Deloitte to merge with Wellington-based Curtis McLean
Merger expands capability in the Private professional services market
Professional services firm Deloitte announced today that it will merge with Curtis McLean, a leading provider of Private accounting services to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Wellington region.
The Curtis McLean team of 5 partners and 35 professional staff will join Deloitte from 1 February 2014 and be part of Deloitte Private.
Deloitte Chief Executive, Thomas Pippos, said the move was an exciting one for Deloitte and Curtis McLean. It was a direct response to addressing the needs of the local market and the growing number of successful privately owned businesses in Wellington.
“Successful privately owned businesses need access to both specialist and traditional Trusted Business Advisor services. Bringing both teams together better enables us to serve that market and augments our existing Deloitte Private team,” Mr Pippos said.
Curtis McLean’s Mike Curtis echoed those sentiments and said that the decision to join Deloitte was ultimately an easy one as we all saw the benefits that would flow to our clients and staff by accessing specialists with national and global reach.
“Merging with Deloitte gives us the capability and resources to help our clients with solutions to their increasingly complex needs. It is the next logical step in our Firm’s evolution as the leading provider of Private services in the Capital,” said Mr Curtis.
The merger with Curtis McLean is the latest in a coordinated growth story for Deloitte, which has included the merger with Rotorua-based CA firm Hulton Patchell in March and the recent acquisitions of Oracle and SAP technology implementation companies Asparona and Tango in August. With a number of other lateral partner recruits the merger will take equity partner numbers to over 100 in the New Year, 33 of which will be based in Wellington.
“These moves are part of a deliberate effort to bolster capability in key strategic areas, including Māori services, IT consulting and the Private market, as we continue to focus on both organic and inorganic growth,” says Mr Pippos.