The new team brings not only a strong client base and expertise in the Chinese IPO, M&A and securities markets, but also in tax, consulting and risk advisory services.

The merger represents the second stage of a wider growth strategy for RSM in China, which began with Huapu Tianjian joining the RSM network in December 2018 and is designed to expand RSM’s footprint and service offering across mainland China. New offices will be opened in Xiamen, Wuxi, Fuzhou, Nanning and Nanjing and international client service hubs will be based in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International said: “China is a crucial market for our clients who are increasingly looking for coordinated cross-border expertise that spans the globe. When Huapu Tianjian joined the RSM network, we were excited by their ambition and their client service approach. This merger is the next step in an ongoing growth strategy which will see RSM China achieve top ten status and prominence as a key player in the Chinese market”.

Houfa Xiao, Managing Partner of Huapu Tianjian said: “Joining RSM has provided a platform for rapid growth. We have already climbed the rankings significantly and our short-term target is to join the top ten in China. With our new merger, as RSM China we will be even better placed to serve our national and international clients, and those of the wider RSM network looking to operate in the Chinese market.”