goetzpartners opens Dubai, Middle East office, 14th globally

08 July 2016 Consultancy-me.com

German advisory firm goetzpartners has expanded into the Middle East with the opening of a new office in Dubai, which marks goetzpartners’ fourteenth office globally. 

Founded in 1991, goetzpartners is a management consulting and financial advisory firm with more than 300 professionals, advising clients across all major industries.

In line with its growth strategy, the firm has expanded its wings to the Middle East, opening an on the ground operation after serving the market for years through its network of European and Asian (Beijing, Shanghai) offices. The Dubai office of goetzpartners will initially focus on providing consulting services in the high-growth sectors of telecommunications, smart energy, education and public administration.

“We are establishing a local presence for many of our customers in one of the most strategically important and fastest-growing regions of the globe. Because digital transformation doesn’t stop at international borders, we can provide customers with an even better consulting service for the strategic alignment of their core business, and in matters affecting their portfolios,” said Stephan Goetz, co-CEO and co-founder of the consultancy.

Erik Almqvist - Managing Direct of goetzpartners Middle East

Dubai head: Erik Almqvist

To head the new office, Goetz and the firm’s other co-CEO and co-founder, Stefan Sanktjohanser, have appointed Erik Almqvist, a veteran with almost 25 years’ experience in management consulting, as Managing Director for the Middle East. Almqvist joined from Analysys Mason, where he was Head of the Middle East and Global Head of the firm’s Performance Improvement practice. He previously worked six years for Arthur D. Little as a partner, seven years as the leader of his own consulting company, and seven years at Arkwright, a Northern European management consulting firm with offices in Oslo, Stockholm, and Hamburg. 

Almqvist has been tasked with growing goetzpartners’ presence it he region, a consulting industry estimated to be worth around $2.7 billion, of which Saudi Arabia accounts for almost half. In doing so, he has over the course of the past months hired a team of consultants – “a well-balanced mix of young consultants and proven region and industry experts,” he remarked. 

Asked how goetzpartners will differentiate itself from the competition in the Middle East – Dubai is home to many of the globe’s top names, including the likes of McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Strategy& and the Big Four, Almqvist stated, “Companies are facing the challenge of how to implement innovative business models quickly and sustainably. With its unique combination of corporate finance and management consulting, goetzpartners is well suited to address precisely this demand.”

The addition comes two months after goetzpartners expanded into North America with an office in New York and is the firm’s fourteenth globally.

Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in Dubai

10 April 2019 Consultancy-me.com

The boutique global strategy consultancy Corporate Value Associates has launched an office in Dubai – to be led by 20-year consulting veteran Olivier Staub.

Global strategy consulting firm Corporate Value Associates (CVA) has launched its first Middle East office in Dubai, adding to its existing network of 17 offices across Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. The new office will be led by Olivier Staub, a strategy consulting veteran with over 20 years of international consulting and business development experience – the last 14 of those based out of Dubai.

Established in 1987, CVA has grown to a team of more than 250 advisors worldwide, serving  clients with strategy needs across multiple sectors, including energy & utilities, financial services, mining & materials, TMT, transportation and defence. Recently, the consultancy was named by Decideurs Magazine as among the top strategy consulting firms to the industrials segment in France.

The launch of its first Middle East office is a significant step for CVA, which places a particular emphasis on its global network. “We ensure that learnings from work in one country are quickly disseminated to others – best practices are transferred not just between industry practices, but also across geographies. Global staffing and training guarantee there is one global standard: the CVA standard,” the firm states.Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in DubaiJoined by CVA founder Paul-Andre Rabate and Paris-based partner Carole Ott for its inauguration, Staub will head up the Dubai office after a brief stint at fellow boutique consultancy Emerton, before which he served for four years as a partner with local strategy firm Novo Management Partners. Earlier in his career, Staub spent seven years with Oliver Wyman, and initially started out as a consultant with Deloitte in Paris.

Over the course of his career, Staub has amassed experience in over 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with functional expertise in corporate and growth strategy, M&A and due diligence, turnaround programmes and programme management, organisational design, and corporate governance among other areas. He also co-founded e-commerce company Neodirect in Paris, serving as its business development director for three years.

Staub joins Sami Grouz in the broader MENA region, who has led the firm’s Casablanca office since the middle of last year, and will be supported in the new UAE venture by Thomas Fabbes, an Oxford graduate in Materials Science who has been with CVA’s London office since September. According to the firm, its junior consultants are ‘hand-picked’ from the only the top universities and schools around the world – with the firm currently in the middle of a recruitment drive.

CVA founder and Managing Partner Paul-Andre Rabate himself received a doctoral degree in Business Economics from Harvard University, joining BCG in 1978 before co-founding strategy consultancy Mars & Company in France the following year prior to establishing CVA. “CVA has always been a global boutique and this new office opens the door to exciting challenges in the Middle-East,” the firm stated on LinkedIn. “Olivier, we wish you the best of luck in this central region.”