Julia Irvine 16 Apr 2018 03:42pm

Andersen does deal with second UK firm

International association Andersen Global acquired a second foothold in the UK last week when it signed a collaboration agreement with London-based tax practice Mark Davies & Associates (MDA)

The move follows an earlier collaboration deal which was agreed with reading-based VAT practice rbcVAT at the beginning of March.

Andersen Global was set up in 2013 by Andersen Tax, the US tax practice founded by 23 former Arthur Andersen partners in 2002 in the wake of the demise of the Big Five firm.

Since then the global association has expanded into 89 locations through member and collaborating firms which together have a combined workforce of more than 2,500 tax and legal professionals. The tie-up with the two UK firms is Andersen Global’s first foray into the UK market.

“The UK is a critical market for our client base and support our model of best-in-class service capabilities,” said Mark Vorsatz, Andersen Global chair and chief executive of Andersen Tax.

“This collaboration [with MDA] is an essential component in our European expansion which, together with the VAT practice at rbcVAT, gives us an enhanced ability to provide seamless services throughout the UK.”

MDA, which specialises in cross-border tax advice for international clients, was set up in 2007 by Mark Davies, the firm’s managing director. He sees the collaboration as a means of tapping into Andersen Global’s wider reach and expertise on behalf of his clients. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with a firm with whom we share a common commitment to providing exceptional service to our clients through a responsive and individually tailored approach.”

Roger Bevan set up rcbVAT. He is an Arthur Andersen alumnus and “the first dedicated Andersen recruit in VAT in Europe”. The firm offers pan-European VAT advice and consultancy services.

Andersen Tax hit the headlines last year when it was forced to sue a French firm which had laid claim to the Andersen trademarks that Andersen Tax had been steadily acquiring since 2007 and launched itself as a global network called Arthur Andersen & Co. So far Andersen Tax has won cases against the firm in the US, South America and India.