Ashok is the Head of Tax for KPMG's Lower Gulf Tax Practice. He is an experienced tax and professional services partner bringing in over 30 years of international tax experience to KPMG's people and clients in the region. He has previously served as KPMG's Regional Head of Tax and Regional Quality and Liaison Partner for the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) region. He helped KPMG set up an international tax practice in Dubai in 2003 which assists local and regional companies structure and manage their outbound investments. Ashok advises multinational, regional and local clients on tax and business regulations in the region and assists in structuring their inbound investments. He also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions including greenfield projects and assists them in conducting tax due diligence. He has helped a number of companies successfully deal with tax audits including transfer pricing audits performed by tax authorities. He is known for his tax dispute resolution skills. His clients are predominantly in the sectors of oil and gas, power, infrastructure and banking and finance. Ashok also works closely with the Secretariat General for Tax in Oman and has led assignments for them to reform their tax laws. He is currently involved in assisting them in designing and implementing a Value Added Tax system.