KS International (KSi) and Morison International (MI) have merged to form a $1bn (£700m) strong international association.
The name of the new association will be Morison KSi and will have 1,201 partners, 8,990 professional staff across 375 offices in 88 countries. The merger will be effective as of 1 April 2016.
The merger provides MI with a strong UK member in Kingston Smith, the top 20 firm and founding member of KS International, and expanded US representation. For KSi, the merger provides a ‘solid platform’ to accelerate the association’s growth ambitions, the associations said in a joint statement.
Mark Levenfus, managing partner of Marks Paneth in New York, will serve as chairman. Graham Tyler, partner and head of business development at Kingston Smith will serve as vice chairman. Liza Robbins will be CEO of the merged association.
“After overseeing 26 years of year-on-year growth and record levels of business referred around the world, this merger provides a greater footprint for KSi to pursue new opportunities, build stronger connections for clients and ultimately enhance our service offerings,” said Sir Michael Snyder, chairman of KSi.
Richard Oddy, Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn and Rory Goldthorpe have been appointed to senior roles in key sectors of high growth, with a further 17 junior and experienced hires
Richard White, Nicola Westbrooke and Richard Ross all join from KPMG, where they oversaw the real estate tax practice
Sheryl Davis joins the firm's High Wycombe office from Barnes Roffe
The appointments have been made across the VAT, audit and international tax teams