Our executive team

Berkeley is owned and run by a consortium of executive investors based in the UK and the UAE.

Mike Clark

(Partner), UK

Mike Clark

Mike is an experienced international banker and investment professional who holds an honours degree in Banking and Finance, an ACIB professional qualification and an MBA in Finance from City University Business School in London.  

He has held a range of senior executive positions in high quality international banks in London, including HSBC, Saudi International Bank, Yamaichi Bank, Arab Bank and most recently, as CEO of QIB UK from 2007 to 2013.   Mike is currently engaged in a range of business advisory, real estate, business mediation and corporate finance activities in London, and he continues to develop his long track record of building businesses and successful major investments and acquisitions.

Ash Shah

(Partner), UK

Ash Shah

Ash qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 (ACA) and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) in England and Wales, from where he operates.

He joined the corporate and international tax division of Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers – PwC), in 1990.  He went on to join Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group in 1998, where he has been their Tax Director since 2005, advising on all corporate tax and international tax issues including Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), mergers and acquisitions, group re-structuring, controlled foreign corporations (CFC) and transfer pricing. Ash has also helped the Virgin Group to develop its tax strategy and risk management approach and has assisted in the resolution of UK and international tax disputes as well as managing global compliance.

Ash provides ongoing strategic advice to Berkeley and is a capital investor within the company.

Sohale Rahman

(Partner), UK

Sohale Rahman

Sohale has spent much of his career working with private clients as a business consultant, gaining vast experience in asset management, dispute resolution, investment, financing and construction. Sohale’s current clients and contracts include high-net-worth individuals from East Africa, USA and the Middle East, including the Saudi royal family.

He has specialist knowledge of the real estate sector, in particular, the serviced apartment sector in the UK and mainland Europe, where he has worked on developing alternative income generating solutions. He has also been involved in securing a design project in Portugal for one of Europe’s largest real estate developments.

Sohale is integral in sourcing, developing and managing Berkeley’s real estate portfolio in the UK and is also an investor in the business. He has specialist knowledge of the real estate sector.

Justin Quan

(Senior Associate), Dubai

Justin Quan

Justin is a practising chartered accountant in the UK and the UAE and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Justin previously trained with Dixon Wilson, a leading chartered accounting firm in the UK where he advised high net worth individuals and corporate entities on tax-efficient capital raising strategies for early stage seed investment.

He dealt with institutional deal origination and international tax advisory frameworks during his time with Berkeley’s London team. He now assists in developing Berkeley’s operational corporate strategy, with a focus on retail clients.

Hamad Al Qasim

(Senior Associate), Dubai

Hamad Al Qasim

Hamad is a UAE national from Dubai. Before joining the private equity field he began his career with national carrier Emirates Airlines, where he gained a BSc in engineering.

Having worked for various local organisations, he has strong business connections in the Middle East, particularly within the hospitality and technology sectors. He plays an instrumental role in client relations at Berkeley, managing both institutional and retail clients in the region, as well as being an investor in the business.