KPMG Bahrain hires 9-strong team of tax advisors from Keypoint

31 August 2020 2 min. read
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KPMG has hired a team of tax advisors from Keypoint, strengthening its Tax and Corporate Services in Bahrain.

Led by newly appointed partner Mubeen Khadir, who re-joined the accounting and consulting firm five years after leaving for a Big Four rival, the transferring team significantly bolsters KPMG’s footprint in the tax services market. According to Philippe Norre KPMG’s Head of Tax and Corporate Services, the deal has cemented KPMG’s position as the “unparalleled market leader” in Bahrain.

“Mubeen and his team are highly respected across the GCC and their enthusiasm and insight will bolster our existing relationships and reputation in the marketplace,” he said. 

KPMG’s team of lawyers, economists, accountants, consultants and technology specialists support businesses with a range of tax services, including tax, corporate compliance and legal advisory services, as well as outsourced services. The firm also provides a number of technology-based solutions, including KPMG Enara, which supports in-house tax functions with compliance, reporting and data analytics.

Mubeen Khadir, Partner, KPMG

Boasting a diverse and international profile, Norre prides himself on the fact that KPMG’s team can provide professional support to clients in seventeen languages, including Arabic, English, French and Spanish. 

Heading the carved out team is Mubeen Khadir, an expert in the field of tax, serving clients in Bahrain and across the GCC region for several years focused on corporate, international tax, transfer pricing and VAT advisory. At Middle East origin player Keypoint, he headed the firm’s Tax practice, which he helped setup in 2017. Before that, he gained experience at Deloitte across three spells, KPMG, Crowe, EY and law firms MinterEllison and Herbert Smith Freehills. Khadir relocated from Australia to the Middle East in 2008. 

“I am thrilled to join the dynamic team of talented partners and consultants at KPMG and look forward to driving the growth of the tax practice along with Philippe Norre,” said Khadir. 

Jamal Fakhro, Managing Partner of KPMG in Bahrain, added: “The industry expertise the team brings along, coupled with our existing competencies, reinforces KPMG’s commitment to quality and demonstrates our continuous investment to bring the best and most practical business advice and assistance to our clients.”

Last year, a global study by the World Bank ranked Bahrain as the top country in the world for ease of tax payments.