In Thomas’s tax career spanning more than a decade, he has worked at tier 1 tax law firms in Brussels and Paris. Thomas moved to the Gulf in the beginning of 2017. He provides high quality and innovative tax advice to clients.
He has been involved in several high profile deals and has worked for blue chip and quoted companies and institutions in various sectors (financial sector, real estate sector, retail, manufacturing and the public sector).
In recent years he was heavily involved in European tax policy projects, as well as in projects with several European governments and governments in the Gulf region due to the pending introduction of VAT.
Thomas joined his former university, the renowned Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, in teaching an introductory course on tax law to master students. He also teaches VAT in the first Tax LL.M in the Gulf at Paris Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. He publishes regularly in international books and tax technical magazines and is a regular speaker at international events.
Thomas holds a law degree of the Catholic University of Leuven (cum laude) and a tax masters degree of Solvay Business School (magna cum laude). He is hands-on, proactive and combines an extensive technical skill set with a sound understanding of what makes businesses tick.
Thomas loves standup comedy and cartoons.
Nirav is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than nine years of experience in indirect taxes such as GST, Service tax, VAT, Excise tax and Customs. He has assisted several MNC clients in GST and VAT implementation in India, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain since 2017. He has been instrumental in leading end-to-end VAT implementation projects for clients operating in the business of insurance, real estate and construction, manufacturing and trading of consumer and industrial goods, hospitality and travel and logistics.
He has been instrumental in providing advisory support to clients for assessing the GST/VAT impact on their business including transaction restructuring to mitigate tax risk and cost. He has conducted several workshops and training programs on GST/VAT for clients in the Financial Services industry, FMCG, Industrial Goods sector, Power sector, Non-Banking Financial Corporations and few others. He has conducted training for the key stakeholders of businesses to discuss the impact of GST/VAT. He has managed various Service tax compliance and litigation assignments in the Banking and Financial Sector, Comprehensive Tax Reviews involving analysis of Free Trade Agreements with SAARC Nations along with the detailed review of Rules of Origin.
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Baris is an advisor with more than 15 years of experience, specializing in all phases of Turkish and international taxes and he has extensive experience in tax audit work from both direct and indirect tax perspectives for a range of multinational clients.
Before joining Aurifer he was working in PwC as a tax director providing tax compliance, ongoing and ad hoc tax advisory, tax structuring and due diligence services to clients particularly engaged in financial and insurance sectors. He is also specialized in tax implications of financial transactions (e.g., hedging, cash pooling, borrowing, repo, derivative transactions).
He has undertaken several due diligence projects (both buy-side and vendor due diligence) and a large number of tax structuring works in connection with his clients’ divestments and acquisitions.
He also wrote and published Articles, organized and attended several webinars including but not limited to subjects such as FATCA and CRR.
He holds Turkish Certified Public Accountant license for 10 years.
He is proactive and dedicated to adding remarkable value to his clients.
Priyanka is a Chartered Accountant who has more than 11 years of experience in indirect taxes such as VAT, GST, Service tax, Excise tax, and Customs law. During her career, she has worked with firms such as Ernst & Young (India), PwC (India), Nexdigm (India), and WTS Dhruva Consultants (Dubai). She has advised multinational and domestic companies on a wide range of assignments.
In India, she was actively involved in the implementation of GST for large multinational companies, especially for businesses operating in the healthcare, pharma, retail, and service sector. She has advised clients on complex business transactions and, worked on a variety of indirect tax matters such as tax audits, health-check and reviews, tax due diligence, representation to tax authorities, review of customs valuation, Free Trade Policy advisory, and E-invoicing impact analysis. She has also managed multi-state GST compliances for large conglomerates and assisted in the implementation of tax technology tools. She has conducted training of tax officers during GST introduction in India and contributed to various tax articles published online during the GST.
In the Gulf, she has assisted companies for UAE and Oman VAT implementation which involved impact study analysis, handholding in VAT implementation, preparation of SOPs and tax user manual, and conducting workshop/training for clients on VAT. Priyanka holds a Chartered Accountant (CA) degree from The Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai, India.
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Liam Purcell is a qualified tax advisor and chartered accountant who specializes in international taxation, with a particular focus on transfer pricing. Liam spent the first 7 years of his career with EY in Ireland, where he was a Senior Manager in the TP department. In 2022, he moved to the Middle East, where he is now Transfer Pricing Counsel at Aurifer Middle East Tax Consultancy.
Liam has advised high-profile multinationals with respect to their transfer pricing and corporate tax arrangements across a multitude of industries including the pharmaceutical, technology, aircraft leasing and financial sectors.
He has extensive experience advising clients across a number of tax planning issues, including business model design, cost sharing arrangements, Chapter IX business restructuring analyses, intercompany debt pricing, IP valuations, tax controversy etc. Finally, Liam has managed large-scale global transfer pricing documentation projects, including the associated benchmarking studies.
The only way to achieve great things is with great people who truly enjoy their job. Our team is built of lawyers, accountants, and economists who are enthusiastic and take pride in our work.
Our tax advisory services is composed of approximately 10 consultants with different educational and cultural backgrounds. All of them graduated from prestigious universities and colleges. Ambition is what they have in common as well as striving for customer centricity providing high quality services. All consultants have prior tax experience and have teaching experience.
Our consultancy team has long experience in EU VAT, direct and indirect taxation, and government policy. Teaching is one of our passions and our team members have experience in teaching both in academic and business environment.
Since 2017, we have been helping large companies established in the Gulf, with the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) in the region, with the company’s founder having participated actively in the policy processes.
The key to our success is a multicultural team, highly specialized and client focused.
We stand for top-level advice which brings the desired sustainable benefits for our clients.