Founder and Main Shareholder of FBS KOTSOMITIS Network Regulated Local Offices in UAE, Cyprus, Malta, Seychelles, UK and Greece.
FBS UAE – Resident Managing Director of the UAE Office and Head of Corporate, Management and Business Consulting Services in the UAE (Dubai and Ras – Al – Khaimah).
FBS INTERNATIONAL - Global Head of Advisory - International Tax, Asset Protection, Wealth Management and Business Consulting Service Lines.
Aris is 46 years old and has close to 24 years experience in the international professional services sector. He is recognized as one of the leading international tax, asset protection and wealth management experts in the EU and is a member of a number of local and international professional bodies – associations including:
ICAEW- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales,
ICPAC - The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus
ITPA - The International Tax Planning Association
STEP - The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
EATI - The European - American Tax Institute
IFA - The International Fiscal Association
IoD - The Institute of Directors
Aris is a graduate of The London School of Economics (UK) and a Royal Commonwealth Scholar. Following his graduation he proceeded to complete his articles with a London Big-4 firm when he attained membership to the The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW).
After 7 years, he left the UK to move to Greece where after a year of service at The Bank of Cyprus in Greece as Head of Regulatory Compliance he moved on to PricewaterhouseCoopers where he served as a Senior Manager at the Corporate Finance Dept.
For a period of 2 years he was dealing with the tax and advisory aspects of regional cross-border transactions, heading a team of 20 professionals.
In 1998 he set up the Focus Business Services Group and Network of Companies in Cyprus and specialized in providing international tax advice and setting up tax structures for a significant number of international clients.
In 2005 he setup the Seychelles operation and in 2010 the Group’s Malta operations (fully licensed providers).
In 2013 he took up residence in Dubai to head the Group’s / Network’s UAE offices in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. Nowadays he spends his time mostly between the UAE (55%), Cyprus (35%) and Malta (10%).
In his high school years, Aris was awarded the first Commonwealth Scholarships by the Queen of England for outstanding academic achievement.
Aris is a professional of considerable business acumen and although primarily an international tax expert with a specialisation in European and International tax and asset protection structures and a HNWI wealth manager, he has solid “all-round” experience in a number of areas such as law, accounting, auditing, banking (including treasury), corporate finance and management consulting. Such knowledge is of paramount importance when helping clients identify key issues in complex cases and assessing the “total impact” of a given set of actions.
His interest and his expertise is in the areas of wealth management, international tax planning – structuring, corporate law and asset protection and in particular all matters relating to the structuring and operation of international holding, finance, royalty, investment, asset protection and trading structures through European, UAE and other entities in various jurisdictions worldwide.