Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed a new director to its accounting and business advisory team in Birmingham.
James Roberts joins RSM from EY, bringing the Top-10 firm his experience in financial reporting and risk assurance gained from his work in the financial services sector.
Mark Taylor, RSM’s regional managing partner for the central region said: “I’m delighted to welcome James to the team. He brings with him extensive technical and pragmatic experience in advising financial services businesses.
“Given the regulatory and strategic challenges currently facing financial firms across the region, James’ expertise will be in great demand both from our existing and prospective clients.”
In his career to date, James has specialised in advising financial services firms on the commercial and regulatory impact of the accounting and financial reporting challenges they face.
He has worked with a wide range of UK and international clients, delivering projects such as corporate reorganisations, acquisitions and disposals, and the implementation of new accounting standards.
In his new role based in the Midlands, James will focus on broadening RSM’s financial services offering nationally, drawing on the firm’s expertise and talent from across the UK and internationally.
RSM targets the middle market and has nearly 3,800 partners and staff working at 35 locations throughout the UK, and is the sixth-largest network of audit, tax and consultancy firms globally, and has recently expanded its network further into China.
Last month, the firm announced its merger with Huapu Tianjian Certified Public Accountants (Huapu Tianjian) to form RSM China, resulting in a 40% growth.
Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International said: “China is a crucial market for our clients who are increasingly looking for coordinated cross-border expertise that spans the globe.
“When Huapu Tianjian joined the RSM network, we were excited by their ambition and their client service approach.
“This merger is the next step in an ongoing growth strategy which will see RSM China achieve top ten status and prominence as a key player in the Chinese market”.