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30 Jul 2015

McLean Delmo Bentleys announces merger

The merger brings together two firms with complementary services across a broad range of practice areas including international services, management consulting and financial planning.

John Delmo said the merger fulfilled the best interests of both clients and staff in a changing industry environment.

“This merger strengthens the position of our firm in the marketplace, allowing us to service more clients in more areas of specialisation,” said Mr Delmo.

“The market is asking for a greater breadth and depth of services than ever before. Our clients will continue to enjoy a personal and professional service from their existing teams, but will also have access to experts in a variety of specialisations beyond the traditional offerings.

“We are also seeing clients wanting to leverage efficiencies and service offerings that larger firms can provide, and the merger will allow us to meet this demand.”

Harold Lourie, Managing Partner of UHY Haines Norton Melbourne, said the merger would also provide enhanced services to clients and career opportunities for staff.

“The merging of the two firms means that our increased size will bring even greater diversity of services to our clients and work opportunities to our people.”

Mr Delmo said he expected to see further industry mergers this year and that against a background of a change, firms need to evaluate their position in the market to thrive.

“The accounting marketplace is evolving due to a number of factors including technological changes and a contraction of business in traditional service lines. Firms must consider how they are positioned to take advantage of this new environment and whether they have the size and scale required to meet these challenges. Breadth of expertise and excellent levels of service will become increasingly important to clients and firms will seek to be part of networks that can help them deliver on this.”

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