BDO Dunwoody LLP and Hudson LLP merger creates 6th largest accounting firm in Calgary

    CALGARY, June 18 /CNW/ - Hudson LLP and BDO Dunwoody LLP have agreed to
merge their professional services. The merged offices will operate under the
BDO Dunwoody LLP name.
    BDO will provide accounting and advisory services to both public and
private companies, building on the successful operations of both BDO Dunwoody
and Hudson in the Calgary marketplace.
    Both firms are highly successful today operating as independent entities.
Together, there will be over 150 staff, including 18 partners, 20 senior
managers and managers and 120 staff. Additionally, clients will have access to
an expanded talent pool of 1,300 professionals and over 300 partners across
Canada and as a member firm of BDO International, access to a network that
spans over 100 countries.
    According to Jim Scott, Managing Partner of Hudson, "This is an
opportunity to expand the services we provide to our clients. With the
geographic reach and the bench strength of BDO in Canada and the BDO
International network, we will ensure that our client's needs are met as they
grow while opening the door to greater opportunities within the marketplace."
    Pat Kramer, Calgary Managing Partner of BDO Dunwoody, comments that,
"This merger not only helps us maintaining a strong position in our local
marketplace but the combined firm will have enhanced strength, capacity,
depth, and market credibility to compete in marketplaces across Canada."
    Keith Farlinger, CEO of BDO Dunwoody adds "Calgary is an important
marketplace for BDO to show market leadership and merging with another market
leader like Hudson LLP clearly indicates that we are proactively seeking
opportunities to grow our business and enhance what we can offer to our
clients to make BDO, More than you think."
    This merger will benefit current clients by providing them with the best
of both worlds; the quality, dedicated services they have become accustomed to
and a greatly expanded breadth of services that include assurance, taxation,
business advisory services such as financial and risk advisory services, and
valuation services.

    About BDO Dunwoody LLP

    BDO Dunwoody LLP
    Chartered Accountants and Advisors

    BDO Dunwoody LLP is an entrepreneurially-spirited accounting and advisory
firm. As Canada's dominant firm serving mid-sized businesses with more than 95
offices nationwide, BDO has the size and strength to present clients with a
full range of comprehensive professional services. BDO Dunwoody provides
clients with access to the advisors around the globe as a Member Firm of BDO
International, which has more than 20,000 professionals in over 100 countries.
    BDO International is a worldwide network of public accounting firms,
called BDO Member Firms. Each BDO Member Firm is an independent legal entity
in its own country. The network is coordinated by BDO Global Coordination
B.V., incorporated in The Netherlands, with its statutory seat in Eindhoven
(trade register registration number 33205251) and with an office at Boulevard
de la Woluwe 60, 1200 Brussels, Belgium, where the International Executive
Office is located.

    About Hudson LLP

    Established in 1973, Hudson is one of Alberta's largest independent
firms. As an industry leader, the firm has the long tradition of providing
dedicated, reliable service in Western Canada. From owner-managed business to
emerging junior venturers, start-up to succession planning, Hudson's longevity
speaks to their clients' success.

For further information:

For further information: In Calgary: Pat Kramer, (403) 531-0538 or Jim
Scott, (403) 265-0340; Nationally: Gordon Lee, (416) 369-3050 or

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