KPMG wins Best Audit Services Firm at Annual MENA Fund Manager Fund Services Awards for third time

KPMG continued its exceptional track record at the prestigious MENA Fund Manager Fund Services Awards 2015 in Dubai yesterday which paid tribute to the service providers who have shaped the MENA fund industry.


The annual event, held this year at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC, was hosted by TV presenter and radio broadcaster Tom Urquhart. The awards drew a record number of entries as more than 40 companies battled across 19 categories. 


Facing stiff competition from the other Big Four professional services firms, KPMG took top honours in the Best Audit Services. This was the third year running KPMG has walked away with the prize following success in 2014 and 2013.


Luke Ellyard, Financial Services Partner and Head of Investment Management for KPMG Lower Gulf said: “We are delighted to receive this award on behalf of our audit practices in the MENA region. We have invested both globally and across the region to build innovative tools to support our audit services in the Investment Management sector and it is pleasing that the judges recognised this in their decision”.


Austin Rudman, Head of Financial Services for KPMG Lower Gulf commented on the win and said “We are naturally very pleased with the award for Best Audit Services for the third year in a row. This award is a testimony of focus and passion that KPMG places on providing high quality advice, coupled with a deep understanding of the matters that affect the Fund Management industry at a regional and global level. It highlights our ability to deliver complex recommendations to clients in a practical manner”.


The companies shortlisted for the awards were announced in early December and the judging panel comprised representatives from MENA Fund Manager, leading institutional and private investors and industry experts. Each member of the judging panel had an equal vote in choosing the winners in each category and the judging decisions were based on performance as well as qualitative and structural criteria.