Consulting firm Accuracy opens office in India

20 January 2012

Accuracy, a specialist in the area of financial advisory and transaction services, has opened a new office in New Delhi, India. It is Accuracy’s first office in Asia. Accuracy India is led by Sumit Khosla, who made the transfer from Mazars, where he was Head of the Indian Corporate Finance practice.

Accuracy was founded in 2004 by a group of old employees from Arthur Andersen in France. Over the past eight years it has grown strongly to circa 210 consultants, divided over establishments in 4Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, Frankfurt, Brussels, London, Munich, Rome, Quebec, Montreal and New Delhi. Its Dutch office was opened in 2007 and is currently being led by Leontine Koens-Betz.


Managing Partner of the Indian office is Sumit Khosla, who for the past four years headed the Corporate Finance practice of Mazars India. Prior to that he worked for more than ten years for PPR Group, a French multinational that owns dozens of luxury, sport & lifestyle and retail brands. Khosla started his career in 1993 with PricewaterhouseCoopers Paris as a financial auditor, before moving to PwC London as a Manager within the Transaction Services department.

During the opening, Khosla unveiled ambitious growth plans of the New Delhi office. Within a few months he wants to have 10 consultants in service and by the end of 2012 the team should have grown to twenty advisors.


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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”