Managing Director

Investigations & Asset Recovery

Yaser is a Managing Director and experienced adviser with expertise across forensic accounting and investigations and cross-border assignments. Yaser is also head of Quantuma Middle East and responsible for leading our business across the region from our office in Dubai.

Specialist expertise

Yaser is an outcome-oriented and results-driven professional, providing strategic advice to clients to help them overcome complex business challenges. He has expertise across forensic accounting and investigations, business intelligence, cross-border asset tracing and recovery, litigation consulting, and reputation audit and management. 

He covers most jurisdictions across the region, with a particular focus on the GCC, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Pakistan. He also conducts forensic investigations across the globe in Europe, North and South America and Asia for clients in those regions and globally, including premier international and regional law firms, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, multinationals, and regional business conglomerates, including government and family-owned enterprises.

Yaser manages internal investigations on behalf of clients and regulators, focusing on corporate fraud, financial manipulation, asset dissipation, gross embezzlement, conflicts of interest and corporate misconduct. In this capacity, Yaser has acted as an expert witness in numerous legal (civil and criminal) and regulatory proceedings dealing with the most sensitive and high-profile assignments in the region. He also specialises in the management of cross-border investigations and works closely with c-suite and legal counsel on “problem-solving” and intelligence-led investigations, including anti-counterfeit, anti-piracy, IP infringement and supply chain investigations. He has submitted evidence to senior executives, government agencies, regulators, and multilateral organizations. 

Yaser has executed complex transactional-led assignments for the identification and management of counter-party risks in connection to M&A and market-entry, and provides micro-level intelligence and analysis on reputational, political, and regulatory risks for clients that operate or intend to operate in high-risk jurisdictions and frontier markets. 

Yaser has also structured and implemented a wide variety of asset-tracing programs to facilitate enforcement of legal judgements and arbitration awards and the recovery of misappropriated assets. He has acted as an expert witness in asset-tracing matters in civil and criminal proceedings, and in international arbitration in the UK and UAE, dealing with issues related to asset tracing methodologies, recoverability rates and mutual legal assistance.

Recent examples of his assignments include supporting the provisional liquidation of a Cayman Islands-based fund on behalf of its shareholder, a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund. Yaser was also engaged by a financial institution to structure and execute a forensic investigation and asset tracing into a trade finance fraud scheme. He also provided advisory support to a major regional conglomerate in the Middle East that encountered objections from a foreign regulator to acquire a stake in a public company due to allegations of corruption and bribery. .

About Yaser

Yaser has over 20 years’ experience in the investigations and litigation consulting industry and has spent over 12 years in the UAE, covering most jurisdictions in the Middle East region. Prior to joining  Quantuma, Yaser worked with FTI Consulting in Dubai where he established the forensic accounting  business in the region and prior to FTI, he co-established the investigations business for Kroll. He began his career in 1999 with Adam Smith International, a London based firm that provides consultancy services to governments on matters related to institutional reforms and capacity building.

Being fluent in both English and Arabic, Yaser is directly involved in the execution of complex assignments focusing on forensic investigations, cross-border business intelligence, asset-tracing and recovery and reputation audit and management. In his spare time, Yaser enjoys cooking and embarking on European cultural and culinary expeditions, being both a trained chef (classical south European cuisine) and a professional pizzaiolo.

Memberships

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Qualifications

BA, George Mason University

MA, King’s College London

Advanced Training in Conflict Management, University of Maryland

Certified Fraud Examiner (2021) - (ACFE)