Nicolas Barakat has about 50 years of accounting, auditing and tax experience, providing assurance services to private and public companies, mainly in Lebanon. Nicolas joined Russell & Co (Lebanon office) in 1969 which merged in 1972 with Arthur Young. In 1974 he joined Alex Siman & Co the parent company of Semaan Gholam & Co member since 2011 of the BDO international network.
Partner since 1996 at BDO Semaan, Gholam & Co, Nicolas has developed a strong background in the following industries: banks and financial institutions, insurance, real estate, construction, entertainment industry, advertising and marketing, manufacturing, holding and offshore companies, consumer goods and NGO’s. Nicolas has been also involved in private placements of debt and equity and is experienced in valuation, business mergers and acquisitions.
Lebanese Association of Certified Public Accountants (LACPA)
Arab Federation of Certified Public Accountants (AFCPA)
Sworn expert at the Commercial Court in Lebanon
Master Business Administration (major finance): St Joseph University - Beirut
Chartered Accountant (Expert Comptable): Institute of National Accounting - Belgium