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News briefs, firm movements: BDO, Grant Thornton, Deloitte, PwC UK

Deloitte has launched a new a new leadership consulting practice following its acquisition of Bristol based Kaisen Consulting Ltd, a boutique leadership consultancy of business psychologists.

Kaisen counts 60 staff including 30 occupational psychologists based in the UK and US. Deloitte new practice will combine its existing leadership consulting research and Kaisen, the Big Four looks to hire 700 staff across its member firms by 2020 to fill in the ranks of the new practice.

Deloitte 's leadership consulting practice will initially be launched in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan and will offer clients services such as assessment tools, management development and leadership strategy.

PwC UK has acquired software company Ellis Financial Systems which rebranded into PwC Tax Information Reporting Ltd and will operate from London. The move aims to help clients deal with new tax requirements brought by the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the OECD's Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

BDO Austria
BDO Austria has added 65 professionals from Grant Thornton, including 10 partners.

Former Grant Thornton partner Andreas Bernhart said that following the move, clients will have access to a wider array of services and resources, while former Grant Thornton staff will have access to many more opportunities to pursue career growth.

BDO Austria managing partner Hans Peter Hoffmann said: "This expansion means that our firm is gaining not only leading industry experts with a strong reputation across the region for excellence, but also a number of prominent clients nationwide. With a new headcount of 500 staff and 40 partners, BDO is well placed to provide exceptional client service to family-owned businesses and leading middle market companies throughout Austria."

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