PwC buys HLP to expand construction dispute business in the Middle East

UK-headquartered consultant PwC has acquired HLP Consulting Limited (HLP), effective from 1 May 2016.

HLP specialise in the provision of claims preparation and analysis, dispute resolution, expert witness, contract management and commercial management services to the construction industry and energy sector.

The firm is active in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.

PwC said the acquisition would bolster its capabilities in the region for construction disputes and claims.

"With falling oil prices, we are likely to see an increase in construction-related disputes and with this acquisition we seek to better serve and equip our clients," said John Wilkinson, PwC Deals Leader Middle East Region and Senior Partner Forensic Services.

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