According to media reports, managing partner for Asia, John Prasetio, said his firm was now engaged in talks with Ernst & Young – despite Andersen calling a press conference in London two weeks ago to discuss its move with KPMG.
Ernst & Young had already confirmed it was merging with Andersen in Russia, Australia, New Zealand and is in talks with the firm in Singapore.
Andersen in Hong Kong and China are to merge with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In a seperate hammer blow for the KPMG merger talks, Andersen in Spain, the dominant firm in the county, and a key target of KPMG, said it was engaged in talks with Deloitte & Touche.
Andrew Howson joins the firm from EY, bringing experience in advising private equity and corporate clients across multiple sectors in the UK and Europe
Dennis Layton takes up the position on April 1 and will contribute to the firm’s goal of becoming the leading global professional services organisation by 2020
Richard Cartwright becomes the new head, taking over from incumbent head of office David Lemon
Brian Burke, business development director, has moved within the firm to 'develop Quantuma’s networks with Sussex professional firms'