THOMAS VANHEE

Founding Partner
+971 58 263 3018
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.

OMAR HISHAM

Senior Counsel
+971 58 263 3018
Omar Hisham is Senior Counsel at Aurifer Middle East Tax Consultancy and has recently assisted companies around the GCC region in VAT including more than a dozen insurance companies and other financial services entities, specifically in the KSA and Bahrain, in transitioning into the newly introduced GCC VAT regime with an ‘organisation-wide’ VAT implementation; a majority of his clients tend to re-engage and continue to be retained as clients for VAT advisory and post-VAT implementation support. In addition, Omar has the Malaysian GST (the Malaysian equivalent of VAT) experience with a specific focus on financial services (both conventional and Islamic) as well having performed indirect tax due diligence exercises for a number of multinational M&A projects and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance programme. Omar also has an extensive supply chain indirect tax planning experience having assisted his clients on other indirect tax matters such as service tax, sales tax, excise duty, customs duty exemptions, import/ export and customs facilities procedures, tariff classifications and customs ruling applications and appeals. Omar is interested in tax technology and the pragmatic simplification of indirect tax processes and procedures for businesses. Omar is a member of both ACCA UK and Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

NIRAV RAJPUT

Counsel
+971 54 430 1949

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.

Liam Purcell

Transfer Pricing Counsel

+971 58 5345687

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.

OUR TEAM

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 team 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.