Andersen Global enters Dubai with GN Global Consulting agreement

25 January 2018

Following its recent expansion into Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Andersen Global has stepped up its push into the Middle East with the addition of a presence in Dubai.

The collaboration agreement with GN Global Consulting sees Andersen Global, an international association of tax and legal advisory firms, continuing its expansion in the region to five countries. After launching in the Middle East last year through a collaboration with Egypt-based Maher Milad Iskander & Company, Andersen Global last month ramped up its presence in MENA with a collaboration with Beirut-headquartered Alem & Associates, adding a team of around 50 professionals to its footprint.

The addition of GN Global Consulting, an affiliate of Griffin Nagda, one of the oldest independent accounting firms in Dubai, comes at a time when many countries in the region are reviewing their tax regimes, particularly in the area of Value Added Tax (VAT). The UAE for instance started levying a 5% VAT* from January 2018 onwards, a move which will according to the officials provide the government with a new source of income which will be utilised to provide high-quality public services. 

“The terrain is changing in the Middle East as many countries are introducing tax regimes. It is becoming increasingly important that we expand and develop our practice in this region. The addition of GN Global Consulting extends our ability to take advantage of these opportunities and provide best-in-class services in this market,” commented Mark Vorsatz, Global Chairman and CEO of Andersen Tax. Andersen Global enters Dubai with GN Global Consulting agreement Andersen Tax was founded in the United States in September 2014, after a group of former Arthur Andersen partners acquired the rights to the iconic brand name Andersen, after which they rebranded their former company (WTAS) as Andersen Tax. Just over three years down the line, Andersen Tax is one of the largest independent tax firms in the world, with approximately 2,500 professionals worldwide and a presence in over 84 locations. 

The latest addition in the Middle East, GN Global Consulting, provides a range of tax services to both businesses and individuals within the United Arab Emirates and across the region. The professional services firm specialises in strategic tax planning, international tax consulting, US tax consulting and filing, and estate and trusts consulting as well as assistance in registration and compliance with the newly launched VAT regulations in the UAE. 

Commenting on joining Andersen Global, GN’s Managing Partner Abdul Wahid Nagda said “We have built our reputation based on quality, integrity, and providing superior services, and we look forward to working with a firm that shares these same values. The collaboration with Andersen Global will help us develop better solutions and provide even more outstanding cross-border services to our clientele.” 

With the expansion into Dubai, US-headquartered Andersen Global joins the likes of several other major consultancies who have recently nestled themselves in the country. In 2017, both Accuracy, a French-origin advisory company, and Miebach Consulting, a German supply consulting firm, landed in Dubai, while in 2016 among others management consultancy goetzpartners established a hub in the country.

* The VAT applies to all products and services, with some limited exceptions including basic food items, healthcare and education.

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.”