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Financial Advisory Forensic leadership profiles
Our Deloitte Forensic specialists in the Middle East work with clients facing complex problems such as business disputes, fraud or regulatory actions. They provide proven methodologies, world-class forensic and analytic technology and investigative specialists that can give our clients insight and solutions.
Partner - Forensic
Mobile: +966 (0) 53 835 5449
Neil is a Forensic Partner based in Saudi Arabia, having previously been a Partner with Deloitte in the UK. He is a UK Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years of experience in Disputes and Corporate Investigations and has acted for both Claimants and Respondents in a variety of quantum matters in arbitration and litigation across many industries. Neil has given expert evidence and been cross examined by Queen’s Counsel on several occasions, most recently over six days before the Lord Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands in a multi-billion dollar asset tracing matter.
- Led a team of six Forensic Accountants in tracing over USD 1 billion of funds from Saudi Arabia to investments in Cayman through complex and circuitous routes and with incomplete accounting records.
- Investigation of an accounting ‘black hole’ resulting from the improper use of a treasury account.
- Investigating the actions of a General Manager in Saudi Arabia following whistleblower allegations of fraud and misconduct.
- For the respondent in a DIAC Arbitration, quantifying the loss of profit resulting from the early termination of a security contract.
- For the claimant in a multi-billion dollar fraud case, tracing the flow of funds from Saudi Arabia to the Cayman Islands.
- Investigation of regulatory breaches at a major bank in Dubai on behalf of the regulator, the Dubai Financial Services Authority.
- A detailed review of compliance with anti bribery and corruption policies and procedures for a client in Saudi Arabia following an incident involving the payment of a bribe by an employee.
- Investigated the failure by management of a Financial Institution to follow procedures in relation to the approval of new lending products that resulted in multi-million dollar losses.
- Neil has conducted over 100 forensic contract reviews in a variety of industries including petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and luxury goods.
Forensic Middle East Leader
Mobile: +971 (0) 56 661 3444 | +966 (0) 55 177 1734
Rana Shashaa leads the Deloitte Forensic practice in the Middle East, the largest investigation and disputes practice in the region. She has over 18 years of experience across a range of forensic disciplines.
Rana has advised and led on a many large, complex, and high-profile regional and cross-border investigations/litigations/insolvencies involving fraud, anti-bribery & corruption (ABC) and accounting irregularities. She works closely with counsel and client management from various industries and often testified/presented results in local and international courts as well as to prosecutors and regulators.
Clients and counsel have highlighted that Rana's analytical thinking allows her "to digest and analyse a significant amount of information and come up with out-of-the-box solutions".
Rana is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has an Islamic finance qualification (IFQ-SII) from the UK, an executive MBA from City, University of London (with distinction) and a BSc degree in finance and accounting.
Rana has been recognised as a global leader in investigations and forensic accounting by WWL. Based on the collected feedback from clients and counsel: “Rana does not lose sight of the big picture, no matter how much she dives into the detail". "She delivers high-quality work within very tight deadlines”. "She is approachable and highly responsive".
- Currently leading a major investigation on behalf of a tax authority in Western Europe with respect to the submission of allegedly fraudulent withholding tax claims in excess of USD 2 billion.
- Investigations on behalf of a local government to assess multiple fraud and corruption allegations against managers in government owned entities.
- Investigations into allegations against the former CEO of a large public company over the misuse of his position, with recoveries in excess of USD100 million.
- Led an investigation engagement on behalf of Middle East contractor to assess a large-scale misappropriation allegation against the former General Manager. The value of the losses claimed were in excess of USD 200 million.
- Led a DIAC arbitration matter between a UAE based manufacturer and contractor regarding the loss of profits and increase in costs on a delayed construction development.
- Led a dispute, acting for the respondent in an ICC UK arbitration to assess quantum in relation to a terminated Middle East power station Project.
- Led a Jordanian arbitration matter, acting for the respondent, in a dispute between a general contractor and a Jordan based hotel developer. Work included assessing the incremental costs incurred by the developer as a result of the delay and non-performance by the contractor.
- Led an engagement where we were appointed as the Expert in a large Dubai Court shareholders' dispute for a multi-national family-owned business group. Our work included Forensic Review and Valuation.
- Rana has provided expert evidence numerous times in a wide variety of forums and is listed in the Who’s Who Legal’s list of worldwide recognized experts.
Partner - Corporate Intelligence and Investigations
Mobile: +971 (0) 50 650 7801
Ralph is a Partner in Deloitte Middle East’s Forensic practice, leading the firm's Financial Crime Investigations and Corporate Intelligence Services offering. He has over 15 years of experience of working on and leading investigation, remediation, asset search, litigation support and due diligence assignments, as well as providing advisory to clients. Ralph has cross-sector industry experience but is mainly focused on Sovereign Wealth Funds and Financial Services.
