Waikato chartered accounting and business advisory firms PKF Hamilton and Robertson Fulton have announced they will be joining forces, creating a bigger mid-market presence in the region offering full accounting, audit, tax and advisory services.

Under the PKF brand, the newly merged firm will be effective from 1 January 2019, continuing to operate out of the PKF Hamilton’s central offices in Victoria Street.

With five partners and 46 staff, the combined firm will deliver an expanded service offering, including audit, transaction advisory, management consulting along with enhancing the already strong capabilities both firms have in rural and not-for-profit sectors.

PKF Hamilton Managing Partner Bernard Lamusse says that in a growing and globalised economy, joining forces to build breadth and depth of expertise and resources is empowering and enabling for the business and their clients alike.

“The merger brings together two locally owned and operated firms which enjoy cultural and client service synergies,” said Mr Lamusse.

“Our clients will enjoy the same service with access to greater depth of expertise and with no impact on fees.”

Robertson Fulton partner Matthew Fulton sees that a significant benefit of joining PKF Hamilton is becoming part of the PKF network, knowing that the increase in capacity and deeper level of expertise will assist in adding value to their clients’ businesses.

“This collaboration will deliver a broader service offering to our clients, underpinned by the strong national and international network that PKF has and provide opportunities for our staff to continue to grow with us – all while remaining a locally owned accountancy firm that will continue to deliver the highest levels of client service.”

The three other partners alongside Bernard Lamusse and Matthew Fulton are Alison Nation, Steven Stark and Glen Martyn.