From today, the merged firm will operate under the BDO brand and as part of BDO’s international network, which has 80,000 people and revenues of $9bn across 162 countries.
In the UK, BDO LLP now has a combined workforce of 5,000 people across 17 locations, delivering revenues of £590m.
The merger, which relates to the London, Birmingham, Reading, Bristol and Watford offices of Moore Stephens LLP, will make BDO the third biggest auditor of listed companies, strengthening its position as calls to improve quality and competition at the upper end of the audit market continue.
In addition, it cements BDO’s ranking as the UK’s leading auditor to AIM-listed companies and will enhance its expertise in sectors including financial services, insurance and shipping.
Paul Eagland, Managing Partner of BDO, said:
“The audit market is going through a significant period of reform and our clients are facing unprecedented uncertainty as Brexit looms and global trade undergoes fundamental changes. Notwithstanding these uncertainties I’m confident that a combination of our 5,000 people and our reputation for trust and quality, puts us in a fantastic position to help our clients and our people to capitalise on the opportunities that always accompany such change.
“Our clear sense of purpose and growth strategy will help our entire team make this merger a huge success.”
Simon Gallagher, former Managing Partner at Moore Stephens LLP, joins BDO’s Leadership Team as Head of Advisory. Formerly Moore Stephens LLP’s Chief Operating Officer, Jon Randall also joins the Leadership Team as Head of Integration and Transformation.
Simon Gallagher said: “From the moment we started our conversations, our shared ambition was to create a fully-integrated firm that our people are proud of and one which leads in serving what we call the UK’s ‘economic engine’ – the entrepreneurially-spirited, mid-sized businesses that are driving UK growth.
“This merger is one of growth and creates a new force in the market, enabling us to challenge our existing competition and deliver an increasingly impressive range of services to help our people and clients succeed.”
Note to editors
Moore Stephens partners have merged with BDO LLP. BDO Services Ltd (a member of the BDO LLP Group) has purchased the relevant business of Moore Stephens LLP.
Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP provides integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world.
Our clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high growth businesses that fuel the economy.
We share our clients’ ambitions and their entrepreneurial mind-set. We have the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise to help them succeed.
BDO LLP operates in 17 locations across the UK, employing nearly 5,000 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO LLP has underlying revenues of £590m and is the UK member firm of the BDO International network.
BDO’s global network
The BDO global network provides business advisory services in 162 countries, with 80,000 people working out of 1,600 offices worldwide. It has revenues of $9bn.