- Investigations into significant losses and misconduct at a MENA Sovereign Wealth Fund, with recoveries of over USD 1 billion.
- Financial Services regulatory investigations into unauthorised activities, sanctions, financial crime compliance deficiencies and defrauding of fund investors, including reporting to regional overseas regulators.
- Forensic investigation at C-level into fraud, corruption, asset misappropriation and breach of duty, including working with legal counsel to prepare civil and criminal cases.
- Client file remediation in PVB, regulatory response and AML/CFT advisory.
- Pre-transaction integrity due diligence for PE firms, DFIs and corporate clients across the Middle East and North Africa. Also, third party and customer enhanced due diligence for public and private sector clients.
- Litigation support assignments, including preparation of factual witness reports and statements, working closely with leading international and local law firms on defense or plaintiff’s side.
- Asset search and recovery assignments, assisting clients, including banks, corporate clients and state-owned entities with cross-border asset recovery.
Partner | Forensic and Dispute Services
Mobile: +971 (0) 55 483 2371
Chris is a partner in Deloitte’s forensic practice specializing in dispute assignments. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of The Expert Witness Institute, the Academy of Experts, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the Society of Construction Law. Chris has given expert evidence in the UK and overseas on over 30 occasions, including in the High Court, Criminal Court, Family Court, Arbitrations both domestically and internationally, tribunals, and adjudications. He has also led several high-profile accounting investigations that have led him to appear in front of public committees and in court prosecutions.
- Instructed in a USD 300 million automotive arbitration quantifying the losses flowing from allegedly breach of contract.
- Acted as consulting expert in a USD 44 million sale and purchase dispute between a US business and a French Company where Chris supported a corporate finance expert.
- Appointed as consulting expert to advise US lawyers acting for a Dutch bank in an arbitration involving the work performed by a firm of accountants for a UK publicly listed company with substantial American interests. The matter was heard in California under Californian Law.
- Acted as consulting expert in a USD 700 million sale and purchase ICC arbitration held in the UK under New York Law.
- Appointed testifying expert in two Dubai based project disputes with quantum of USD 500 million and USD 125 million.
- Expert witness in a USD 272 million loss of profits dispute between two large middle eastern businesses.
- Undertaking out a contract reviews on a major USD 2.4 billion oil refinery construction contract for a Middle Eastern Government.
- Appointed to investigate the additional costs in a contract resulting from negligent construction of an oil rig for a Middle Eastern company - £60m.
Partner – Construction Advisory
Mobile: +971 (0) 50 622 7842
Mahmoud is a Partner in Deloitte’s Forensic team, focusing on Construction Advisory. He is a delay analyst with over 16 years of experience in the construction industry.
Regularly appointed as a delay analysis expert, this includes testifying in both English and Arabic in DIAC arbitration as well as navigating local court litigations. His work involves high-profile projects such as international museums, airports, power stations and high-rise towers.
- Acting as a delay expert in litigation involving forty delay events over a period of four years. He produced reports for and was cross-examined by both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai first-instance and appeal courts, which held separate hearings simultaneously. Value of dispute was AED 420 million.
- Actiing as a delay expert in two litigations involving internal and external bridges, as well as internal finishes. Mahmoud produced technical reports and was cross-examined. Combined value of both disputes is AED 460 million.
- Appointed by a leading Dubai-based developer as a delay expert in litigation, involving 36 delay events over a period of three years. Value of dispute was AED 80 million.
- Appointed as a delay expert in ICC arbitration involving matters of delay and disruption to civil works. Value of dispute was AED 50 million.
- Appointed by a leading Dubai-based developer as a delay expert in litigation, involving 16 delay events over a period of two and a half years. Value of dispute was AED 19 million.
- Appointed as a delay expert in DIAC arbitration involving eight delay events to the construction of a residential tower. Mahmoud produced reports concerning matters of delay, exchanged rejoinders, and was cross-examined. Value of dispute was AED 40 million.
Partner - Investigations and Disputes
Mobile: +971 (0) 50 658 2694
Collin is a Partner in Deloitte Middle East’s Forensic practice and has over 21 years of experience in Deloitte, including 11 years in the U.S. and 10 years in the Middle East. He leads the Business Conduct Investigations for Deloitte Forensic in the region, focusing on topics such as Bribery and Corruption, Trade Sanctions and other key business conduct risks. Collin also leads proactive services related to Fraud Risk Management, Due Diligence and Business Conduct/Ethics.
