Grant Thornton has welcomed Haroon Ahmed to its partnership in the United Arab Emirates. He leads the firm’s Financial Restructuring and Insolvency practice.
Haroon Ahmed brings over 14 years of experience to the accounting and consulting firm, and joins from Kroll, where he was an Associate Managing Director in its Dubai office.
A well-travelled professional, Ahmed has worked in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States, serving Big Four major KPMG for over a decade and investment bank Merrill Lynch in its New York headquarters.
During his career, Ahmed has acted as a specialist advisor, delivering restructuring solutions directly at board level and to executive management and other high-profile stakeholders, including lenders across real estate, retail, oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing, recruitment and healthcare sectors.
He specialises in a range of financial advisory offerings, in particular mergers & acquisitions, turnaround, refinancing, cash management, independent business reviews and insolvency.
His work has seen him bag a number of recognitions, including being named in Global Restructuring Review’s ‘40 Under 40’ listing, which highlights the next generation of accomplished cross-border restructuring and insolvency specialists.
“We are delighted Haroon has joined the team, to meet the growing demand for our restructuring and insolvency advisory services,” said Hisham Farouk, CEO of Grant Thornton in the UAE.
Already among the region’s leading players in the bustling financial restructuring and insolvency scene, Grant Thornton however aims to step up its game and become one of the “go-to restructuring advisory firms in the region” added Farouk. “I am confident Haroon’s experience and expertise will enable us to realise our ambition.”
Commenting on his new role, Ahmed said, “Grant Thornton growth aspirations are fully aligned with mine, and given the current nature of the economy, I am excited to come on board and expand the restructuring advisory portfolio further.”
“An increasingly challenging business landscape means that restructuring will be at the top of many boardroom agendas. We are committed to further expanding our current team and are actively recruiting for a number of new roles in anticipation of increased activity in the field.”