Andersen expands European presence with collaborations in UK and Poland

17 April 2018 Consultancy.uk

As the firm continues to expand its global client-base, Andersen Global has continued its expansion with three new collaborative agreements in the UK and Poland. RBCVAT joins the Andersen association in Britain, while A2Z Tax & Legal and SOL Financial Services become allies of the network in Poland.

Established in 2013 by US member firm Andersen Tax, Andersen Global is an international association of legally separate, independent member firms comprised of tax and legal professionals around the world. The network currently comprises of more than 2,500 professionals worldwide, as well as a presence in over 87 locations through member firms and collaborating firms. The latest steps in expanding this network have come in the markets of the UK and Poland, as Andersen seeks to meet growing demand in the regions.

In the UK, the professional services association’s existing practice will now collaborate with RBCVAT. The firm was founded in 2002 by ex-EY Partner Roger Bevan. Before his time with EY, Bevan was in the employ of Arthur Andersen, leaving the former Big Five member in 1997. He is a VAT and indirect specialist with almost 40 years of experience.

Andersen Global, RBCVAT, A2Z Tax & Legal and SOL Financial Services

RBCVAT specialises in international VAT services, advising multinational companies on transactions, supply chain management and tax planning. The firm’s client base includes US corporations with European investments.

Commenting on the new partnership, Mark Vorsatz, Global Chairman and Andersen Tax CEO said, “The United Kingdom is the next major step in our firm’s growth and I wanted to ensure that we collaborated with a quality organisation with a culture consistent with our objectives. Roger is an Arthur Andersen alumnus and was the first dedicated Andersen recruit in VAT in Europe, so he provides us with a superior firm and outstanding individuals that underscore our reputation as best-in-class.”

Poland

With uncertainty surrounding Brexit still threatening to compromise the free flow of trade and human resources between the UK and EU, Andersen is also working to expand its platform across mainland Europe. In Poland, this will see Andersen work with two firms: A2Z Tax & Legal and SOL Financial Services. The dual collaboration will play a key role in the firm’s client service and business development efforts across the region.

Warsaw-based A2Z Tax & Legal focuses on key areas such as M&A deals, due diligence, customs, VAT consultancy and transfer pricing. The tax practice is headed by Marcin Matyka, who specialises in corporate tax litigation. Accounting and consulting firm SOL Financial Services, meanwhile, was founded by Oleg Szczerbak in 2006. The firm advises international corporations, non-profit organisations and high-net-worth individuals on accounting and payroll solutions, tax management, reporting and outsourcing.

Speaking on Andersen’s Polish expansion, Vorsatz added, “The addition demonstrates our dedication to providing seamless services in Europe and worldwide. Marcin, Oleg and their teams together constitute an excellent complement for Andersen Global and I am impressed by their commitment to providing outstanding client service.”

Poland is presently the largest consulting industry in Eastern Europe. According to the most recent analysis available, the Polish consulting market is worth over $420 million.

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US change management consultancy opens office in London

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

One year after UK consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting invested in American change management firm Change 4 Growth, it has opened its first international office in the UK. Change 4 Growth’s new London locale will see the company look to supply organisational transformation solutions crafted over the last several years in the US to British clients.

Specialising in transformational change, American retail boutique consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) offers an expansive range of services. This includes organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support. Well-known retail brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor are already among C4G’s clients, but since receiving investment from Thought Provoking Consulting in early 2018, the company has been keen to pursue expansion of its own.

Speaking at the time of the deal, Beth Thomas, CEO of C4G, commented, "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting... The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain."

US change management consultancy opens office in London

In 2019, this has seen the Ohio-headquartered consultancy announce the opening of its first international office in London. Led by UK native and Managing Director, David Lucas, the base in Britain’s capital will bring the firm’s holistic service to clients in Europe looking deal with change at every level within their organisations.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Lucas said, “At a time of huge technological upheaval, the importance of organisational and cultural change, married with operational speed and agility, has never been greater. Achieving that balance between people, process and technology for the digital era is the burning platform for most organisations…The C4G team… offers a spectrum of change and re-alignment capabilities and can bring proven approaches, methodologies and solutions to support the UK market.”

In the US, C4G has been able to tap into the fact that disengagement and unhappiness at work have become an epidemic across multiple sectors, resulting in poor business performance and bottom line results. With the UK’s high streets currently faltering due to an influx of e-commerce competition, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, C4G will likely also find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Remarking on the firm’s arrival ‘across the pond’, Thomas concluded, “Many of our clients are global organisations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain’s innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a C4G office in the UK… With David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting… we’re more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries.”