MSI Global Alliance appoints accounting firm in Lebanon

A2MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of legal and accounting firms, is pleased to announce the appointment of accounting firm HBK Hobeika & Co (HBK) as its new member firm in Lebanon.

HBK was founded in 1995 by Dr Antoine Hobeika and has gained a strong reputation in the Lebanese market. Based in Beirut, HBK provides a full range of accounting, audit, tax and business advisory services to a wide variety of clients.

Tim Wilson, chief executive of MSI, commented, “HBK are a great addition to MSI. They have worked closely with our law firm member in Beirut and have interests throughout the Middle East – particularly in the Gulf, where MSI wishes to strengthen its presence. I look forward to them working closely with our member firms.”

HBK’s managing partner, Dr Antoine Hobeika, said, “We believe that our membership with MSI is an investment that will yield valuable benefits for us and our clients. We are convinced that the MSI conferences, the exposure to a trusted association of reputable member firms and practice management resources will support us to compete in both the local and the Middle Eastern marketplace. We are looking forward to being an active member of MSI.”

HBK joins MSI with three Partners.

For further information contact:
MSI Global Alliance Pauline Rottstock, Marketing and Business Development Manager Tel: +44 20 7583 7000 Email:

About MSI Global Alliance:

MSI is an international association of independent legal and accounting firms. With 240 carefully selected member firms in more than 100 countries, MSI is one of the world’s leading associations. MSI was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms.

In 2013, MSI Global Alliance was awarded “Association of the Year” by the International Accounting Bulletin, the leading authority of the global accounting industry which regularly analyses firm performance and best practices. For more information on MSI and its member firms, please visit

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IC Marais

Professional experience:

IC Marais is a certified CA (SA) with public sector and private sector technical knowledge based on 5 years’ Public Sector accounting, auditing and financial management experience and 5 years audit, tax and accounting experience. Detailed knowledge of private and public sector accounting and auditing standards (GRAP, IPSAS, IFRS, IAS, ISA) and public sector financial legislation (MFMA, etc.)

He enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing.


Professional experience:

In 1995, Schalk started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and then Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007) in Bloemfontein. In 1998, Schalk was appointed as manager at Moores Rowland, where he became a partner in 2003. Schalk received his Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Taxation in 2006 and in 2009 he received his Certificate in the Administration of Estates.


Professional experience:

Cedric started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007), Bloemfontein, in 1986. After completion of his articles, he joined the Special Investigations Division of the Department of Finance (SA Revenue Services) as a senior inspector from 1990 to 1991.


Professional experience:

Lucha started her career as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. After this she worked in commerce in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

On her return to South Africa, she completed her CA training contract with us and has been with Newtons ever since. She became a Partner in 2012.

Apart from her CA(SA) qualification she also holds a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Taxation (2005) and has the overall responsibility for training as our Training Officer.