- Leading Deloitte’s Forensic efforts related to a USD 10 billion fraud and associated dispute between two major Saudi enterprises, involving dozens of local and international banks. He led team efforts around all aspects of litigation support, including attending trial in the Cayman Islands and coordinating multiple disclosures in a year-long trial.
- Leading an investigation into allegations of inside dealing and fraud between a KSA distributor of a multinational consumer electronics company.
- Leading a series of interrelated investigations into alleged bribery and corruption violations by a large multinational across seven countries in the Middle East.
- Led a major, multi-year investigation into allegations of fraud, corruption and bribery at the Saudi Arabian distributor of a major European medical devices and medical services company.
- Led a team assisting the Saudi branch of a large international petroleum services provider to address matters related to AB&C. Collin reviewed the client’s AB&C policies and procedures, assessed controls, advised on a training program, and assisted with an internal investigation.
- Currently leads several ongoing Fraud Risk Assessment exercises. He has conducted FRA exercises in a range of industries, including oil & gas, banking, sporting events, facilities, capital markets, among others.
- Led numerous ‘fraud audits’ for KSA-based companies serving Saudi Aramco, including reviewing fraud-related controls, transaction testing and training around fraud awareness.
Partner – Data Analytics
Mobile: +971 (0) 50 650 9422
Sridip is a Partner in Deloitte Middle East’s Forensic practice with a focus on Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Geographical Information Systems within the Middle East market. He has over 15 years of expertise in the areas of Analytics, Business Intelligence, AI/ML, Digital Identity, Mobility and Cloud Technologies as well as providing advisory to clients. Sridip has cross-sector industry experience but is mainly focused on large enterprises and public sector.
- Helped a leading utility company standardise its data and business intelligence strategy and roadmap, and then helped deliver the roadmap successfully.
- Worked with a MENA Sovereign Wealth Fund to build a data led application to help manage and visualise their global portfolio and investments across sectors.
- Worked with a leading TELCO in the Middle East to help deliver their business and location intelligence and analytics needs across multiple divisions and groups.
- Worked with a leading Qatar healthcare provider to help standardise the analytics and BI platform and help drive data driven decision making across the board.
- Worked with a smart city to help set up open data standards to help citizens and multiple ministries plan for a better citizen experience.
- Worked with a leading airline in the Middle East to help standardise the semantic graph and analytics platform to help the various businesses with data driven decision making.
Director - Investigations and Disputes
Mobile: +971 (0) 50 676 1954
Fouad is a Partner in Deloitte Middle East’s Forensic practice and has over 12 years of experience in Forensic, Audit and Advisory services. Over the past years he led numerous high-profile fraud and anti-bribery and corruption investigations across various industries. Fouad has reported to a wide range of clients including board of directors, CEOs, legal counsel and high-ranking government officials. He is a qualified Certified Public Accountant.
- Led a multi-jurisdictional investigation into allegations of embezzlement, conflict of interest and mismanagement by the fund manager of two international funds with combined assets under management of over USD 500 million.
- Led an investigation into allegations of embezzlement of over USD 3 billion by the former management of a large conglomerate in the GCC region. The work included investigating the flow of funds and offshore special purpose vehicles and conduit companies that facilitated the alleged embezzlement.
- Led an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of funds ,mismanagement and misrepresentation to the board of directors by the former CEO in relation to the construction of a plant of over USD 1 billion at a large energy company in the GCC.
- Assisted numerous clients with ABAC investigations and third-party forensic reviews in UAE, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon and Pakistan.
Director – Construction Advisory
Mobile: +971 (0) 55 928 5988
Natalia has over 14 years of experience leading a construction practice. Natalia`s key experience are conducting forensic construction investigation, managing and control of construction projects, project services, including cost control, budget optimization and schedule management, value engineering, Construction risk management. Natalia has managed a number of engagements with clients and/or targets active in coal mining, O&G, telecommunications, energy, pharmacy, chemical, construction and others. She has delivered projects across Russia, West Europe, the Caucasus region and Central Asia.
Director - Investigations and Disputes
Mobile: +966 (0) 53 335 0270
Paul is a Director in Deloitte Middle East’s Forensic practice and is based in Saudi Arabia. He has over 19 years of experience in conducting detailed Forensic Accounting Investigations, providing expert and witness statements to support clients’ claims, leading to the identification and securing of assets located throughout the world. Paul is involved in a number of projects focused on designing and implementing fraud analytics and reviewing platforms to help clients better foresee and protect themselves from fraudulent schemes and activities.
