PracticeAccounting FirmsBDO Seidman prospers as $521m suit lingers

BDO Seidman prospers as $521m suit lingers

Stateside arm of BDO global network posts double digit growth as demand for forensic and anti-money laundering services increases

BDO Seidman, the US firm appealing against a $521m (£261m) damage claim, has
posted a 12% increase in its revenues.

The firm said its had made $659m for the year ended 30 June, compared with
$589m in the previous year, citing more activity in the areas of forensic
services and anti-money laundering.

The revenue increase will come as a boost for the firm after Portuguese
company Banco Espirito Santo successfully argued that BDO Seidman was negligent
in its audits of factoring company Bankest, leading to the massive penalty.

BDO Seidman is currently in efforts to have the
ruling
overturned
.

‘BDO Consulting experienced especially strong growth driven by increased
demand for the group’s anti-money laundering, e-discovery and other forensic
services,’ BDO Seidman chief executive Jack Weisbaum said.

Assurance and tax services also showed continued growth, at 7% and 11.2%,
respectively. Assurance represents 62% of BDO Seidman’s business, the tax
practice 23% and consulting 11% of revenue. The remaining 4% reflected other
services such as real estate, wealth management and software sales, the company
said.

‘BDO Seidman’s positive operating results in the intervening time period is
powerful evidence that the firm’s partners and clients believe the firm will
ultimately prevail in reversing this verdict,’ a spokesman added.

Further reading:

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International distances itself from $521m claim

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