Navigant appoints directors for Disputes & Investigations practice in Dubai

22 June 2018 3 min. read

Specialist global professional services firm Navigant has bolstered its Dubai-based Global Disputes and Investigations practice with the appointment of Jacqui Record and Kassem Younes as its new managing and associate directors.

Record and Younes both have extensive experience in forensic accounting and litigation on criminal and civil matters across the globe, and have both crossed from Deloitte’s Middle East forensic & disputes team – as managing director and assistant director respectively – with Record joining Navigant for a second time following a two-year directorial stint in London from 2007.

Altogether, the new managing director Record has over 25 years of experience in forensic accounting, kicking off her career with PwC in London in 1987 where over six years she progressed to the Litigation and Special Investigation Services Division as a Manager, having joined the firm after attaining a Bachelor of Science (hons) in Economics and Accountancy with City, University of London.

Following PwC, Record spent another six years with Arthur Andersen as a director, heading up the fraud and litigation services division for Southern Africa, following which she joined Deloitte for the first time as a Director for Forensic Services in Cape Town, South Africa – staying on in the country for a further expert witness role with local law firm Edward Nathan.Jacqui Record and Kassem Younes - NavigantFrom there, Record returned to London for her initial stint with Navigant – as a Forensic Accounting Director specialising in International Arbitration and Construction matters – before providing freelance expertise for the firm upon moving to the Middle East in 2009, until again joining Deloitte in its Dubai branch for six year before her recent return to Navigant.

Younes, meanwhile, until taking up the Associate Director role with Navigant last month, has been with Deloitte since starting out on a three month internship with the Big Four firm’s Beirut office in 2009, working his way up through the roles of Senior Auditor and then Manager of Financial Advisory Services in the UAE before taking on the Assistant Director position for Forensic & Dispute Services for Deloitte in Dubai.

“We are pleased to welcome Jacqui and Kassem to the global Disputes and Economics practice,” Darin Buchalter, managing director and leader of Navigant’s global Construction practice and the Disputes and Economics practice in EMEA and Asia Pacific, said. “Their breadth of experience further extends the solutions we can provide our clientele in the Middle East.”

David Tortorello, leader of Navigant’s Disputes, Forensics & Legal Technology segment, (under which its Disputes and Economics practice falls), added; “The addition of these talented individuals to our global Disputes and Economics practice strengthens our group of leading experts and complements our established team in Dubai.” In addition to Dubai, the firm has bases in Abu Dhabi and Doha.

Late last year, Navigant's Dubai office also welcomed Paul Taplin as Managing Director and Chris Hewkin as a Director to its global Construction practice