Californian firm BBR has joined JHI
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Smith & Williamson has appointed David
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Christopher Seyfarth has been appointed national leader …

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Arthur Anderson has recently paid costs of
£100,000 ($143,174) and a fine of £75,000 to the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Scotland. The Joint Disciplinary Tribunal,
chaired by D Anthony Evans QC, ordered the non-practising firm to
pay the sums following criticism of its audit of the London
International Group and SSL International in 1999 and 2000.

• Praxity US member firm BKD has appointed
Justin Roberts as national accounting and auditing assistant
director. Roberts has worked for six years in the firm’s Joplin
office as a member of the manufacturing and distribution group. In
his new role, Roberts will review assurance engagements, provide
technical support and training to BKD auditors, perform internal
office inspections and peer reviews, and help develop guidelines
for new accounting and auditing standards.

• Californian firm BBR has
joined JHI International in the US. BBR provides auditing,
accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals, non-profit
organisations and businesses. BBR has four offices, 11 partners and
66 staff. The San Francisco Bay-based firm was founded in 1973 and
also has a presence in the Monterey Peninsula.

• Christopher Seyfarth has been appointed
national leader of non-performing loan services at Ernst
& Young US
. In addition to his national role, Seyfarth
will lead the transaction real estate services group for Ernst
& Young’s Pacific Northwest region. Seyfarth has been a partner
in the firm’s transaction real estate practice since 1991. He has
focused on the distressed debt markets in China, Taiwan, Japan,
Korea, Thailand, Germany and other European countries, providing
sellers and investors advisory, due diligence, valuation, modelling
and other transaction services.

• Australian consolidator WHK
Group
’s operating revenue has grown 15 percent to A$224
million ($143 million) in the six months to 31 December 2008. The
growth was driven by the business service division, which increased
21 percent to A$172 million, as well as a 4 percent rise on the net
contribution from member firms to A$44 million. Financial services
revenue only increased 1 percent largely due to a decline in
financial planning work.

• UK firm Kingston Smith Association
Management
(KSAM) has acquired Resources for Associations
(RfA). RfA provides professional support to membership
organisations in the UK and Europe and will continue to operate as
KSAM from its office in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Kingston Smith has
53 partners, employs 400 people and has six offices across London
and the South East.

• US Baker Tilly member Blum
Shapiro
has merged with Connecticut firm Nishball Carp
Niedemeier Pacowta (NCNP). Seven NCNP principals and 23 staff
members will join Blum Shapiro. The new entity will operate under
the Blum Shapiro banner with 300 staff and offices in West
Hartford, Shelton and Southport in Connecticut, and New York. NCNP
serves non-profit organisations and private businesses in the
construction, manufacturing, distribution, real estate and
technology industries.

• Sancho Simmonds has been appointed assurance
and business services director of UK firm Smith &
Williamson
. Simmonds will work closely with global
accounting network Nexia International, focussing on developing
services to international groups and private equity companies. One
of his major projects will be to support business between the UK
and the US within Nexia International as the US moves towards
adopting IFRS. Simmonds previously worked for 14 years at
PricewaterhouseCoopers as an assurance director advising companies
listed in the FTSE 250.

• New York-based MGI member firm Graf
Repetti & Co
has joined local professional services
firm Buchanan Associates. The new entity, Buchanan Associates, will
specialise in audit and tax, as well as financial industry
regulations and compliance. The firm will be based at Graf
Repetti’s main offices. Vincent Buchanan, founder of Buchanan
Associates, will remain the firm’s chief executive.

• Robert Kiser is to take over as managing
partner of US firm Moore Colson. Kiser joined the
firm in 1985 and has been partner for more than 11 years. Moore
Colson, a member of IGAF Worldwide, provides tax, assurance, real
estate, management consulting, estate and financial planning, and
IT audit consulting services. The firm is based in Atlanta and
employs 80 staff.

Smith & Williamson has
appointed David Blenkarn as a director in its restructuring and
recovery services department. Smith & Williamson head of
restructuring and recovery services Stephen Cork said Blenkarn’s
appointment aims to enhance the firm’s service offering to
businesses struggling to survive the recession. Blenkarn, who
specialises in turnaround services, was previously a partner at
PricewaterhouseCoopers.

• Leading Edge Alliance member firm
Kafoury, Armstrong & Co has appointed Kevin
Green as a staff accountant in its Reno office. The firm has six
offices based in the state of Nevada. Green will perform interim
audits and prepare financial statements and individual federal
income tax returns.

Grant Thornton UK continues
to audit the most companies in the UK’s Alternative Investment
Market (AIM) despite the top five AIM audit firms losing almost 30
clients between them due to the economic crisis, according to
financial research company Hemscott. Grant Thornton audited 213
AIM-listed clients in the latest quarterly survey, down 13 clients
since the previous quarter. Second-placed KPMG UK remained constant
with a client number of 188 over the past two quarters. BDO Stoy
Hayward followed with 134 clients, a drop of seven clients.

KPMG has appointed Adrian
Scholtz to lead its renewable energy corporate finance activities
in the UK and Germany. He has worked in the sector for more than
seven years advising transactions worth more than €1 billion ($1.28
billion). Scholtz spent five years at Ernst & Young in the
renewable energy field and was most recently chief executive of
renewable energy consultancy Green Peninsula.

• XBRL International has elected
PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Mike Willis as the
new chair of its international steering committee. Other members
ratified are Diane Muller as first vice-chair representing
jurisdictions, Liv Watson as second vice-chair representing
members-at-large and Arleen Thomas as treasurer. David van den Ende
of Deloitte Netherlands, Ralf Frank of DVFA Germany, Josef
Macdonald of Ernst & Young UK, Michal Piechocki of BR-AG Poland
and Li Wei of the China Securities Regulatory Commission have been
elected as members-at-large for the committee.