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September 24, 2009updated 29 Apr 2022 7:44am

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PEOPLE Network appoints accounting and education director

Crowe Horwath International has appointed Howard Sibelman as accounting and education director.

In his new role, Sibelman will be responsible for providing leadership on training initiatives and accounting technical support. His duties include assisting with quality assurance reviews throughout the network to ensure compliance with audit quality delivery standards.

Previously, Sibelman was the director of continuing education for a US accounting firm and was also business assurance partner at US firm Moss Adams. Sibelman has extensive accounting, auditing and consulting experience with middle-market companies in sectors including manufacturing, distribution, entertainment, hospitality and real estate. 

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Berk acquires PwC office in Holland

Dutch mid-tier firm Berk has acquired a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) office in Goes, the Netherlands.

The Big Four firm sold off the office as part of a PwC strategy to leave the regional SME market. The office, which comprises 60 staff, will officially become a part of Berk in October.

Berk is a member of Baker Tilly International and earned revenue of €90.5 million ($132 million) in its 2007/08 financial year. The firm has 19 offices and more than 900 staff across the Netherlands. It is the seventh-largest firm in the country, according to International Accounting Bulletin data.

Goes is a town in the Zeeland region and has a population of about 36,000 people.

STRATEGY INPACT recruits Slovakian firm

INPACT International has added Slovakian firm bnt to its membership.

The admission expands the INPACT International presence in East Europe, where it is represented by firms in Belarus, Hungary, Poland and Russia.

bnt was established in 2007 as a group of lawyers but now specialises in providing tax advisory and accounting services. The firm has three partners and eight staff. Tax services account for 95 percent of its fee income.

Meanwhile, INPACT will celebrate its 20th anniversary in October by hosting a four day conference in Vienna.

Martin Manuzi of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales is among the keynote speakers.

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