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Our team offers relevant regional and sector experience and has a ‘Big 4’ professional services background. Combining over 50 years of tax experience, gained working in Bahrain, across the GCC, in Malaysia, Europe, New Zealand, Pakistan, the European Union, South Africa and in Australia, our team has advised business and organisations across industry sectors.

As well as VAT advisory and compliance, we utilise our in-depth industry knowledge to provide clients with a range of effective tax solutions, including:

Over the last nine months, our specialist VAT team has completed over 150 VAT implementation engagements, working on sectors from insurance and financial services to automotive and oil & gas in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Our standard approach – assess the impact of VAT, design systems to mitigate that impact, implement the new systems and comply with national and regional legislation – has helped key decision makers at a range of leading businesses understand the challenges and opportunities that a paradigm shift like VAT can represent.

As the tax picture evolves across the GCC, it is crucial that investors – both current and potential – consider the tax implications of the decisions they make – such as transfer taxes, VAT recovery, financing structures and transfer pricing regulations. It is equally important that exit strategies are thought through at the investment phase.

Our tax professionals help clients shape the immediate and long-term tax impact of acquisitions and dispositions and understanding potential tax risks and benefits associated with a specific transaction, bearing in mind commercial considerations.

Tax is an important element of any M&A transaction and can affect potential investment decisions. Our tax due diligence teams analyse and quantify tax risks and opportunities and identify potential costs, contingencies and commitments, helping businesses make informed investment decisions.

As GCC economies mature and governments look to reduce their reliance on hydrocarbons, there will be an increasing expectation that companies not only pay, but are seen to pay, the correct levels of tax. In Western economies, tax compliance has become an increasing priority for many leading companies, often in response to media and activist questions.

Our teams of tax consultants, armed with an in-depth knowledge of local, regional and international legislation, can help companies remain compliant with an increasingly complicated regulatory environment.

As the GCC and global economies become increasingly aligned, with GCC investors looking overseas and overseas investors on the lookout for growth opportunities in a relatively new marketplace, tax advisors need to offer an increasingly international perspective. Our tax professionals offer services that help companies working across borders to align their tax strategies with their business objectives, providing a comprehensive range of inbound and outbound tax services.

As governments around the world begin to implement a number of global initiatives (such as the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative), it is crucial to consider how these might affect a company’s current tax position.

Transfer pricing – how transactions between enterprises under common ownership or control are priced – is an important matter for any business operating across borders. Keypoint’s tax specialists can advise businesses on related-party and cross-border transactions, helping businesses comply with transfer pricing regulations.

Disputes with the tax authorities are likely to become increasingly common as governments look to increase tax revenue.

Our experienced dispute resolution professionals work across the dispute resolution process, from protecting against disputes through to dispute resolution. We work with clients to reduce the likelihood of a dispute and – where an issue develops into a dispute – work efficiently and effectively with clients to help resolve disputes.

Mubeen Khadir
Senior Director
George Campbell
Associate Director