BDO expands footprint in West Africa with member firm

15 January 2016 2 min. read
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BDO International has expanded its global network with the appointment of BDO Francophone West Africa. The addition of BDO FWA provides BDO with a local presence in Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo, allowing it to better serve its local and international clients’ interests in West Africa.

BDO International is one of the larger networks of public accounting, tax and advisory firms in the world, all operating under the name of BDO. The network operates in 152 countries and territories, with 60,000 people offering professional services out of 1,328 offices. In 2014, fee income of the member firms in BDO network was $7.02 billion.

The addition of BDO Francophone West Africa (BDO FWA), which joins from the PKF network, sees BDO International expand its footprint in the region, as well as claim a local presence in 3 new territories: Ivory Coast (Abidjan), Niger (Niamey) and (Lomé) Togo. The firm specialises in IT consulting and business advisory services and serves local and international companies as well as international development and local governmental agencies across West Africa.

Anders Heede - BDO

Managing Partner of BDO FWA Antoine Lawson feels that joining the BDO network will fuel future growth of the firm: “As part of the BDO network, we will have recourse to a global network of proven expertise and resources that will ensure we can deliver this exceptional level of responsive client service. In choosing to partner with BDO, we were particularly attracted to the development and growth strategy that BDO is implementing across West Africa and look forward to a successful collaboration in this region and with the network as a whole.”

Anders Heede, CEO of BDO EMEA, explains that the expansion will allow BDO to better serve its clients with interests in the region, as well as boost the collaboration amongst its African and global firms. “We are proud to be at the forefront of a consolidating market that is creating strong professional services firms throughout the region. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with BDO Francophone West Africa and I am pleased that they have chosen BDO as their trusted partner for growth,” Heede concludes.

Earlier expansions of the BDO network include the addition of Borge Villavicencio & Compañía in Nicaragua and of Conseil & Audit – Développement in Réunion.