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Cultivating growth

Long before Christopher Columbus, Zheng He had already travelled through the south and westward maritime routes in the Indian Ocean and established lucrative trade relationships with more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Six centuries later, we are still aligned with our ancestors.

About

We have an intrinsic understanding of business and conduct it through good old-fashioned chivalry'

We are a selective boutique proprietary investment firm. We work only with established family offices from Arabia to the Far East and across the Belt and Road regions. We co invest our own capital as LP's and seek strategic alliances.

We like to be long-term partners. We are patient and able to work through economic cycles and changes to create value for us and our partners.

To preserve our relationships and continue to deliver superior results, we strive to pay attention at every level, remaining understated and averse to publicity.


Lionel Leo
Sagheer Mohammed
Lionel Leo & Sagheer Mohammed

Our Ethos

Our ethos is driven by our business principles. They are evident in everything we do. It is what underpins our approach and success.

The interests of our clients are of paramount importance. To understand our client, we must become our client.

We will act with openness, integrity, and diligence. We will always adhere to the spirit of the laws that govern us. Our continued success depends upon uncompromised adherence to this standard.

Our quality and drive must never be compromised. We will put the resources of our firm behind all our people to help realise our client's goals.

When hiring we understand that one size does not fit all. One by one we select the most exceptional and spirited individuals. We believe this is instrumental to our success.

We challenge ourselves in delivering superior returns. We will measure, recognise, and share our rewards in success.

We must continue to evolve. We know that complacency will lead to failure.

Sector Focus

We invest and build sustainable companies with a long-term focus in 3 core industries. Since we know a lot about the industries in which we invest, this helps to streamline our investment process, enabling us to seek to close investments efficiently and start value creation.

Hospitality

Acquisitions of Hotels & Resorts
Developments
F&B Acquisitions
Franchising with proven concepts
Clubs and lounges

Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate
REITS
Liquidity Solutions
Developments
Student Accommodation

Banking and Finance

Asset Management
Private Equity
MBO/LBO
Corporate Finance

Advisory Board

Grace Leo

Grace Leo is an award-winning and internationally recognized hotelier specialized in the development of luxury hotels and resorts for institutional investors and high net worth individuals. She has been Instrumental in repositioning a number of hotel brands, both restructuring the business and converting losses to profits.



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October 2020 - Grace has recently purchased the emblematic Red Lion Hotel in the pictorial rowing capital of the world - Henley-on-Thames. The 350 year old landmark is under extensive renovation to be upgraded to a stylish upscale property with 43 bedrooms.

2018 – present: Board Director, Compagnie Lebon, Paris Appointed as Non-Exec Director for a listed French company with 4 segments of businesses notably a Hospitality Division known as Esprit de France that owns and operates a portfolio of 14 small to medium size hotels mostly in Paris.

2016 – 2018: CEO Ledunfly Hospitality Limited. London/Nyon, Switzerland) Setting up and running a Hospitality Division for Swiss family office of Dona Bertarelli, Swiss businesswoman and philanthropist

2014 - 2016: Vice President Reignwood Investments U.K. Limited. London Vice President responsible for the planning and execution of Ten Trinity Square, a £400 million conversion of a 415,000 square-foot heritage building into a 100room luxury Four Seasons Hotel, private membership club, and 41 super prime residences.

2012 - Present: Grace Leo Consultancy. London, New York, Hong Kong Grace Leo Consultancy (GLC), focuses on unique vision and ability to help real estate investors and large-scale (multiple-unit) hotel operating companies to develop conceptual and commercial strategies for existing assets or new developments.

2006 - 2016: Board Director and Member of the Executive Committee,Leading Hotels of the World Served as the first female Director on the Executive Committee out of 6 external members for 3 consecutive mandates of 3-year terms.

1989 - 2012: GLA Hotels. Paris Founder and CEO of pioneering hotel company specialized in the development and marketing of niche market luxury and lifestyle hotels that set the trend for the "boutique hotel" movement in Europe, Caribbean, and later in Asia and South America. Projects included 24 luxury hotel and resorts internationally recognized for their distinctive sense of style and finesse including Paris, Dublin, Côte d'Azur, St. Barts, Mustique and Bali.

1981 – 1986: Warwick International Hotels. Paris Vice President, Development and Operations, responsible for the expansion from 2 to 14 hotels in 5 years in Europe and North America.

