HLB and SFAI add member firms in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan

03 February 2021 Consultancy.asia 2 min. read

International accounting and consulting networks HLB and SFAI have in the past months added new member firms in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to their global footprint. 

In Kazakhstan, a country of 18 million people, HLB added Scope Kazakhstan to its network, its second in the Central Asian country and former Soviet republic. Rebranded as HLB Scope Kazakhstan, the firm specialises in accounting, advisory, financial consulting and legal services, providing its services from offices in capital city Nur-Sultan and Almaty.

Commenting on the affiliation, HLB Scope Kazakhstan’s Managing Partner Saltanat Tazhibaeva said: “I am proud to be joining HLB. Being part of this award-winning and dynamic organisation is important for us as we continue to deliver quality services. We are very excited about the opportunities this collaboration affords our clients.”

HLB and SFAI add member firms in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan

HLB also welcomed a new member firm in Tajikistan, a fellow Central Asian country (in between Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) with a population of 9 million. The consulting firm – established in 2012 and previously part of BDO Tajikistan – is one of the country’s leading professional services firms with expertise in accounting, tax, legal, human resources, accounting software implementation and other services. 

The client base of Dushanbe-based HLB Tajikistan spans a variety of industries including financial services, energy and natural resources, public sector, agriculture, telecommunications, retail, transport and industrial production. 

Commenting on switching networks from BDO to HLB, HLB Tajikistan Managing Partner Kamol Rahmiov said: “When we saw the level of quality assurance that is undertaken to appoint firms, we realised that our decision to align ourselves was the right one for the direction of our firm. We are confident that this will help us bring the services we offer to a new advanced level.”

Marco Donzelli, the CEO of HLB, said that the firm is pleased it has managed to expand and deepen its geographic coverage in Central Asia. 

Meanwhile, fellow global network SFAI entered Tajikistan’s market with the addition of International Consulting Group. The local player is led by Dilshod Davlatov, and further consists of several specialists with on average ten years of experience in the areas of finance, tax, legal, human resources, and business consulting.