Anuj Agarwal, Uthman Al-Basri and Antonio Tapia partner at KPMG

24 April 2024 2 min. read
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KPMG has strengthened its leadership team in the Lower Gulf region with three new partners: Anuj Agarwal, Uthman Al-Basri, and Antonio Tapia.

Anuj Agarwal has been promoted to partner within the firm’s Advisory practice. With a career spanning 15 years, Agarwal has led and helped deliver countless projects in governance, risk, compliance, and operational excellence.

Agarwal has been with KPMG for over three years, during this time playing an instrumental role in growing its governance, risk, compliance practice (GRCS) within the energy, oil & gas, renewables and utilities sectors.

Anuj Agarwal, Uthman Al-Basri, and Antonio Tapia - KPMG

Prior to joining the Big Four firm, Agarwal worked for Protiviti and EY, and an oil & gas company, among others.

Earlier in March KPMG appointed Tejas Mehta and Saeb Mouaget as partners in its GRCS capability, as GRCS continues to be a fast growing and increasingly complex area for businesses in the region.

Uthman Al-Basri has been named partner within the Transaction Services practice. He has over 14 years of experience in mergers & acquisitions with an extensive track record that includes advising financial institutions on over 90 transactions across the Middle East and North Africa.

Earlier in his career, Al-Basri worked for Deloitte in the Middle East, among others.

Antonio Tapia has meanwhile been promoted to Tax Partner leading the Transfer Pricing offering. He has over 13 years of experience in transfer pricing and international tax in Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.

Tapia, who joined KPMG early last year following a long career with PwC and Deloitte, has a deep understanding of transfer pricing complexities which have enabled him to build a specialist team and provide innovative transfer pricing strategies to clients across various industries.

Commenting on the appointments, Emilio Pera, CEO and Senior Partner at KPMG Lower Gulf said: “We are delighted to welcome these three new partners to our family. Their diverse expertise and proven track records enhances our capabilities within a rapidly evolving and increasingly complex market and will undoubtedly contribute to our continued success in providing exceptional services to our clients.”

In the past few years, KPMG has strengthened the team to over 1,900 employees in line with the significant growth the business has witnessed across its service lines. The accounting and consulting firm advises public and private sector clients in the UAE and Oman.