PricewaterhouseCoopers and Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co. join practices

TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Canada and Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co. LLP of Toronto are joining their practices effective October 1, 2009. Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel's office at 400 Bradwick Drive, Concord will become PwC's York Region Private Company Services office.

PwC and Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co. both serve private company clients ranging from start-ups to larger organizations. Both firms have a strong private company client base-particularly in the real estate and construction industries.

"PwC has a complementary client base to our own and is equally committed to helping Greater Toronto Area private companies and their owners succeed," says Jag Patel, Managing Partner of Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co. "By joining our practices, our clients will receive the same personalized service but will also have access to additional services and expertise to help solve virtually any complex business issue." Mr. Patel will be the leader of the PwC York Region Private Company Services office.

"PwC has a dedicated Private Company Services practice and real estate industry group and growing these practices is a major strategic focus of the firm", says Israel Mida, Greater Toronto Area Leader of PwC's Private Company Services practice. "As we expand our practice in the GTA, we continue to look for opportunities to join with other high quality professional services firms to add to our client base, our people resources and our industry knowledge. Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co. has been a very successful firm and a leading player in the real estate and construction industry for many years and we are looking forward to building on our collective strengths and experience as leaders in serving the privately owned real estate and construction market." PwC has been named as one of the country's best places to work for the past 5 years, according to the 2009 listing of Canada's Top 100 Employers. PwC has also been named a Top 75 employer in the GTA for the past three years. Mida adds, "This transaction will create remarkable new opportunities for staff to learn and grow."

About Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co.

Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co. is a well-known and highly respected firm based in York Region, and has been serving private companies and their owners for over 50 years. Goldfarb, Shulman, Patel & Co. shares PwC's commitment to providing distinctive client service. through the recruitment and development of outstanding professionals.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers' Private Company Services

More than 65% of PwC's Canadian clients are private companies of all sizes. PwC's Private Company Services group is a dedicated team of professionals who help managers and owners of privately owned companies resolve day-to-day business issues and take their businesses to the next level. Whether a privately owned company is considering hiring a professional services firm for the first time, or looking to add to its pool of business advisors, the members of our Private Company Services practice offer specialized industry knowledge, business advisory, tax and accounting expertise.

For more information about PwC's Private Company Services, please visit www.pwc.com/ca/pcs.

SOURCE PwC

For further information: For further information: Carolyn Forest, (416) 814-5730, carolyn.forest@ca.pwc.com

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