Finbarr Sexton is a Partner with EY Middle East and the indirect tax service line leader the Middle East and North Africa region. He graduated from the University College Cork, in law and accounting, Finbarr is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He has been involved in indirect tax advisory services across the region including general sales tax and value added tax compliance and advisory, customs and international trade and interpretation of free trade agreements across the region and their impact on international trading transactions between countries in the region.
His clients operate in a broad range of industries such as oil and gas (both upstream and downstream), power and utilities, engineering procurement and construction, real estate, marine activity and financial services.
He is responsible for the development of indirect tax training for the MENA region and also for thought leadership contributions on indirect tax.
He has conducted VAT and customs training courses for E&Y offices in the region and also for multinational clients operating across the region.
He has advised a number of Governments in the region on tax policy initiatives including VAT, petroleum fiscal regimes and customs and global trade agreements.
He has also advised on the trade programmes in the MENA region including the impact of free zones and free trade agreements.
Contributed to the analysis of taxability of Islamic financing