Business Strategy Advisory

At AKW Consultants, we are your gateway to business excellence, offering expert guidance in three essential areas. 

Business Strategy Advisory
Your Gateway To

Business Excellence

At AKW Consultants, we are your gateway to business excellence, offering expert guidance in three essential areas: Business Setup, Business Consulting, and HR Advisory. 
 
We simplify the complexities of establishing your presence in the UAE. Our seasoned consultants provide comprehensive support, ensuring compliance with all legal requirements and regulations. Whether you’re a startup, expanding your operations, or considering liquidation, AKW Consultants is your trusted partner. 
 
Business Consulting is our forte. We work with you to chart the path to success, offering services that span business planning, corporate restructuring, feasibility studies, and valuation. Regardless of your industry or goals, we have the experience and knowledge to guide you. 
 
Navigating HR in the UAE requires precision, and our HR Advisory services ensure your HR processes are legally compliant and operationally efficient. We bring in-depth knowledge of UAE labour laws, HR policies and documentation, and tailored learning and development programs to empower your workforce. 

Company Formation In UAE

We offer end-to-end setup services and expert assistance in securing local sponsorship/agent services for a seamless and successful establishment of your business in the dynamic UAE market.

Free Zone & Offshore Advisory

We provide strategic guidance and expert insights on leveraging the advantages of free zones and offshore structures for a tailored and efficient international business setup.

Business Setup

Business Setup

Company Formation In UAE

We offer end-to-end setup services and expert assistance in securing local sponsorship/agent services for a seamless and successful establishment of your business in the dynamic UAE market.

Free Zone & Offshore Advisory

We provide strategic guidance and expert insights on leveraging the advantages of free zones and offshore structures for a tailored and efficient international business setup.

Business Consulting

Business Plan

We offer a comprehensive roadmap with expert guidance in developing strategic plans, financial forecasts, and operational frameworks to empower your business with a clear vision and purpose.

Corporate Restructuring

Our corporate restructuring services encompass mergers and acquisitions, divisional spin-offs, digital transformation, debt restructuring, and cultural transformation for a comprehensive and strategic approach to reshaping and enhancing your business.

Feasibility & Valuation

With our in-depth market research and insights, meticulous feasibility studies, precise financial modelling, and thorough risk assessment, you empower your strategic planning with data-driven precision.

UAE Labour Law

Navigate HR compliance seamlessly with our UAE Labour Law services providing expert guidance on compliance matters and strategic support for Emiratisation initiatives.

HR Policies & Contracts

Full support in the development and implementation of robust HR policies and contracts, covering talent acquisition and talent management strategies for a resilient and high-performing organisational culture.

Learning & Development

We offer expertly crafted induction and orientation structures, engaging soft skills development sessions, and comprehensive training programs to nurture the professional development of your team.

HR Advisory

HR Implementation

UAE Labour Law

Navigate HR compliance seamlessly with our UAE Labour Law services providing expert guidance on compliance matters and strategic support for Emiratisation initiatives.

HR Policies & Contracts

Full support in the development and implementation of robust HR policies and contracts, covering talent acquisition and talent management strategies for a resilient and high-performing organisational culture.

Learning & Development

We offer expertly crafted induction and orientation structures, engaging soft skills development sessions, and comprehensive training programs to nurture the professional development of your team.

Industries

Real Estate
Precious
Metals
Trading
FMCG
Aviation
Investment
& Holding
Oil & Gas
Healthcare
Construction
Banking
Financial
Exchange
Food &
Beverage

Our Experts

Faisal Ahmed
Faisal Ahmed

CEO & Managing Partner

Faisal Ahmed serves as the Managing Partner & CEO of AKW Consultants, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation. With over 23 years of global experience in financial crime compliance, anti-money laundering, tax advisory, and auditing, Faisal is a distinguished …

Faisal Ahmed

CEO & Managing Partner

Faisal Ahmed serves as the Managing Partner & CEO of AKW Consultants, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation. With over 23 years of global experience in financial crime compliance, anti-money laundering, tax advisory, and auditing, Faisal is a distinguished chartered accountant.  
  
Faisal’s professional journey began with a strong foundation, spending over six years at KPMG before further honing his skills during an eight-year tenure at PwC in London. His dedication to excellence and his commitment to the industry led him to gain three years of invaluable experience with HSBC, where he held the prestigious position of Director and Global Head for Client Due Diligence for AML Compliance in both the Middle East and London offices.  
  
Since early 2016, Faisal has been a driving force in the consulting world. He later established his sole proprietorship entities, AKW Tax Reclaim Accounting and Consultancy and AKW Consultants, in January and February 2018, respectively. Faisal has successfully overseen numerous turnkey AML compliance remediation projects, benefiting a wide range of institutions, including banks, finance companies, money exchanges, and DNFBPs.  
  
Faisal is not only a seasoned practitioner but also a recognized subject matter expert in AML compliance. His expertise extends beyond the corporate realm, as he holds accreditation as a compliance and banking trainer at the prestigious London Institute of Banking and Finance. His remarkable contributions have been acknowledged with awards, including the “KYC Guru” award in 2020 and the “Best Compliance Team” award in 2021. The latter recognised his pivotal role in establishing the AML Compliance Framework for the first UAE cryptocurrency trading company in DMCC, Dubai.  

Manali Chopra
Manali Chopra

Director

Manali, a highly accomplished Chartered Accountant with 13+ years of experience, currently serves as the Director of Tax Accounts and Compliance. She excels in tax strategy, compliance, and optimisation, overseeing VAT, Corporate Income Tax, and more. She’s also …

Manali Chopra

Director

Manali, a highly accomplished Chartered Accountant with 13+ years of experience, currently serves as the Director of Tax Accounts and Compliance. She excels in tax strategy, compliance, and optimisation, overseeing VAT, Corporate Income Tax, and more. She’s also actively involved in DNFBP sector compliance in the UAE. Manali was a prominent speaker at prestigious UAE corporate tax events and is now a Board Member of the Dubai Business Group for Accountants under the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.  

Michael Wharton
Michael Wharton

Director

Michael is the Director of Business Development and Growth at AKW Consultants and a seasoned professional with a remarkable career that spans diverse industries. Since the inception of the company, he has played a pivotal role in driving AKW Consultants’ …

Michael Wharton

Director

Michael is the Director of Business Development and Growth at AKW Consultants and a seasoned professional with a remarkable career that spans diverse industries. Since the inception of the company, he has played a pivotal role in driving AKW Consultants’ success and fostering its growth in the United Arab Emirates and across GCC countries.

He has co-founded several successful startups including a tech startup, where he applied his analytical prowess to solve complex business problems, and an educational consultancy catering to the needs of students seeking quality global education.

In addition to his work at AKW, Michael has contributed to scientific research as an Associate Researcher at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and published several papers.

Michael has studied at top universities such as Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Cornell University.

Raza Takarim
Raza Takrim

Senior Manager

A seasoned ACAMS certified compliance specialist with 7+ years’ experience, focusing on AML Compliance, Risk, and Governance. He spearheaded our DNFBP Compliance practice in 2021, leading numerous AML compliance projects in Real Estate and Precious Metals. Raza also advises …

Raza Takarim

Senior Manager

A seasoned ACAMS certified compliance specialist with 7+ years’ experience, focusing on AML Compliance, Risk, and Governance. He spearheaded our DNFBP Compliance practice in 2021, leading numerous AML compliance projects in Real Estate and Precious Metals. Raza also advises on operational viability, company structuring, and business incorporation.

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