1977 - 1981: Intercontinental Hotels. San Francisco | Sheraton Centre Hotel, New York

AWARDS

  • 2003 - Best Hotelier Award, Harper's Bazaar Magazine
  • 2003 - Outstanding Achievement Award, the European Hotel Design Awards
  • 2002 - Honoree, The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World

HOTELS DEVELOPED BY GRACE LEO 1987 – 2016

  • 1987 - Hotel Guanahani, Saint Barth – FRANCE (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 1989 - Hotel Montalembert, Paris - FRANCE (Preferred Hotels)
  • 1991 - Hotel Château de Noirieux - FRANCE (Relais & Châteaux)
  • 1992 - Hotel The Clarence, Dublin – IRELAND (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 1992 - Hotel Le Toiny, Saint Barth - FRANCE (Relais & Châteaux)
  • 1996 - Hotel Lancaster, Paris - FRANCE (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 1998 - Hotel Cotton House, Mustique – GRENADINES (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 2000 - Hotel Royal Riviera, Saint.Jean.Cap.Ferrat - FRANCE (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 2000 - Hotel Bel-Ami, Paris - FRANCE (Design Hotels)
  • 2003 - Hotel Cadogan, London – ENGLAND (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 2004 - Hotel Bairro Alto, Lisbonne – PORTUGAL (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 2008 - Hotel Jules, Paris – FRANCE
  • 2009 - Hotel Beauchamps, Paris – FRANCE
  • 2009 - Villa Nyaman, Seminyak Bali, INDONESIA
  • 2010 - Hotel Vidago Palace, Douro Valley – PORTUGAL (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 2012 - Hotel One UN, New York, USA
  • 2012 - Hotel Selman, Marrakech, MOROCCO
  • 2013 - Hotel Cayena, Caracas, VENEZUELA (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 2014 - Hotel Hermitage, Jakarta, INDONESIA (Leading Hotels of the World)
  • 2016 - Ten Trinity Square, London, U.K. (Four Seasons Hotels 2016 - Ten Trinity Square, London, U.K. (Four Seasons Hotels)

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Personal data that One Road Capital Limited collects

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Information that you or someone acting on your behalf provides to One Road Capital Limited or its Associates. This includes information about you that you give One Road Capital Limited by filling in forms, signing up for services on our website or by communicating with us whether face-to-face, by phone, e-mail or otherwise. If you are a client or are connected with one of our client’s matters, this may include personal data about you or others that is provided to One Road Capital Limited in connection with the provision of services to that client.

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One Road Capital Limited is entitled to use personal data in these ways because:

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Where personal data is disclosed to its Associates, One Road Capital Limited will take steps to ensure that the personal data is accessed only by those persons who need to do so for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice.

One Road Capital Limited may also disclose personal data outside of One Road Capital Limited and its Associates, as follows:

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Where One Road Capital Limited transfers personal data outside its territory, One Road Capital Limited will ensure that it is protected in a manner that is consistent with how personal data will be protected by One Road Capital Limited according to UK and the EEA standards. This may be achieved in one of the following ways:

  • the country that One Road Capital Limited sends the data to might be approved by the European Commission or by a relevant data protection authority; or
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In other circumstances the law may permit One Road Capital Limited to otherwise transfer personal data outside the UK or the EEA. In all cases, however, One Road Capital Limited will ensure that any transfer of personal data is compliant with applicable data protection law.

You can obtain further details of the protection given to your personal data when it is transferred outside our territory by contacting One Road Capital Limited in accordance with the “Contacting One Road Capital” section below.

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  • the right to obtain information regarding the processing of your personal data and access to the personal data which One Road Capital Limited holds about you;
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  • the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant data protection authority if you think that any of your rights have been infringed by Rothschild & Co.

You can exercise your rights by contacting One Road Capital Limited using the details set out in the "Contacting One Road Capital Limited " section below.

You can find out more information about your rights by contacting the relevant data protection authority. We can, on request, tell you which data protection authority is relevant to the processing of your personal data.

Contacting One Road Capital Limited

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Lionel Leo

Lionel Is from a well-established Hong Kong hotelier family. Having graduated from USC School of Architecture in 1980, Lionel returned to Hong Kong to join Wong and Ouyang & Associate which was at the time the largest and most progressive architectural firm in Hong Kong.

Lionel graduated from University of South California’s School of Architecture in 1980 and returned to Hong Kong to join Wong & Ouyang Ltd. He quickly built a reputation for impeccable design sensibility and project leadership in a firm reputed for hiring the most accomplished professionals and servicing Hong Kong’s leading business families. After a few years, Lionel left Wong & Ouyang and established Interarch & Associates, an interior architectural design firm that focused on selective projects for the most discerning clients in the region.

