese market, allow western financiers access to China’s huge untapped asset base, and match needs of Chinese companies with western solutions.”

“We’re very excited to have someone of Mr. Abdelnour’s caliber on board as we continue our mission of globalizing China’s tremendous potential.”

 

For More:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/elate-partners-and-sister-company-pa-asset-advisors-announce-new-partner-300187196.html

 

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Event Driven Investing – A Review of the State of the Art

One investment strategy we at Blackhawk Partners have been particularly been involved in over the last few years is “Event Driven Investing”.

 
Event-driven investing is an investing strategy that seeks to exploit pricing inefficiencies that may occur before or after a corporate event, such as a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition or spinoff.

 
To illustrate, consider what happens in the case of a potential acquisition. When a company signals its intent to buy another company, the stock price of the company to be acquired typically rises. However, it usually remains somewhere below the acquisition price—a discount that reflects the market’s uncertainty about whether the acquisition will truly occur.

 
That’s when we enter the picture. We will analyze the potential acquisition—looking at the reason for the acquisition, the terms of the acquisition and any regulatory issues (such as antitrust laws)—and determine the likelihood of the acquisition actually occurring. If it seems likely that the deal will close, we will purchase the stock of the company to be acquired, and sell it after the acquisition, when its price has risen to the acquisition price (or greater).

 

For More: http://ziadabdelnourblackhawk.com/event-driven-investing-a-review-of-the-state-of-the-art/

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Navigating the Emerging Markets Of Today

As we at Blackhawk Partners see it today, one of the biggest advantages emerging markets have offered investors is a strong growth story

 
Over the past decade, growth in emerging markets has in fact outpaced growth in developed markets by more than double. Growth in gross domestic product (GDP) looks like it will continue to outperform that of developed markets for at least the next five years, according to estimates by the International Monetary Fund.

 
We are often asked why economic growth and stock market performance don’t always directly correlate in a given year, and if that’s the case, does a nation’s GDP growth matter at all when it comes to investing in companies? While it’s true that growth and stock market performance can be divergent at times, there is no question that growth matters since company earnings depend on general economic growth.

 

For More: http://www.blackhawkpartners.com/navigating-emerging-markets-today/

What Venture Capitalists will not tell you

To hear them tell it, venture capitalists aren’t too different from entrepreneurs. They build great companies. They create jobs. In short, they feel the entrepreneur’s pain.

 
But one of the first steps to a decent relationship with a VC is accepting just how different the two of them really are. It is a fact that compared to entrepreneurs, VCs have different loyalties, sometimes diametrically opposed interests, and a lot less at stake.

 
Having been interacting with VCs for around three decades now, I thought of sharing with you what a VC will not tell you.

 
So here we go…

 
1. Savvy VCs understand that less than 1% of venture-backed technology startups will ever achieve a $1B+ mark cap. As a result they seek category potential, not current company performance. They look to identify companies leveraging technology to build and dominate new market categories. If the category is big enough and the category king is dominant enough, current valuation is almost irrelevant. The key to making their investment decisions is understanding category potential and the ability of the category king to define, develop and dominate the space over time. As a result legendary VCs study category potential.

 

For More: http://ziadabdelnourblackhawk.com/what-venture-capitalists-will-not-tell-you/

Due Diligence Is No Mystery

If you ask ten funded entrepreneurs what happened during the VC/private equity due diligence process, you will get ten different answers. Some will say they lost valuable months answering endless questions for groups that never produced a term sheet. Others may admit they gained valuable insights to their business.

 
I am uncertain when the due diligence process gathered so much mystique, but among entrepreneurs, there is still an urban “myth status” about what happens behind close doors.

 
We believe it shouldn’t be a mystery. Understanding due diligence improves the information flow between private equity groups and potential entrepreneurs. Better information leads to better investment decisions and better long term partnerships.

 

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How to make Money in the Obama age

With our country spinning in a whirlpool of change, it takes some daring to resolve to not only survive, but to thrive. As government chugs along toward its destination of no longer being the friend of the American citizen, it behooves each citizen to take care of himself and his own.

 

That’s why Ziad K Abdelnour’s new book, “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” grabbed my attention. In short, America is the land of opportunity, but it is being run by change agents who want to take your hard-earned money and redistribute it to voting blocs beholden to … the redistributors!

 

 

For some time, this reality has created real problems for the most innovative and resourceful Americans. It is also seen in the subtle propaganda in the media, who love to lambast, for example, corporations, in the drive to remake America. The non-discerning (see Movement, Occupy) lap it up and fail to see they are merely dupes.

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How Disruptive Is your Investment Model?

I am often asked what are the key industries that are positioned to be today the most disruptive ones out there and which we at Blackhawk Partners would be very keen on taking a real close look at.

 
So I thought of sharing some of them with you in the hope of catching your attention and sharing feedback.

 
1. Natural Gas:

I believe Natural gas is still in the very early stages of general adoption, and that there is a huge potential in the making in here … at least to become a more self sufficient energy focused nation. Though natural gas engines currently comprise 3 percent of truck engines, I predict that penetration will rise to 10 or 15 percent by 2020–allowing investors to capitalize on “niche truck and bus applications.”

 

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People Do Business with People.

hey say “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

 
I cannot but (finally and after having ruminated the question for years) wholeheartedly agree.

 
Some of my greatest ideas and projects went nowhere because I didn’t know the right people yet. And some complicated deals went ever so smoothly simply because I knew the “person in charge”.

 
In my 30 years in business, this famous quote that my father kept repeating to me ever since I was a teenager, is probably the single most potent business lesson that I have learnt.

 
At the end of the day and no matter what technological miracles are conceived, people do business with people.

 
The greatest deals in the world are sealed by a simple handshake (as some are broken over simple personal animosity).

 

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Business v/s Military Models – Who wins?

I always believed that “Business is War”. In fact, this is one of our key mantras in here at Blackhawk Partners. Yet I see so many businesses out there who are so shallow in the way they operate that it doesn’t really surprise me anymore how much waste and lost resources are being plundered for the sake of growth.

 

Look at our military and be the judge.

 

It is a fact that the United States military today has to work, obviously, one of the most difficult jobs in the world. They have worldwide responsibility over trillions of dollars worth of equipment and oversee what amounts to the world’s largest logistical support network. Every one of them is a master in their specified field by year two and are responsible for some of the most advanced technological systems on the planet. And management? By the time many are twenty three years of age they have already been promoted to a leadership role, responsible for a team of trade veterans. Also, their average age is 20. And you know what? Almost none of them are degreed.

 

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