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Dhiren Kothary

Position : Founder & Mentor

Qualification :Dhiren Kothary is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Mumbai University

Experience : Dhiren Kothary founder of D Kothary & Co commenced its business in 1989 and has been a Senior Partner of the firm till 2009 and currently a Mentor.

He is a visionary leader and guiding force with varied experience of over 3 decades in the field of Accounting, Audit, Tax, & Project Consultancy.

An acumen for Corporate Finance, Capital Market & Deal Structuring.

Acknowledged for his contribution to Commentary on Income Tax written by Late Shri. D. M. Harish of M/s. D. M. Harish & Co., leading Tax Advisors of India.

He has significant experience on investment banking, debt syndication and M&A deals.

He has extensively worked with medium to large enterprises in advising them to scale up their growth path and unlock values through private equity investments and/or participating in initial public offerings.

Mehul Patel

Position : Lead Partner : Assurance & Transaction Advisory

Qualification :Mehul is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Mumbai University.

Experience : Mehul has been with D. Kothary & Co. since more than 15 years and has moved up in responsibility as a Partner.

He has significant experience in conducting audits of clients across various sectors such as IT, Software development, Solar Power generating, textile manufacturing, etc.

He heads the Statutory Audit, Due-Diligence, Internal Audit and Accounting practice of the firm since more than 12 years.

He has expertise in carrying out special audits, forensic audits and transaction due-diligence from vendor and investor side as well.

Deepak Narsaria

Position : Partner - Statutory Assurance

Qualification :Deepak is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from P. D. Lions College, Mumbai. Deepak has also completed certificate course on IND AS conducted by ICAI and also successfully completed the certificate course on Forensic Audit conducted by ICAI.

Experience : Deepak has been with D. Kothary & Co. since more than ten years. Prior to this, Deepak has over five years of work experience with renowned chartered accountant firm.

He has significant experience in conducting limited reviews, Statutory Audit under IGAAP and IND AS, Tax audit, mergers and acquisitions and other assurance services of various listed and unlisted entities engaged in the business of Fertilizers, Chemicals, Polymers, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals, Capital goods, Edible Oil, Software Development and consultancy, Textiles, Paper and allied products, Insurance etc. 

He has significant experience in conducting due diligence of various companies engaged in the business of Jewellery and Gold , Software Development, Chemicals manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals etc.

Nikhilesh Patni

Position : Partner - Assurance & Transaction Advisory

Qualification :Nikhilesh is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Somaiya College, Mumbai. Nikhilesh has also completed Information Systems Audit (DISA), completed certificate course on IND AS conducted by ICAI, completed certificate course on bank concurrent audit conducted by ICAI and successfully completed workshop on Forensic Audit.

Experience : Nikhilesh has been with D. Kothary & Co. since more than seven years. Prior to this, Nikhilesh has over two years experience with consultancy firm where he had conducted statutory audit, revenue audit and concurrent audit of various branches of PSU Banks.

He has significant experience in conducting Statutory Audit, Tax audit, investor due diligence, vendor due diligence, supervision of accounts and carry retainership work of various clients to check timely compliances and verify MIS.

He has significant experience in conducting vendor due diligence of various companies engaged in the business of Pigment Manufacturing, Software Development, Solar Power generating, etc. and forensic audit (by management) of various companies engaged in the business of steel manufacturing, textile manufacturing, Polymer industry, etc.

Prakash Mehta

Position : Partner - Internal Audit & Process Assurance

Qualification :Prakash is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Mithibai College, Mumbai. Prakash has also completed his CISA (USA) in 2006 and DISA in 2011.

Experience : Prakash heads the Internal and Process Assurance department at D. Kothary & Co. and enhances the firm practice in Internal Audit, Process Assurance.

He has been with D. Kothary & Co. since 2018. Prior to this, Prakash has over ten years of work experience with international consulting firm with overall experience of more than 15 years.

He was engaged in execution of Business Process review, Internal Audit, IT General Control review, Application control review, Data migration, Data analytics, ISAE 3402, SoX testing during his stint with international consulting firm.

He has experience in stock-broker system audit, compliance of stock-brokers and depository participants, internal audit / concurrent audit of stock-brokers and depository participants, concurrent audits of Banks, Pharma client, ITeS client, ARCs, manufacturing client.

Mukesh Jha

Position : Partner - Indirect Tax and Litigations

Qualification :Mukesh Jha is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from Mumbai. He has Completed the Certificate Course on Indirect Tax conducted by ICAI.

Experience : Mukesh Jha has been with D. Kothary & Co. since 2006 and completed more than sixteen years in Indirect Taxes and Allied Laws matters. Prior to that having more than five years experience with consultancy firm where he had conducted all type of assignment related to audit and return filing.

He has significant experience in the areas of Goods & Service Tax such as transitional provisions, registration, regular compliances, refunds, annual filings, GST audits, representing before the GST tax authorities and appeals, etc.

He has also advised various clients on E-way Bills, E-invoices, structuring from GST perspective, application before the authority of advance ruling, given opinion on the taxability of GST and admissibility of ITC, etc. He had also experienced in the field of profession tax for advising client in relation to compliances and also handled the departmental notices in relation to  Profession Tax.

