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PwC buys Middle East construction dispute specialist

5 May 16 PwC Middle East has bought HLP Consulting Limited as part of a continued investment in the region.

HLP specialises in providing the construction industry and energy sector with claims preparation and analysis, dispute resolution, expert witness, contract management and commercial management services. The Middle East-based consultancy business is active across the whole region including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as other international locations.

HLP directors Mike Harding, Simon Lowe, Alastair Gray, Shaun Crawley and their team have joined PwC Middle East.

John Wilkinson, PwC deals leader Middle East Region and senior partner forensic services said: “This combination expands PwC’s Middle East capabilities to provide specialist services, in relation to construction disputes and claims. It also helps build on our significant forensic capabilities in the region. With falling oil prices, we are likely to see an increase in construction-related disputes and with this acquisition we seek to better serve and equip our clients.”

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Chris Scudamore, PwC Capital Projects services leader Middle East Region said: “An increasing number of our clients are looking to work with firms able to provide services across the whole capital project lifecycle, from strategy to execution. The combination of skillsets of the existing PwC Capital Projects team and the HLP team, across all major markets in the Middle East region, will help create a differentiated, end to end offering for our clients.”

Mike Harding, principal director of HLP Consulting addedL “Joining PwC is strategically the right choice. We wanted to join a firm with an established growth track record and with aspirations and values that matched our own. HLP as a business has grown significantly over the past few years and now is the right time to join PwC to access the wider PwC international network and investment that will enable us to develop the business further.”

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