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Global consultant Roland Berger boosts Mideast team

Roland Berger, a leading global consulting firm, has announced the appointment of a new partner to strengthen its Middle East team.

The new partner, Richard Paton, is joining Roland Berger in Abu Dhabi with a mandate to enhance the firm's infrastructure, public sector and defence practice across the Middle East, said the company in a statement.

Paton has over 20 years' experience, eight years having been spent in the region and the last five years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He joins Roland Berger from an international business consultancy, where he was head of infrastructure advisory services for the Middle East and South Asia, as well as head of PPP and public-sector strategy in Saudi Arabia, advising governments across the region on complex PPP financing structures, said the statement.

Kushal Shah, the managing partner for the Middle East at Roland Berger, said: "Our Middle East practice is going from strength to strength, and we are delighted to be growing our team further by onboarding Paton as partner."

"Having previously been involved in the largest PPP transactions across the Middle East – including three airports, nuclear and renewable financing projects, school and hospital PPPs – he brings a wealth of experience as well as an innovative commercial approach, balancing government risk with private sector funding," stated Shah.

On his new role, Paton said: "I am delighted to be joining Roland Berger. Their mix of entrepreneurship, innovation and depth of expertise provides an excellent platform from which to deliver exceptional advice to our clients."

When not in a consulting role, Paton has worked for the UK government as an economist briefing ministers on energy policy and macroeconomics before becoming the Head of Regulatory Review for the Office of Fair Trading, leading economic investigations of mergers and acquisitions and their impacts on market structure, competitiveness and consumers, said the company statement.

In addition, he had the opportunity to work for and advise foreign government ministers, including those of Singapore and Saudi Arabia, it added.-TradeArabia News Service




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