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Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) Integrates Middle East and Africa Practice With the Arrival of FRA Seasoned Partner

FRA Partner Simon Taylor moves to Dubai to head up FRA Middle East office, consolidating the firm’s one-firm collaborative ethos in the MEA region.

November 1, 2023

31 October 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA), an international investigations consultancy specialising in complex investigations, compliance and disputes, is excited to announce the arrival of long-serving FRA Partner, Simon Taylor, to the firm’s MEA office in DIFC, Dubai.  

Simon, newly appointed Head of MEA, brings invaluable experience and insight from over 20 years in white collar investigations, financial crime and regulatory enquiries that we are pleased to be able to offer to our clients within the region. Simon has worked on many matters involving the major global prosecutors and regulators including the SFO, DOJ, PNF and AFA across a range of FRA’s numerous high profile cases including the landmark Airbus settlement.

Simon’s expertise in internal investigations, as well as compliance, corporate governance, and complex compliance related risk assessments will reinforce the firm’s expected client service excellence to our existing engagements in the MEA region as well as new opportunities, via the firm’s one-firm, integrated culture.

Simon, who has been working closely with our MEA office since its launch in January 2022 will now lead our existing Dubai team which includes, Director Amina Khoungui, Associate Director Temi Labor, Manager Abhishek Nandan and Associate Christophe Sebaaly as well as secondees from the FRA London office Senior Associate, Shivam Patel and Associate, Sam Ouerfelli who join the team from 1 December. The team are also being supported by FRA European Partners Trevor Wiles, London and Yousr Khalil, Paris who have both practised extensively in Middle East region on high-profile matters.  

FRA Dubai is a key office for the firm. Simon’s leadership, experience, and knowledge of the Middle East market, will give our clients valuable insight when navigating regulatory proceedings. His appointment also allows us to continue to build a strong and local footprint in a region.

Simon Taylor, Partner at Forensic Risk Alliance, said of his move and new appointment:

“Since the launch of the Dubai office in January 2022, the team in the region have done a fantastic job of getting FRA’s name out further in the market. I am excited to continue the work that has been started and expand our client base. My first focus will be on continuing to deliver client service excellence for our clients in the region as well as driving growth within the market. We are at a pivotal moment for our recently established office, and I look forward to shaping the future direction of the company in the MEA region.”

Simon is a dual qualified lawyer (solicitor and barrister) and was previously head of Weil Gotshal & Manges London White Collar practice.

About FRA

Forensic Risk Alliance [FRA], is a forensic accounting, eDiscovery and compliance consultancy firm, specialising in international corruption, sanctions, AML and all types of financial and accounting fraud investigations for major global corporations and law firms. For almost 25 years, FRA has offered extensive multi-jurisdictional data privacy, transfer, and protection expertise in order to help clients achieve their objectives with compliance, litigation and investigations. With over 200 investigation specialists, FRA is headquartered in London and Washington DC, with 10 additional offices across EMEA and the US. FRA has extensive cross-sector and cross-border experience and scalability anywhere in the world with globally integrated teams across both developed economies and emerging markets, having worked in more than 100 countries with the capability to speak over 30 languages.


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