At Theta Global Advisors, technical, practical and commercial knowledge come together to give you the expert support you need in resolving your financial reporting challenges: current or new IFRS, UK GAAP, US GAAP Asset finance & leasing, financial instruments, financial instrument impairments, structuring transactions, deal related transactions and due-dilligence or structured product development – we can help you through all stages.

We have a wide range of experience of helping clients resolve complex financial reporting issues across the financial and non-financial sectors.

We have deep experience in the new IFRS 9 Impairments rules and IFRS 16 Leases and have been involved in early projects and developing market approach and pragmatic solutions.  As we have the experience from doing this before, we can provide you the best advice and support in the actual ‘doing’ rather than just tell you what you need to do.

With over twenty years of experience both in the financial and non financial sectors and from working in practice, industry and banks, we have a wider view of the challenges you face, rather than just from the role of advisors and can add real value to you.

We pride ourselves on our flexible approach to provide you the support and insight exactly how and where you need it.

Chris Biggs, FCA

Chris Biggs, Partner, leads our services and has a wide range of experience across both FS and non FS clients.

He has specialised in providing clients with advisory services addressing complex GAAP including financial instruments, impairments and asset finance & leasing.  He also has considerable experience in commercial asset finance and lease structuring.

His twenty years of experience includes the last five leading and developing Theta and the prior ten years as a Director in a Big 4 firm, leading their accounting advisory support to banking and asset finance clients.

From numerous full time secondments to major global banks and retail banks (including Treasury, Structured Finance trading desks, Financial Reporting, Chief Accountant, Financial Governance, leading IFRS 9 early adoption projects) and with roles outside of practice including two years with the World Bank in the USA, Chris is very well placed to combine both his ‘in practice’ technical and client advisory expertise; he understands what being on the other side of ‘the desk’ really means and what clients value.

Sector experience:

  • Investment and retail banks, credit institutions, traders and brokers, FMCG, manufacturing, hospitality and asset finance and leasing

Reena Jugdhurry, FCCA

Reena focuses on delivering advisory services that include complex accounting standards advice and implementation, GAAP conversions and post deal support.

With over twelve years’ experience as a Senior Manager in a Big4 firm specialising in audits of real estate and private equity funds and fund managers, she has gained extensive experience of delivering audit services to Pan European fund managers with complex structures and in project managing the complexities of group audits with different accounting frameworks and jurisdictions. In addition, she has led audits in Africa for significant real estate development projects spanning across East and West Africa, building significant experience with property valuations and development appraisals on UK and international assets.

She uses her insights to enhance companies’ performances by improving their internal and external reporting and works with companies to improve their processes and strengthen their control environment. Combining her technical expertise with in-depth understanding of client needs, she provides businesses with a more solid basis for making decisions on transactions and commercial arrangements, thereby supporting them in driving sustainable value.

Sector experience:

  • Private equity, venture capital funds, asset management, real estate and hospitality

Hari Patel, FCA

Hari is an accounting specialist who provides clients with accounting advice for complex transactions and helps them navigate accounting changes and uncertainty with practical solutions.

With over 17 years experience in Big 4 firm across audit of UK and US private and public companies and specialised in their accounting consulting services ‘centre of excellence’, he has significant cross-sector experience in advising on a wide range of accounting topics and has built a deep specialism in lease accounting.  Hari has contributed to major publications including global leasing industry accounting groups, IFRS and New UK GAAP accounting manuals and responses to the 2013 exposure draft of the Leases standard.

Hari provides specialist accounting advice to multi-national listed businesses and private equity houses on GAAP conversions, implementing new accounting standards, acquisitions and disposals and carve-outs and advises asset finance and leasing businesses in structuring and IFRS 16.  He seeks to provide companies with balanced and pragmatic solutions which are grounded in a deep understanding of technical accounting.

Sector experience:

  • Retail, consumer, technology, asset finance and leasing, technology and public sector

Natasha Sirén, ACMA, CGMA

Natasha is a multilingual CIMA Chartered Accountant with over seventeen years’ strategic and operational experience in delivering international complex finance transformation and financial reporting projects across a wide range of industries. She is a lean practitioner with extensive experience in process excellence and global business services (GBS) in all aspects of developing an optimal service delivery model; including process sourcing and design, organisational design, governance structures, technology and reporting. Natasha has a proven track record of developing target operating models, designing and implementing both captive and outsourced shared services centres, and centres of excellence globally.

Natasha provides expert advice and hands-on project management for delivering multifaceted and large projects across a wide range of complex finance and cross-functional operational challenges, and implementing new accounting standards. She uses her deep understanding of best practices and performance drivers combined with stakeholder management, analytical and communication skills, to deliver pragmatic client specific solutions that provide sustainable efficiency and effectiveness improvements, and drive business results beyond the full project lifecycle.

Sectors experience:

  • Telecommunications, consumer goods, utilities, chemicals, IT, mining, broadcasting, healthcare, paintings and coatings, electronics

Patrick Hopkins

Patrick is a very experienced Oracle professional who has supported many clients across diverse industries/geographies implementing both Oracle’s Cloud and E-Business Suite solutions.

His twenty plus years of experience includes 16 years with Oracle’s own consulting organisation within the UK as Solution Architect/Lead Consultant.  Here he was responsible for a number of groundbreaking projects including the first successful Cloud SaaS implementation of Financials and Supply Chain for a UK Council and a UK Central Government implementation of E-Business Suite which is the largest Oracle implementation globally (in terms of transaction volume).

Patrick is very well versed in the skills and commitment required to ensure a successful system implementation from pre-sale through the project itself, into the challenges of “going live” and  on to post go-live support and system upgrades/testing.  He brings a pragmatic approach to resolving complex business issues.

Sector Experience

  • 20+ successful full lifecycle implementations of Oracle technology across Central and Local Government organisations, Banking and Insurance companies, Telco’s, FMCG retailers, Transportation and CPG.

Zulfi Unar, ACCA

Zulfi is a financial services specialist with 20 years of experience and brings deep technical and advisory experience in the areas of accounting and finance, regulatory policy development and treasury and financial risk management.

Zulfi brings significant experience leading large scale accounting conversion projects including new standards implementation specially in the area of IFRS 9. He has led IFRS 9 implementation for numerous banks and other financial institutions in 8 different countries including devising the IFRS 9 implementation approach for a regional central bank in the Middle East which was adopted by all the banks in the country. In addition to IFRS advisory, Zulfi has helped many clients to utilise the full potential from their treasury departments by transforming their treasury and the wider risk management functions. Zulfi’s approach is always to help clients to manage the practicalities of any change by being a true and trusted partner.

Sector Experience

20 years of audit and accounting, treasury and risk advisory and regulatory policy experience across financial services, oil and gas, utilities, airline industry and telecommunications.