Last week, audit and advisory firm DFK Crosbie announced that they will merge with the Newcastle and Hunter Valley practice of Pitcher Partners.
The merger will see DFK Crosbie take on the Pitcher Partners brand from 15 November 2021 and will be jointly led by Pitcher Partners Newcastle and Hunter’s current Managing Partner, Michael Minter and DFK Crosbie’s Managing Partner, Shaun Mahony.
Discussing the merger, Michael Minter said that the amalgamation will see the continued emphasis on providing personalised services that will build on the current foundation for long-term, rewarding, and mutually beneficial relationships.
“It is about providing our clients with absolutely the best advice and outcomes; it is about combining our shared knowledge, experiences, talent, and passion for our clients, so that their business continues to grow and seize newfound opportunities,” Michael said.
“Being a client of Pitcher Partners means having access to expertise and knowhow from our network of firms across Australia and around the world. Merging provides significant scale, and it will further strengthen the firms’ presence in the region.”
Both Pitcher Partners and DFK Crosbie have a long history in providing clients with a great depth of skill and expertise, focussing on helping clients achieve their goals through many practice areas, including business advisory, tax, audit, SMSF, wealth management, and finance.
DFK Crosbie joins Pitcher Partners with specialist knowledge of the hospitality industry, and the merged firm will continue to offer expertise across a diverse range of industry sectors including, family and privately owned businesses, manufacturing, transport, medical, property and construction, as well as NFP and aged care.
Shaun Mahony commented that the team will focus not only on helping businesses manage their finances effectively for long-term stability and growth, but it will truly partner with the community.
The newly merged firm will take on a leading role in each of its client’s journeys, guiding them every step of the way, no matter how simple or difficult their path may be.
“There is nothing more rewarding to us as advisors than seeing our clients be successful. As we emerge from lockdown, the future is bright, and we are truly excited about the opportunities 2022 will bring. We want to support businesses and our clients to seize those new opportunities,” Shaun said.
Throughout the merger process, both Pitcher Partners and DFK Crosbie were united in their vision and mission, to putting clients and the community first.
“The firms’ real strength is our fantastic people, and we can assure our clients that on 15 November, that our focus will remain on exceptional service, and continuing to build personal relationships.”
Their strong community presence means that they will be able to provide the region and greater NSW with further expertise, long into the future.
With a strong alignment in values, culture and approach to servicing clients, the combined firm aims to provide a greater opportunity to serve our business community and provide amazing career opportunities for their people.
The merged firm will have upwards of 140 team members, including 12 partners, and have offices located in Newcastle and Maitland.
The five Directors of both firms well established wealth management practices will join forces as well.
The union will add to the strength of the Pitcher Partners national network, and globally through the Baker Tilly International network.
IMAGE | Pitcher Partners Managing Partner, Michael Minter.
Pitcher Partners is a national association of accounting, audit and advisory firms.
The Hunter firm (formerly Farrow Wyatt) has offices in Newcastle, Maitland and Singleton. It has been serving Hunter clients for more than 40 years. Its six partners and 50 staff have strong local knowledge, experience and expertise across a range of industries.
Pitcher Partners is also a member of Baker Tilly International, giving clients access to resources internationally.