Robson Rhodes and Grant Thornton to merge

Michael Cleary, CEO of merged business

Mid-tier firms Grant Thornton
and RSM Robson Rhodes have agreed to merge
their two businesses in an effort to create a firm to take on the
Big Four.

The new group, which will be called Grant Thornton UK, will retain its
position as the fifth biggest firm in the UK with over 300 partners and 4,400
staff operating from 33 locations. The deal is expected to be completed on 1

‘RSM Robson Rhodes represents a perfect fit for Grant Thornton,’ said Michael
Cleary, CEO of the newly merged business.

‘We have considerably added to our firepower to consistently challenge the
Big Four in key areas,’ he added.

‘It is also a boost to our efforts to break down those market  perceptions
which would not naturally associate Grant Thornton with the larger public audit
market. We are now gearing ourselves to stimulate competition and offer
stakeholders greater choice in this space.’

Income from both firms will create an accountancy business worth £369m, still
a long way short of the smallest Big Four firm Ernst & Young which currently
earns around £1bn, and is expecting double digit growth this year. PwC, the
largest of Big Four players is approaching earning of almost £2bn, in the Uk

David Maxwell, managing partner, RSM Robson Rhodes said: ‘This merger creates
class leading teams in audit and tax as well as in the specialist areas of
project finance, corporate finance, forensic and corporate restructuring to name
but a few.

‘It further boosts our dominant role on AIM, that of leading auditor within
the public sector and biggest auditor of stock market companies outside of the
Big 4. People, both clients and staff, want to work with the best in the
business and that is what drives this merger.’

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