MHA and Roberts Nathan relaunch as Baker Tilly Ireland

17 May 2024 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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Continuing a busy year for deals, MHA has announced its expansion across Ireland. Its Irish professionals will merge with Roberts Nathan, to build a 170-strong business named Baker Tilly Ireland.

MHAis a network of independent accountants and business advisers spanning the UK and Ireland, with 1,740 staff and partners and 21 offices in the UK alone. It is the local wing of the Baker Tilly International network, and over the last 12 months, this backing has powered MHA through a period of major growth – launching offices in Scotland and Wales for the first time.

Now, the Irish wing of MHA has joined in this growth, with the news that it is to merge with Roberts Nathan. Established in 1997, Roberts Nathan has grown significantly since inception, with offices in both Dublin and Cork. Its team of more than 50 professionals offers advisory services to clients across Ireland.

MHA and Roberts Nathan relaunch as Baker Tilly Ireland

The deal will see MHA’s Irish wing and Roberts Nathan rebrand as a singular entity, under the moniker Baker Tilly Ireland. The new firm will have an initial workforce of 70 staff and partners, but that is set to more than double in the coming period, with plans for Baker Tilly Ireland to create 100 new jobs as part of its expansion strategy.

The 100 new roles will range from graduates to experienced professionals in Dublin and Cork, with hybrid working options over the next two years. These positions will span audit, advisory, and tax services, reflecting Baker Tilly Ireland’s commitment to driving economic growth and offering high-quality employment opportunities in Ireland.

Rakesh Shaunak, managing partner and chair of MHA commented, “Expanding into Ireland is a significant step in MHA’s strategic growth plans given the country’s strong trading ties and business connections with the UK and mainland Europe. Our focus in Ireland will remain on supporting local and international SMEs, enabling local clients to take advantage of the international footprint of Baker Tilly International, and also allowing our UK clients new opportunities to enter the Irish Market. Roberts Nathan’s growth mindset, entrepreneurial spirit and highly personal ethos aligns with MHA’s perfectly, so we are very excited about this next phase.”

As well as opening up the Irish market for MHA more broadly, the merger will enhance Roberts Nathan's extensive local expertise with the capability to offer a more comprehensive range of services and sector expertise and serve more clients. As part of an international network, it will be able to reach new clients overseas, too.

“We are delighted to share this exciting news,” said Vivian Nathan, managing partner of Roberts Nathan, who will become Baker Tilly Ireland's new regional chief operations officer. “This proposed merger marks a pivotal milestone, enabling us to leverage our combined strengths to provide more extensive services and innovative solutions to our clients while creating significant growth opportunities for our team.”