BDO appoints Fiorenza Onekawa and Michael Stallard as partners

08 July 2021 2 min. read
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BDO has bolstered its expertise with the appointment of two new experts. Michael Stallard and Fiorenza Onekawa join the advisory and audit firm as partners.

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO, commented, “Michael and Fiorenza bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to the firm and I am looking forward to seeing our advisory team continue to grow as our clients come to us with increasingly complex requirements.”

Michael Stallard joins the firm’s advisory team as the national lead on Sarbanes-Oxley (SOx) and its impact on corporate reporting and will be based across the North of England. Also known as the “Corporate and Auditing Accountability, Responsibility, and Transparency Act," SOx has had an impact on the listings of firms on the US stock market for almost two decades.

Stallard arrives having spent the last 10 years at Deloitte. His new role will see him help build the firm’s UK SOx proposition, enabling businesses to respond to the financial reporting changes arising from the government’s BEIS consultation and advising businesses looking to modernise controls in line with their broader digital strategies.

Fiorenza Onekawa meanwhile joins BDO’s global offerings and accounting advisory team and will be based in London. She will specialise in supporting private businesses looking to raise capital in US markets and supporting public companies with regulatory reporting requirements.

Onekawa has worked with companies across a range of sectors, with a focus on the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. She joins from PwC, where she spent the last 21 years, and was latterly a Director in Capital Markets with the Big Four firm.

Speaking on the pressures the new hires will help BDO address, Eagland added, “Over the last few years we have seen unprecedented scrutiny on governance, controls and regulatory reporting for businesses. With new changes to regulation coming in as a result of the Government’s BEIS consultation, we know now is an important time to be investing in these areas.”

Since January, BDO has appointed ten external and 20 internal individuals as partner. In June, for example, BDO appointed Duncan Chandler to its national mergers and acquisitions team, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the firm.