KPMG confirms Ferrier Hodgson acquisition

KPMG
Steve Parbery. Image courtesy Ferrier Hodgson.
heading to KPMG?
Glenn Livingstone. Image courtesy Ferrier Hodgson.

INO is not much given to gloating so in regards to yesterday’s announcement that KPMG was swallowing Ferrier Hodgson all we’ll say is: “We told you so”.

Back on February 8, 2019 in fact. In Ferrier Hodgson Merger With KPMG Imminent.

Now the acquisition term’s are confirmed – though we understand Adelaide’s holding out – perhaps because a former Ferrier’s partner never sold their equity after retiring – the firms will get down to the hard graft of practical integration.

From INO’s perspective one of the interesting elements to this story revolves around Ferrier Hodgson luring PPB Advisory’s Steve Parbery and Glenn Livingstone to the fold in July last year.

What did Ferriers know, if anything of a potential deal with KPMG?

Did those speaking with Parbery and Livingstone tell them their new home might soon be changing land lords?

Our mail is that KPMG is the front runner to get Parbery, who was unable to join PPB acquirer PwC due to conflicts relating to his role as special purpose liquidator of Queensland Nickel.

We have less of a handle on Livingstone and put the question about both practitioners’ fate early this morning to KPMG national head of restructuring Matthew Woods.

If he is able to respond we’ll update accordingly.

KPMG statement: KPMG and Ferrier Hodgson to merge

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Peter Gosnell
Peter Gosnell
Insolvency News Online illuminates the practice of insolvency Australia-wide, highlighting the triumphs and travails of the nation’s registered practitioners and the accounting and legal professionals who work with them. INO is produced by Peter Gosnell, former business editor and senior business reporter at The Daily Telegraph newspaper. During a decade-long career, your correspondent reported on such notable corporate collapses as HIH, One.Tel, Westpoint and Fincorp as well as some of the nation's highest profile bankruptcies and the investigations and prosecutions arising from Australia's most notorious instances of white-collar crime.

6 Comments on "KPMG confirms Ferrier Hodgson acquisition"

  1. You were a bit late off the mark. The AFR first published this in November 2018 (some four months before you).

    • Incorrect Anonymous. The AFR reported in November that some parters of FH may have been approached. The AFR did not report that an acquisition was on. You might also like to brush up on your arithmetic. INO published that the takeover was imminent on February 8, 2019. That’s less than three months after the November 20, 2018 AFR report you’ve mistakenly referenced.

  2. Hi Peter any word on whether some partners will not be offered the same position and whether staff will be put on 12month contracts which allegedly happened re pwc pbb

    • PPBA staff got offered by PwC permanent full time contracts and all their entitlements were transferred in full.

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