Irish firms in €8m merger

Two Irish accountancy firms, both members of the DFK International association, are to merge to create a combined practice with an annual fee income of over €8m (£6.9m)

Crowleys DFK and Anne Brady McQuillans DFK will combine forces on 1 January 2020. The amalgamated firm, which will operate under the Crowleys DFK name, will see Anne Brady McQuillans DFK partners Natalie Kelly and Niall Grant, along with their team of 22 staff, move to Crowleys DFK’s existing Dublin offices at College Green.

The merger creates a firm with a combined annual fee income of over €8m, 110 staff and ten partners.

James O’Connor, managing partner of Crowleys DFK, said: ‘When initial discussions began between the two firms, we quickly saw a distinct alignment both in the benefits of what our combined service offering would bring to our clients and the cultural fit for our staff.

‘And with the creation of 40 new jobs in Dublin and Cork over the next two years in areas such as internal audit, IT audit, risk management, advisory, cloud accounting, public sector services and tax, the merger allows us evolve to meet the growing needs of our collective national and international clients.’

Founded 44 years ago, Crowleys DFK has a client base that includes indigenous owner-managed businesses, and subsidiaries and European headquarters of overseas SME and multinational companies. Anne Brady McQuillans DFK evolved in 2005 when Anne Brady DFK merged with McQuillans DFK. The firm specialises in the SME sector client base, particularly in the Leinster region.

By Pat Sweet

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