The ten-partner office could be set to follow the Nottingham and Leicester offices, which were snapped up by Tenon recently, while its one partner Poole office was merged with Mazars Neville Russell last week.
The firm intends to move from the regional partnership under which it currently operates to a national partnership and said there may be offices that are not part of that plan.
Tim Bentall, managing partner of the Southampton office, said: ‘We are making it our business to find out about the various outside parties in the market, and to make our own assessment of them.’
He added: ‘We are committed to BDO but we would be doing ourselves a dis-service if we restrict our options at this point. The talks are all part of a process which has been speeded up by recent events.’
Bentall refused to rule out possible talks with consolidators Numerica and Tenon, while it is known the office has been contacted by numerous brokers interested in the practice.
Numerica chief executive Tony Sarin would neither confirm or deny talks with the office, but added: ‘We are expecting to complete more deals shortly.’
Harrison Beale & Owen will (HB&O) have a new chairman and managing director at the helm for 2017
Satvir Bungar promoted to managing director in the mergers and acquisitions team
Carolyn Brown appointed as the first head of client legal services practice RSM Legal
UK senior partner Phil Verity has been elected for a second term at Mazars