Jayesh Thakkar

Position : Partner - Indirect Tax and Litigations

Qualification :Jayesh is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from Somaiya College, Mumbai. Jayesh has completed Information System Audit (DISA), Certificate Course on Indirect Tax conducted by ICAI and also successfully completed the certificate course on Forensic Audit conducted by ICAI.

Experience : Jayesh has overall experience of more than 14 years. Jayesh has has advised several multinational and domestic clients on Indirect Taxes and Allied Laws matters. Has significant experience in advising service sector clients across the industries including indirect tax implications and giving opinion on cross border transactions, handling departmental Audits, Assessments, Investigations and Litigations & Refund matters, handling Indirect Tax adjudication matters, representing clients before the Commissioners and CESTAT Level.

He has contributed his views and commentary on Indirect Tax Proposals in Budget Book on Finance Bill 2022 released by J B Nagar CPE Study Circle of WIRC of ICAI and he has also been a speaker and group leader in activities at various Circles and Branches of WIRC of ICAI.

He is associated with J B Nagar CPE Study Circle of WIRC of ICAI, as Convenor and a member of the “Committee on Public & Government Financial Management” of WIRC of ICAI for the year 2022-23.

Nainesh Rathod

Position : Partner - Indirect Tax

Qualification :Nainesh is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Mumbai. He has completed the course on GST conducted by MSME-Technology Development Centre.

Experience : Nainesh has been with D. Kothary & Co. since more than sixteen years which includes the six years of pre-qualification experience. Over the tenure of sixteen years, Nainesh Rathod has conducted various Statutory audits, Tax audits, Internal audits, MVAT audits, Goods & Service Tax audit, appearing before the tax authorities, conducted seminar for awareness of GST law before the implementation of GST law, etc.

He has significant experience in the areas of Goods & Service Tax such as registration, regular compliances, refunds, annual filings, GST audits, representing before the GST tax authorities and appeals, etc.

He has also advised various clients in relation to opinion on the taxability and admissibility of ITC under GST, due-diligence from GST perspective, structuring from GST perspective, application before the authority of advance ruling, E-way Bills, E-invoices, etc. He had also experienced in the field of profession tax in Maharashtra state for advising client in relation to compliances and also handled the departmental notices in relation to Profession Tax.

Rahul Shah

Position : Partner - Compliance & Litigation

Qualification :Rahul is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Mumbai University.

Experience : Rahul joined the firm as a qualified Chartered Accountant and was later inducted as a Partner.

He has overall experience of 14 years in field of Income Tax matters.

Expertise in Income-tax compliance, representing before Income-tax Authorities and Tribunal.

He has been handling assessments and appeals for various clients since several years.

Experience in handling survey, search, investigation matters including assessment and appeals thereof. He has assisted residents, NRIs , foreign companies in obtaining Nil / Lower withholding tax certificates from Income Tax Authorities.

Kartik Badiani

Position : Partner - Tax and Regulatory Advisory

Qualification :Kartik is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Mithibai College, Mumbai. Kartik has also completed his LLB from Mumbai University.

Experience : Kartik has overall experience of more than 15 years in Tax & Regulatory Advisory. He has joined D. Kothary & Co. in 2012. Prior to this, Kartik has over three years of work experience with international consulting firm. He has advised several multinational and domestic clients on Indian and international tax and foreign exchange issues.

He has significant experience in advising clients in areas of corporate tax & international tax, inbound investment structuring, establishment of joint ventures, business reorganizations, tax due diligence, tax appeals / litigation and exchange control regulations.

He has also advised various Private Equity players in setting up their funds and structuring the transactions / investments contemplated by these funds in India from a tax and regulatory perspective.

He has contributed chapters and articles in various books and journals and has been a speaker and group leader at various forums like BCAS, CTC, WIRC, SIRC.

Paras Doshi

Position : Partner - Tax and Regulatory

Qualification :Paras is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate

Experience : Paras has been with D. Kothary & Co. since more than three years. Prior to this, Paras has over 12 years of work experience with international consulting firm and has advised several multinational and domestic clients on Indian and international tax and foreign exchange issues.

He has significant experience in advising clients on expatriates secondment/ deputation and highlighting issues from Tax, Social Security and Regulatory perspective.

He has advised various clients on conceptualization and implementation of employee incentive plans from Companies Act and Foreign Exchange Control Regulations.

He has also handled tax due diligence, assessments/ litigation from Income tax perspective and also contributed to the articles in the International Tax Compendium  published by the CTC.

Prashant Paleja

Position : Executive Director - Tax & Regulatory

Qualification : Prashant is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate from Narsee Monjee (NM) College, Mumbai.

Experience : Prashant has joined D. Kothary & Co. in 2022. Prior to this, Prashant has overall experience of 12 years in the field of International and Corporate tax advisory, Transaction structuring, Tax controversies and litigation, Exchange Control advisory and approvals.

He has domain expertise in advising clients belonging to varied sectors including manufacturing, infrastructure, IT / ITes, Oil and Gas, media, hospitality and Family offices.

He has been actively involved in representation in tax litigation matters before revenue authorities and providing litigation support to clients at various levels including ITAT and High Court.

He has assisted in making representations on taxation matters to CBDT / Finance Ministry through various forums like FICCI and Nasscom and also articles in business newspapers.

 
     
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