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Merger adds up to $1.2bn.

BAKER Tilly and HLB Kidsons have announced a merger which creates the eighth largest accountancy firm in the UK with annual fees in excess of pounds 150m.

The merger will take effect from 1 April 2002. The new firm will operate under the Baker Tilly brand, with the global arm rebranded as Baker Tilly International to become the 11th largest accountancy network in the world with a US turnover of $1.2bn.

The merger will be particularly important locally, as it will create one of the leading accountancy firms in the region with over 100 staff and ten partners at offices in Liverpool, Chester and Warrington.

Andrew Baker, office managing partner at HLB Kidsons' Liverpool and Chester offices said: "This merger enhances our competitive position in the region by enabling us to provide market-leading services to entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses and smaller quoted companies.

"We now have the resources, expanded skill base and geographical spread to fulfil our corporate vision of becoming the business adviser of choice for ambitious, growing businesses."

Alan Tranter, office managing partner for Baker Tilly, Warrington and Chester says, "We are committed to building our business in the region and combining our expertise to create a strong regional practice which enables us to provide our clients with an enhanced range of services."

Baker Tilly will have over 2000 members of staff, including nearly 300 partners and will be a leading provider of professional services to entrepreneurial businesses.

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Date:Jan 8, 2002
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