Lauren is a highly-qualified Australian lawyer with a broad range of legal expertise. Having worked with a number of different law firms, including ‘magic circle’ firms, in Australia, she adds significant depth to Keypoint’s statutory and corporate affairs function.
In her previous role as a senior associate in the litigation and dispute resolution practice of a leading international law firm, Lauren managed litigation matters, acting for a wide range of government, public sector, listed and private sector organisations across various industries. She has drafted commercial legal advice, instructed counsel and prepared a variety of matters for trial, including disputes between company directors and shareholders, contractual disputes and property disputes.
Over the last 10 years with Keypoint, Lina has emerged as a trusted adviser, advising a range of businesses on business formation, corporate secretarial services and governance. She advises clients on corporate and statutory matters including company formation, licensing, restructuring, liquidation, regulatory approval and constitutional documentation. Within the CAS function, Lina is responsible for assuring the technical quality and on time delivery of our work products.
Before joining Keypoint, Lina worked with the Office of the Prime Minister of Jordan and a leading multi-national pharmaceutical company headquartered in Jordan. Lina has a bachelor degree in literature and language from the University of Jordan.
Lina is fluent in Arabic and English.
Imran is a seasoned accounting professional who processes accounting data, prepares monthly financial statements and budgets and analyses management reports. He has worked in financial management, accounting, cost & budgeting and financial analysis roles in a range of different economic sectors and is recognised as a subject matter expert on financial models, financial feasibility studies, financial analysis and performance measurement reports.
Before joining Keypoint, Imran was a key member of ERP implementation teams in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries and has wide IFRS, GAAP and financial reporting experience. He also has broad cost controls, budgeting, financial control and internal audit experience.
Imran has a BSc from the University of Punjab (Pakistan) and is ACCA (UK) qualified.
Omar is an experienced tax professional with a particular focus on VAT and excise. Omar started his career in Malaysia with a global tobacco manufacturer before moving to a ‘Big 4’ professional services firm, developing a deep knowledge across a wide range of indirect tax issues, including excise taxes and customs matters. Over the last three years, he has serviced a diverse range of businesses across the GCC with a significant emphasis on VAT implementation and advisory. He is widely acknowledged as one of the region’s leading trusted advisers on VAT for the insurance and reinsurance sectors (both conventional and Islamic (takaful)), having led over two dozen VAT implementations and significant advisory engagements in Malaysia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE for insurance and reinsurance businesses.
An experienced VAT consultant with a background in both direct and indirect taxation, Tariq until recently was an indirect tax specialist with the UK tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). At HMRC, Tariq led audits of the indirect tax functions of large businesses. He has also worked for a ‘Big 4’ firm.
Tariq has audited the tax functions of leading business across a range of industries, including banks and other financial institutions, retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers. As an indirect tax specialist who has worked for a regulator in a mature tax jurisdiction, Tariq brings a different perspective which will be welcomed by businesses in Bahrain and across the GCC.
A graduate in accounting & finance, Tariq is fluent in English, Urdu and Punjabi.
Adil Fawzi, who has joined the tax function as a manager, has over 10 years of experience in accounting, external and internal auditing, special assignments and taxation – including Saudi tax and zakat compliance and advisory. With a recent focus on tax and zakat compliance across industries including oil & gas, power & utilities, property and investments, retail, finance (including Islamic finance) and hotels and leisure, he has worked both for ‘Big 4’ professional services firms as well as in industry in Saudi Arabia.
Adil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ACA) and of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (ACMA). Fluent in English, Tamil and Sinhalese, Adil is based in our Saudi offices.
Faryal processes accounting data and prepares monthly financial statements and budgets and coordinates payroll and SIO services for banking and consulting businesses. She also handles accounting assignments for businesses in the investment, consultancy, manufacturing, hospitality and financial sectors.
Faryal has processed accounting and payroll data; prepared quarterly prudential returns and monthly reports for the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB); worked on monthly, quarterly and annual standalone and consolidated financial statements; performed ESOP accounting; costed jobs and projects; and drafted and analysed financial statements, periodical reports and budget variances across the telecommunication, agriculture, real estate, manufacturing and construction sectors.
Faryal is currently an ACCA affiliate and is determined to expand her accounting qualifications and knowledge.
Since joining Keypoint, Ambika has worked on a range of projects, including a long-term secondment to a large family office in the Kingdom of Bahrain where she supported corporate governance, risk assessment and internal audit processes. Ambika has also supported a range of Bahrain banks with internal audits, NAV calculations, investment reporting, financial statements, compliance with CBB regulations, investment structuring and restructuring, trust and company administration, impact assessments following CBB license changes, corporate secretarial assignments and developing authority matrices and other policies, procedures and manuals
Ambika previously worked as an internal audit manager at a leading global insurance group with operations in India where she helped develop an annual audit plan and was responsible for executing audits and reporting.
At Keypoint, Darrshan has managed IT-related projects, audited IT systems, and implemented IT security governance standards and business continuity management systems for clients in a variety of sectors including financial services, manufacturing and healthcare.
Before joining Keypoint, Darrshan worked as a senior software engineer at a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) software development company. He was a member of the team developing the ERP’s core using agile methodology. He has worked across the IT project lifecycle (from requirement gathering to user training) and mentored team members.
Darrshan has an MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) and is a previous winner of the CIMA Sri Lanka prize for management accounting financial analysis.
Ajit is a certified IT governance consultant with over 10 years of IT experience. His expertise ranges from IT service management and information security management system audits to IT performance management, tool implementation and organisational change management.
Before joining Keypoint, Ajit worked for a number of leading Indian technology companies. Career highlights include managing enterprise and public cloud services for large banking and insurance customers; successfully establishing IT performance management frameworks for the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul) based on COBIT guidelines; and implementing ITIL processes and IT governance practices for the Eastern Region Municipality (Saudi Arabia) and other large enterprises across the Middle East.
Ajit has an MBA from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (India) and a BTech from Uttar Pradesh Technical University (India).