Sasha Abboud is a Senior Associate in FRA’s Dubai office. She joined FRA in 2023 with experience in investigations, fraud-risk assessment reviews, financial services regulatory advisory, US-FCPA compliance reviews, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) reviews, ethics hotline service and transaction advisory services.

Prior to joining FRA, Sasha spent over 4 years' in Forensics with the KPMG Lower Gulf practice. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with Distinction from the American University of Beirut. Sasha is fluent in English, French and Arabic. 

Sasha’s representative expertise includes:

  • Participating in multiple legal investigations for one of the largest US based pharmaceutical companies to identify any misconduct, non-compliance, bribery, or corruption through the review of distribution agreements, local and international company policies, and relevant sales data, and through multiple interviews with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Conducting a maturity assessment to identify areas of improvement across the prevention, detection and response mechanisms, and subsequently established a Fraud and Corruption/Ethics/Integrity Framework for a major government authority in the UAE. This enables organizations to effectively manage fraud risk in the applicable manner relating to organizational size and complexity.
  • Conducting a fraud risk assessment, on behalf of an Investment Bank and a major independent government authority to identify and remediate gaps in line with prevalent best practices.
  • Participating in the review of the effectiveness of the internal controls and anti-bribery and corruption compliance program, policies and procedures for one of the largest France based pharmaceutical companies and a US Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company’s business operations across the Gulf region. 
  • Participating in a project for a high-status company in the UAE where KPMG assisted the said company in recovering an outstanding receivable amount of approximately AED 200 million.
  • Participating in a dispute of a leading system integrator and an ICT solution provider in the UAE.
  • Managing the whistleblowing hotline services team in KPMG for almost ten clients in the region.
  • Working across key regulatory areas, of which new laws and regulatory frameworks, financial crime compliance, including both Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions compliance.

Authority experience

US Department of Justice (DOJ)
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)
Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE)
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)
Ministry of Finance - UAE

Awards & Recognition


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)



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