Andersen Global adds Saudi Arabia presence with Alrikaz Tax Consultants

14 November 2018

Andersen Global has continued its Middle Eastern push with the addition of Alrikaz Tax Consultants as a collaborative partner in Saudi Arabia.

With debuts and expansions in dozens of international locations over the past year or so alone, including an entry into Dubai with GN Global Consulting and an earlier expansion with the Lebanon-based Alem & Associates, the worldwide march of the Andersen Global name continues unabated with the latest addition to its network; Alrikaz Tax Consultants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Operating with a staff over 100 from five offices in the Kingdom, including in Riyadh, Jeddah, Khobar and Al -Madina Munawarah, Alrikaz has established itself over the past ten years as a leading independent local firm specialised in Tax & Zakat Consultations – the latter a form of alms-giving paid as an obligatory tax in the Islamic religion. The firm also provides training services and VAT-related advisory.

“Saudi Arabia is critical to any firm’s strategy for growth in the Middle East, so it’s a considerable collaboration on our part that we are working with the best of the best in Saudi Arabia,” Andersen Global Chairman and Andersen Tax LLC CEO Mark Vorsatz said of the agreement. “We’re starting at the top and can only go higher from here.”Andersen Global adds Saudi Arabia presence through Alrikaz Tax ConsultantsBoasting a substantial customer base of high-profile international and Saudi companies, Alrikaz is headed by Managing Director and CEO Abdulmohsen S.F. Alkahtani, a former professional with Andersen Global predecessor Arthur Andersen, with support from Ahmed Ismail (a 20-year veteran with KPMG) and Abdelrahim Elbakheit as Senior Directors – the latter who also started out with Arthur Andersen in the late 90s.

“I started my career with Arthur Andersen,” said Alkahtani. “When you start out with the foundation of being the absolute best in tax consulting and the very best in client service, it’s something you work to replicate the rest of your career. Needless to say, Arthur Andersen’s values and the way they did business is exactly what we aim to provide for our clients.”

Elbakheit adds; “Andersen Global is just so different from a traditional professional services organisation, so the opportunity to jump on board is flattering and exciting. We will work to continue to exceed expectations for our Saudi and foreign clients. The collaboration with Andersen Global only enhances our reach, depth and width, and our ability to do so.”

The collaboration agreement with Alrikaz in Saudi Arabia follows not only the expanded Middle East presence in the UAE and Lebanon through GN Global and Alem & Associates at the beginning of the year (following a regional MENA launch last year in Egypt), but further recent additions in Jordan (law firm Zalloum & Laswi) and Kuwait, with accounting and corporate secretarial service’s firm Solutions Bridge.

Altogether, Andersen Global’s international association of independent member firms has grown since its 2013 inception to now boast a presence in 121 locations worldwide, with a collective headcount in excess of 3,500 professionals. In addition to the firm’s push in the Middle East, Andersen Global has in recent months added African bureaus in Kenya, Mozambique and Angola among others in Europe and Latin America.

Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in Dubai

10 April 2019

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.”