Chartered Accountants & Insolvency Practitioners

OUR TEAM​

Financial experts, trusted advisors...​

Zafar Iqbal

Zafar is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner in the UK and a fellow member of the ICAEW.

Manish Sangani

Manish is a fellow member of the ICAEW and leads
our audit, accounts and tax specialism.

Zain Iqbal

Zain is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner and has previously worked on deals with EV of +£1bn.

Ammar Faisal

Ammar is a fellow member of the ACCA and has been with Cooper Young since 2003.

Paula Bates

Paula is an integral part of the Cooper Young team and has been with the firm since the early days.

Vida Urbutiene

Vida joined Cooper Young in 2015 and is part of our insolvency administration team.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

At Cooper Young, we respect and value differences. We believe in being yourself and being different and realise that bringing together a diverse team to solve complex problems, creates value and drives practical and commercial benefits for our clients. We are differentiated as a firm by the unique and varied background of our people as well as their hands-on experience that allows us to tailor our services to meet the needs of each and every one of our client, across a myriad of industries and geographies. We are focused on providing a culture characterised by inclusive everyday behaviours built on a foundation of mutual respect and appreciation for diversity in all its forms. We therefore encourage our people to live our values of integrity, commitment, togetherness and smart thinking daily. We believe this results in a superior client service, satisfying careers and a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people and our clients.

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Zafar Iqbal

Zafar is a Partner at Cooper Young and leads our Restructuring & Insolvency specialism. He is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner in the UK and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

Zafar brings with him over 35 years of hands on experience working in high pressure distressed situations involving small and medium sized business as well as individuals. His expertise include pre and post-appointment advice to companies in distress including undertaking a review of restructuring options, implementing formal appointments along with dealing with HMRC and lenders on behalf of his clients. 

His recent experience includes being formally appointed as the Liquidator and advising the board of directors of a large gaming conglomerate; dealing with HMRC on behalf of a  construction company; being appointed Liquidator to an online retailer dealing with eBay, Google and PayPal; and being appointed Administrator to a storage company providing long-term storage options.

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Manish Sangani

Manish is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982. With almost 40 years of experience in advising small and medium sized businesses, Manish leads our audit, accountancy & tax engagements. 

Manish has significant experience providing strategic and operational advice to businesses, including advice on corporate structure, funding, as well as ongoing accounting and tax support. He expertise also encompasses helping his clients deal with shareholder disputes, tax planning, HMRC investigations, estate planning and businesses looking to raise finance. His client portfolio includes companies focused on Healthcare and Care Homes industries, Retail & Leisure, Real Estate, Business Services, Technology as well as charitable foundations.

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Zain Iqbal

Zain brings with him almost ten years of transactional experience including corporate insolvency, debt restructuring, liquidity management, financial due diligence, business plan forecasting and reviews.

Zain qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, London where he worked in both their Transaction Services and Restructuring practice. He subsequently moved to Alvarez and Marsal, London where he was a Director and advised corporate and private equity clients on M&A and restructuring options. 

His previous experience includes advising both owner-managed and private equity owned businesses, across a range of industries including retail, leisure and hospitality, healthcare, insurance, technology and exhibition management. Zain is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a licensed corporate Insolvency Practitioner in the UK.

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Ammar Faisal

Ammar is a senior member of our audit, accounts and tax team and acts for a range of owner-managed businesses, including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. He specialises in providing services and advice including preparation of annual accounts, tax returns, incorporation, business development and acquisitions. 

Ammar is also responsible for leading the on field audit work for our clients.

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Paula Bates

Paula brings with her over 25 years of accountancy and insolvency experience and has worked with a variety of our clients providing accountancy, payroll and case administration services. She has worked across all specialisms and has been instrumental in the growth of the practice. 

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Vida Urbutiene

Vida joined Cooper Young in 2015 to help with the day to day project administration. She has recently joined our Restructuring & Insolvency team on full time basis having completed her AAT qualification. 

Vida specialises in investigative work and asset realisations. She is responsible for managing the case progression on our formal insolvency appointments. She posseses an AAT qualification and has previously worked in the healthcare and education sectors.

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