Baker Tilly Ukraine and Grant Thornton Ukraine have announced their merger under the brand Baker Tilly Ukraine, effective 1 January 2012. This is the first merger in Ukraine between independent member firms of two of the world’s top international accountancy networks.
The merger will provide Baker Tilly Ukraine with the opportunity to narrow the gap with the Big 4 audit companies in Ukraine. The combined entity will not only consolidate best practices, experiences and personnel, but will also become an undisputed leader in the delivery of transaction services to Ukrainian companies aiming to tap into international markets for equity and debt funding.
Managing partner of Baker Tilly Ukraine Alexander Pochkun said: “Baker Tilly Ukraine and Grant Thornton Ukraine are two strong players in the local market with considerable professional competence and large client portfolios. We are confident that this merger will strengthen significantly choice within the audit market in Ukraine, providing a new alternative to Ukrainian and international companies”.
Managing partner of Grant Thornton Ukraine Vitaliy Kazakov noted: “Our decision to withdraw from the Grant Thornton International network is balanced and deliberate; we are keen to improve the competitiveness of the merged company, as well as to leverage the industry experience of staff and partners”.
Baker Tilly Ukraine is an independent provider of audit and business advisory services and an independent member of Baker Tilly International. The firm has offices located in Kiev, Donetsk and Odessa.