Through the 1980s, Lionel created numerous businesses, the most notable was the establishment of L. Hoffman Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong-based investment company focused on equity participations and acquisitions. Hoffman Holdings nurtured companies that were grouped into distinct industries: Real Estate, Infrastructure Services, Consumer Retail, and Private Equity. In a short span of time Lionel built a personal cumulative portfolio of real estate valued over USD $400 million in current market value.

By the mid 1980’s Lionel witnessed China’s meteoric rise into the global economy and by 1986 he was drawn towards the rapidly opening Chinese infrastructure sector. Having developed foundational relationships with the Chinese government, Lionel entered an equity-based joint venture with Harbin Brewery (now owned by Anheuser-Busch) to develop a new plant to capture the international export market. Further opportunities within the region lead him to spearhead other joint venture businesses. He was at helm of the JV of the three largest powerplant companies in the Northern China region bridging heavy metal export from mainland China to Philippines and Indonesia.

Through his consistent execution capabilities and track record, Lionel was able to build a sterling reputation in China amongst local and federal governments. Even today, Lionel is sought out for those seeking China market entry. In the early 2000’s Lionel explored opportunities in the consumer sector and set up a Greenfield venture in Singapore to create a vertically integrated apparel line that targeted upscale working women. The brand grew quickly over a decade and had several fully owned retail concept stores. Additionally, through his consistent drive and network, Lionel was able to roll out the brand in over 70 luxury stores from Bergdorf to Sachs Fifth Avenue in New York.

After exiting the businesses, Lionel has spent his recent years advising some of Asia’s most prolific and established conglomerate families and has continued to build networks across China and South East Asia. Much like China in the 1980s, Lionel began to see new opportunities arise with the growing prominence of the Gulf region. When China announced the establishment of the new Belt and Road initiative, linking the old silk roads across Asia-Pacific and MENA, he realized it was opportune time and together with his long term partner Sagheer Mohammed, they established One Road Capital, a leading proprietary investment firm focused on real estate, hospitality and private equity investments across the new Belt and Road.

Sagheer Mohammed

Former in-house lawyer to one of the world’s largest investment banks in London, subsequently moved to Dubai to head the Capital Markets and Investment Banking team at a top tier power law firm renowned for advising Dubai Government and members of the Dubai royal family

Sagheer successfully established his practice and team as internationally recognized with very strong connections within the Middle East and Asia Pacific and for his ability in continuing to net Dubai Government deals. He was lead counsel for the Government of Dubai (Department of Civil Aviation) on what was at the time the largest ever Sukuk bond deal. The total project was in excess of US$ 4 billion used to finance the expansion of Dubai International Airport. He was ranked as one of the leading lawyers by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and earned his entry into Who’s Who Legal publication. In 2007 Sagheer established Praesidium LLP, an investment banking consultancy firm at the Dubai International Financial Centre. Through his consistent unrivalled service, he managed to build an elite portfolio of some of the most recognized and influential global names. In 2010 he successfully joint ventured his business with Tricor Global, a member of Bank of East Asia Group to create Tricor Praesidium. The JV coupled with Tricor’s global reach, had a combined resource capacity of over 1,500 staff across 23 offices and were regarded as the dominant DIFC firm.

In 2010 Sagheer partnered with Tower Group, a US Development firm to develop ultra-luxury hotels around the world and created 12 Blues Hotels & Resorts. For his first project in the Maldives he was featured in Millionaire Asia Magazine and was quoted as being the next ’Adrian Zecha,” the legendary hotelier behind the ultra-luxury Aman Resorts.

In January 2017 Sagheer exited his interest in Praesidium to build equity-based businesses and in 2018 together with prominent Hong Kong family offices, he established One Road Capital, a proprietary investment firm focused on strategic alliances and investments along China’s Belt and Road. The collaboration resulted in the launch of the world’s first Belt and Road REIT.

In 2019 Sagheer re-entered the consultancy space. Driven by a desire to create a formidable organization that attracted the most spirited intellectual firepower he launched Unitas Client Advisory. Located in the Nasdaq Building in the Dubai International Financial Centre, the premise was to offer unrivalled bespoke consultancy services to the most prominent and discerning of clients looking for that difference in approach.

Sagheer is a seasoned professional and is frequently quoted by his colleagues and clients alike for having a sharp business acumen and for his uncompromising attention to detail.

Engage

We are highly selective on opportunities and seek the most compelling stories. Our due diligence is thorough and drives our decision.

If you have unique proposition, please email us using the link below and a member of our team will contact you for an initial assessment.

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