An ace entrepreneur, with an acute sense of business acumen and foresight, James brings to the table his profound understanding of the intricacies of the market, further strengthened by his collaborative leadership style. One of the most recognized financial practitioners in the audit, accounting & advisory space in the UAE James is known for sustaining excellent client relationships, upholding values, ethics and integrity in business, and exhibiting a strong adversity quotient. His extensive knowledge about international auditing and accounting standards & professional regulations has been instrumental in driving organizations towards strategic growth. Under his leadership, the team has played a pivotal part in setting up more than 3000 local as well as international companies in the UAE – across the seven emirates.
During his tenure of 25+ years with a Top 10 global accounting network, James had built an impressive career graph where he progressed from being a Senior Partner of the independent member firm to being appointed as Group CEO for UAE & Oman operations and eventually becoming the first person from the Middle East region to be elected to the Board of a global top 10 accounting network from 2018 -2019. In 2019, James along with 6 Partners and a team of over 100 professionals joined forces with UK based accounting network UHY International. James has built immense credibility within the industry, in a career spanning almost three decades and has played key roles at various professional organizations and international forums.
Served as the Global Board member of a top 10 accounting network headquartered in New York (2018-2019)
Currently serves as Audit Committee Chairman of a leading healthcare Group having presence in GCC & India
Recognized among World’s Greatest Leaders by Asia One & URS Media in (2016-17)
Served as the Secretary General and Board Member of Indian Business & Professional Council(IBPC) for three years during the year (2015-18)
Elected Chairman of Dubai Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the term (2012-13)
Served on the Board of Dubai Quality Group (2004 – 2008)
Served on the Board of Assessors of Mohammad Bin Rashid Business Awards for 5 consecutive years
Senior Partner - Internal Audit & Risk Consulting
With more than 30 years of extensive experience in internal auditing, governance, risk management and control processes, Adil has been instrumental in driving organizational growth by leveraging these competencies. Adil’s robust industry expertise gained during his stint with one of the world’s top-notch airlines, adds value & insight to the workings of complex organisations. Armed with professional & technical knowhow, he has strengthened his position as a subject matter expert, an accomplished trainer & international speaker on topics ranging from internal audit, risk management to motivational subjects.
Member of the General Guidance Knowledge Group of the IIA, USA, and Executive Committee member of the UAE Internal Auditors Association
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Former member on the Committee of Research & Education Advisors, USA
Former Vice-Chairman of the Internal Auditing Standards Board of the IIA, USA
The only review team member outside of North America and Europe for the re-write of Lawrence Sawyer’s Guide to Internal Auditing
Founder member of the IIA Dubai Chapter and President of the Dubai Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) during 1998-99. Since 1997, Adil has been actively involved in committees of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), both at national and international levels.
Senior Partner - Business Consulting, Advisory
A seasoned finance professional, Unnikrishnan, has been an audit & advisory partner with the firm for almost a decade. He has gained significant experience in India and the UAE during his stint with prominent business groups. Unnikrishnan`s expertise lies in his intrinsic understanding of the financial implications within the manufacturing sector. Backed by diverse experience of more tha 30+ years, his contribution is pivotal in driving major financing and restructuring deals, ERP implementations and more for the firm.
Proactive Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India – Dubai Chapter
Platinum Member, Information System and Control Association, U.S.A – Dubai Chapter
An active Member of the Indian Business & Professional Council, Dubai
An active Member of the British Business Group, Dubai
Held key positions like Ex- Board Member, Finance Director at Dubai Quality Group and currently is the Secretary General
An active participant and Corporate Member of the BNI Rising Phoenix Chapter, Dubai
Partner – Audit & Assurance
Tushar Jesrani has over 16 years of experience. He is a seasoned audit professional and an Audit & Assurance Partner with UHY James. Tushar has a profound insight into the audit & assurance side of businesses. His exposure to Group companies holding diverse business interests across Real Estate, Hospitality, F&B Operations and publicly listed companies has played a pivotal part in shaping his understanding of the intricacies of a business. Tushar’s expertise within the finance function ranges from restructuring of borrowings, overseeing the investment portfolio of Group companies, effectively complying with stock exchange reporting, overseeing controls, policies, and procedures to facilitate stronger financial governance and compliance.
Tushar is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has been recognized as an accredited IFRS Trainer while working with Big 4 audit firms. A versatile finance professional matching pace with the changing times, Tushar brings forth key insight in leveraging robotics for audit related purposes. With more than a decade of UAE & GCC specific experience with leading players in the region, Tushar has proven expertise in evaluating the financial landscape of a business and implementing processes that streamline the finance function of a business towards growth.
Specialized areas of work
Audit & assurance
International Financial Reporting Standards
Stock Exchange Reporting
Partner - Advisory Services
Priyesh Kapadia is a seasoned finance professional wielding 24+ years of experience in the realm of audit, advisory and consulting in India, UAE and abroad. Backed by more than two decades of post qualification experience he has built credible experience in handholding clients with setting up business entities in the UAE as well as abroad. Priyesh spent almost 17 years in the UAE with a member firm of a Top 10 accounting network and has led as Partner of Valuations & Corporate Finance for an India based member firm of a Top 10 accounting network in his previous roles.
Priyesh has contributed in diverse capacities to multicultural environments through his credentials as a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, IBBI Registered Valuer, Certified Corporate Director, Active Angel Investor and Business Advisor. His robust technical insights in the space of business valuation, financial due diligence, corporate finance, and financial feasibility studies are built based on exposure to diverse businesses including Manufacturing facilities, FMCG, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Professional Services. Priyesh also wields expertise in implementing financial, operational controls and MIS reports for clients, and proactively identifying problems. His adept leadership skills are effective in guiding our in-house team and client’s staff through complex assignments and special projects.
Result driven and backed by significant professional experience, Priyesh has fulfilled responsibilities as International Tax Coordinator and International Liaison Partner and steered global coordination within a Top 10 network.
Specialized Areas of work:
Financial due diligence
Intangible assets valuation
Financial feasibility studies
Purchase price allocation
Corporate advisory services
Associate Partner – Taxation
Amit Mehta is an experienced tax Advisor and has worked with leading Corporates having exposure to a wide variety of clients from diverse sectors.
He is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Amit has also completed his Graduation - B.com (Hons.) from Delhi university, Delhi, India.
Amit has vast experience in corporate tax, cross border taxation, VAT, In Country Value certification and other financial engagements in various industries i.e. manufacturing, trading, real estate, hospitality, education, service and apparels & lifestyle.
He has over 13 years of varied professional experience across tax, finance and accounts domain under cost analysis, revenue audit, stock audit, bank audit, tax planning & assessment, accounting, and budgeting & projections.
Amit takes an active role on the firms technical advisory front and has attended various seminars and training like Diploma in IFRS to gain hands on knowledge on International Financial Reporting Standards.
He wields effective leadership skills and has solid insight into areas of strategic planning, operations management, client management and team leadership.
Amit is an excellent communicator with very strong liaison skills.