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Specialists in recruiting for DIFC start-ups

Cobalt is an international Executive Search and Recruitment Firm operating from 14 offices globally, including the major financial hubs of London, Frankfurt, Singapore, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Cobalt specialises in Financial Services and has been established in the GCC since 2008. Our teams operate from Dubai and Abu Dhabi and deliver search and specialist recruitment services for clients ranging from global financial institutions, the largest regional players such as Emirates NBD, ADIA and QNB and a range of smaller businesses including family offices and the representative offices of international financial institutions.

What has Cobalt done in the DIFC and the wider GCC region?

Cobalt has been working with DIFC companies since 2012 and has established a broad range of loyal clients through the timely, efficient and professional delivery of services to every type of business domiciled in the GCC region’s leading financial services centre. Our track record includes the placement of SEOs and senior front office originators to risk and compliance specialists, CFO, FDs and high quality business support staff. Aside from Dubai, Cobalt’s first GCC office was established in Abu Dhabi. This puts us in a unique position compared to our competition, as this gives us a real understanding of how financial services works outside of Dubai and the DIFC. As a result of the extensive business that we have done for family offices, sovereign wealth funds and quasi-government companies in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh and Jeddah, Cobalt understands exactly how to recruit effectively for such businesses.

You are looking to establish your business in the DIFC, why should you call Cobalt?

Cobalt’s strengths lie in our in-depth understanding and experience of both global markets and the Middle East as a place to do business. We understand the needs of our clients, whether they are highly sophisticated multinational companies or small GCC family offices, and we tailor the services we provide accordingly. We have two separate financial services teams of experts in the UAE; one predominantly focused on investors and the buy-side and the other focused on banks and the sell side. In addition, our Business Support team was established in direct response to calls from our financial services clients who faced challenges with hiring the type of support staff suited to working in a global and sophisticated financial services centre.

What are our values?

Cobalt’s values are responsibility, integrity, quality and delivery and we take them very seriously. If you have a requirement we will assess it and tell you whether we can deliver or not. If we can then we will take responsibility for doing so and deliver a higher quality service and selection of carefully screened candidates than our competition. If we can’t we will say so and advise you who you should speak to instead.

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Our global clients

  • ACO
  • Akelius
  • Berkeley
  • BNP
  • British Land
  • BUWOG
  • Capital Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Cuesko
  • The Crown Estate
  • Deutsche Annington
  • DTZ Research
  • Gazeley
  • Generali
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grainger
  • Hammerson
  • Knight Frank
  • Lands Improvement
  • Legal & General
  • Optic
  • Savills
  • William Hill