Born in Tehran, Reza Irani-Kermani studied at a French School, Lycée Razi until his 6th grade in 1980. He further continued his studies in Sophia Antipolis, Valbonne in the South of France where he graduated withan International Baccalaureate. He then travelled to Birmingham in the United Kingdom, to get his University degree. Reza studied Production Engineering and Commerce at the University of Birmingham, in Edgbaston. After receiving his degree in Engineering in 1989, he started work at Management Investment and Trade Ltd “MIT” in London as a Clerk. MIT was a subs diary of the well reputed MKS Finance SA which is based in Geneva (www.mks.ch).Reza became a trader in 1990 and secured his promotion to General Manager in 1991. Under his tenure, MITbecame one of the largest trading companies in the world in Foreign Exchange and Bullion with a daily turnover of US $11 Billion.
In 1993, as China had just begun to gently move away from communism, MIT looked to partner with a Chinese Bank; MKS sold their shares to Po Sang Bank (Hong Kong), a sister Bank of Bank of China.
Mr. Reza Irani-Kermani remained at the helm of the joint venture Company. However, it soon became apparent that the difference in mentalities would not allow for the rapid exponential growth expected. Preussag AG, one of Germany’s largest conglomerates’ London affiliate approached MIT to create a joint venture. This opportunity allowed MIT to partner with Amalgamated Metal Trading Limited (www.amt.co.uk).
Reza remained in charge of the Bullion and Foreign Exchange trading division of AMC but in 1997,he decided to change career.
He joined the Abela Corporation (www.abela.com) as one of the youngest board members. The Abela Corporation was a world class caterer and had in excess of 40,000 employees and offices in 44 countries.
In 2000, Reza established his own firm, Symphony Partners PLC with Abbas Jafarian. Symphony was primarily involved in real estate asset management for a large MENA Fund. Its core activities involved sourcing, organising, financing and property management of their clients’ primary assets.
After achieving major success with Symphony, Reza Irani-Kermani and Abbas Jafarian established Black Pearl Capital “BPC” (www.blackpearlcap.com) in the year 2007 as their sole proprietary investment Company;BPC’s raison d’êtreis trading the financial markets, investing in Real Estate in Eastern Europe and select Private Equity deals.
In 2009, they launched the Black Pearl Global Opportunity Fund “BPGOF”, where they invested BPC Partners’ monies in financial instruments.