- Acting for the Liquidators of this Middle Eastern asset manager, with over USD 10 billion AUM, and investigating its collapse, resulting in significant loss to both creditors and investors.
- The investigation has included a detailed forensic analysis and verification of a large number of transactions; the analysis of fund flows through the corporate and fund structure to consider the proper (or otherwise) use of monies; the tracing of transactions, investments and assets throughout the world and working with the liquidators in developing a recovery strategy.
- Advisor to a failed bank in the Middle East providing detailed forensic work on various matters including share portfolios, a re-construction of the USD 2 billion loan book and working with the bank’s lawyers to pursue an asset recovery strategy primarily based on litigation due to financial irregularities. The role included acting as an expert in the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution in a claim valued at over USD 1.5 billion.
- Working for the Federal Republic of Nigeria investigating and tracing the alleged USD 2 billion stolen from the government by its former president, President Abacha.
Director - Investigations and Disputes
Mobile: +971 (0) 50 455 1586
Mark is a Director in our Forensic practice and has over 14 years of experience in fraud investigation and dispute advisory services. Mark has led numerous fraud investigations in the Middle East, including matters relating to false financial reporting, asset embezzlement and investment fraud. He has also led anti-bribery and corruption investigations across multiple industries and jurisdictions. He has worked on both government and non-government clients and regularly deals with both local and international counsel. Mark is a qualified chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
- Led investigation for a major Middle Eastern bank concerning the alleged over-disbursement of USD 500m of infrastructure loans;
- Led investigation into a USD 200m hedge fund investment by a Middle Eastern government where the fund manager had embezzled a significant portion of the investment;
- Acted for a UAE government entity that suffered over AED 500m worth of losses due to fraud by various government officials across multiple domestic and international investments;
- Managed various anti-bribery and corruption investigations in the pharmaceutical industry – as well as distributor audits - across the Middle East;
- Investigated the alleged AED 1bn overstatement of a UAE government entity’s financial statements due to fraudulent financial reporting;
- Co-managed the wind-down of the main UAE subsidiary of Wirecard AG, the German payments processing firm that collapsed following a major fraud in 2020; and
- Managed numerous contract compliance reviews to recover money for clients for contract nonperformance.
Director - Financial Crime
Mobile: +971 (0) 50 128 3009
Khush has worked extensively with banks and regulators across the GCC and Europe for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include Financial Crime Compliance Transformations, Regulatory Reviews, FCC Strategy and Project Management.
- Khush has performed regulatory reviews on behalf of the US FED and UK’s FCA reviews. He is fluent on global regulatory expectations including industry bodies such as FATF.
- He has led Financial Crime Risk Assessments for over 10 banks in the UAE and wider GCC. The risk assessments were based on local and global regulatory guidance and leading industry practice.
- Khush has knowledge of local regulatory requirements in a number of jurisdictions across Asia Pacific, Europe & MENA regions.
- Khush led FCC transformations for major banks in KSA, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman & Pakistan providing oversight on governance, design of controls, technology implementation and managing teams on drafting policies, procedures and related materials across people, process & technology. Khush pioneered FCC transformation programmes within the MENA region since 2015. •
- He leads a number of tech alliances for FCC technology solutions including performing effectiveness and efficiency reviews and system implementations. •
- As Deloitte’s transformation and technology lead, Khush focuses on supporting financial institutions to be regulatory compliant.
Director - Financial Services Regulatory Advisory Dubai
Mobile: +971 (0) 56 524 5191
Saad is a Director with over 15 years of professional experience in financial services advisory and capital markets. He has worked extensively for banks and with regulators across the GCC. His areas of expertise include amongst others Regulatory Compliance, Regulatory Strategy, Business Planning, Operating Model Development, Strategy & Business transformation, and Project Management.
- Saad has led a number of advisory projects related to financial services acting as main liaison with regulators and clients.
- He led teams that developed the complete Financial Crime risk registers for banks (local and foreign) across the region. The engagement involved reviewing local and international regulations and highlighting gaps against bank’s policies and processes and developing implementation plans.
- He has worked on multiple engagements reviewing the financial crime frameworks for different banks and Sovereign Wealth Fund across the region in line with local regulations and leading industry practices.
- He has also worked with regulators across the region on engagements including Finance Crime Assessments and developing a new regulatory framework affecting all banks in Saudi Arabia.
- Saad led teams that conducted remediation to update the KYC files of banks (including private banks) in the region.
- He was the in-country lead for implementing the global financial crime policies and remediating customer files in line with leading guidelines for one of the largest global banks.
- He led a team to implement findings related to Sanctions monitoring and framework for one of the largest global banks.