Atlantic firm A.C. Poirier & Associates joins Grant Thornton

TORONTO/HALIFAX, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - National accounting, tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP announced today that effective December 1, 2011, New Brunswick-based insolvency and restructuring firm A. C. Poirier & Associates Inc. will join Grant Thornton.

"We are pleased to welcome A.C. Poirier & Associates to the Grant Thornton team," said Phil Noble, Executive Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Grant Thornton LLP. "Not only have they established a strong reputation in the Atlantic region, but they share our passion and dedication to serving clients. As the newest members of this firm, they will join us in our shared commitment to a culture of excellence in client service and to serving the communities across Canada in which we work and live."

A.C. Poirier & Associates Inc. is a respected firm with a significant recovery and reorganization practice. Their head office is located in Saint John, New Brunswick, with four other offices in the province (Moncton, Fredericton, Grand Falls, and Bathurst). They also have offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The partners in the firm are seasoned professionals with extensive corporate and consumer insolvency experience. They bring passion and caring to their work with clients and are recognized leaders in providing solutions to financially challenged individuals and businesses.

"We are excited to be able to bring the strength of the Grant Thornton brand to the work that we do and to align ourselves with a firm that shares our interest in maintaining a strong local presence and delivery of services," adds Ann Poirier and Paul Stehelin, partners in A.C. Poirier & Associates. "We believe this is the natural next step in our shared growth, and we look forward to continuing to serve individuals and businesses in Atlantic Canada under the new banner."

"This merger adds to our already strong presence in New Brunswick. Together we will be stronger in the marketplace, benefiting our respective clients and people," said Kevin Ladner, Regional Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada, Grant Thornton LLP. "Joining with A.C. Poirier & Associates Inc. will allow us to strengthen our Recovery and Reorganization capability and provide a platform to build the personal bankruptcy practice in the Atlantic region. They also add to our growing Recovery and Reorganization presence across Canada by joining over 300 dedicated R&R professionals from coast to coast, including Grant Thornton Canada's presence in Quebec by way of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, and bolstering our leadership position."

About Grant Thornton in Canada
Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. Together with the Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton in Canada has approximately 4,000 people in offices across Canada. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in close to 100 countries worldwide.

SOURCE Grant Thornton LLP

For further information:

Tania Freedman
Senior Manager, Media Relations
Grant Thornton LLP
T +1 (416) 607-2745
tania.freedman@ca.gt.com


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