William Buck expands footprint with ambitious growth strategy

Chartered accounting and advisory firm William Buck boosts its business advisory capabilities with the recent acquisition of NSW-based firm, Elliott House. This latest merger represents the next stage in a series of business acquisitions to grow the firms’ footprint across Australia and New Zealand.

William Buck Network Chairman Nick Hatzistergos said a combination of acquisitions, organic growth and internal promotions had seen the firm grow to 87 partners and over 600 across the network.

“We have a clear strategy which evolves around doing more for our clients. These acquisitions form a significant part of expanding on our capabilities and services, so we can add more value and offer even greater expertise and advice.”

William Buck has been servicing private companies and family businesses for over 120 years and the company expects to grow approximately 10% over the next year.

William Buck’s vision to be a leading adviser to the middle-market has resulted in a number of acquisitions to further build on their capabilities and expertise. In recent months, they’ve expanded their networks by welcoming several new Directors and their teams:

  • Elliott House Simon Dorahy, Andrew Slattery and Cameron Martin along with 19 employees join the NSW firm on 1 February 2018.
  • The acquisition of the HLB Mann Judd Gold Coast office in December 2017. Janelle Manders and her team bring expertise in private enterprise, tourism and e-commerce.
  • Expansion of their business advisory offering with David Sharp and his team along with Jack Qi joining Tax Services in Sydney in July 2017.
  • Merger with Adelaide-based SP Accountants and Business Advisors, with Steven Pikramenos and his team joining William Buck in April 2017.

“With each merger, we looked at businesses that have a strong reputation for quality service and excellence and whose corporate values are closely aligned to our own”.

“William Buck’s approach is very much in line with the advice we provide to our clients – to achieve targeted growth through strategic investments. We make decisions based on the business philosophy we advocate.”

The firms’ growth strategy has been further supported through a number of senior internal advancements. Over the past 12 months, William Buck have promoted 8 new directors and 8 senior appointments.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide these opportunities to home grown talent and promote people who are passionate about making a difference and committed to building long-term relationships – key values that guide every aspect of our business.”

“Our strategy remains well on track – to expand our footprint through scale and depth and provide our people with career and professional development opportunities”.

“Each of these changes is an important step in supporting our ongoing strategy to build new capability, strengthen existing areas and offer more benefits to our clients”.