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BDO Guernsey directors buy firm from global group

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BDO GUERNSEY is now an independent firm within the global BDO organisation in its own right following a management buyout of the local business.

BDO Guernsey management buyout, left to right, Justin Hallett, Andre Trebert, Richard Searle and Stuart Phillips. (Picture by Chris George)

The Guernsey firm’s board of directors – Richard Searle, Andre Trebert, Justin Hallett and Stuart Phillips – have purchased the business from BDO LLP in the UK, making BDO Limited a wholly-owned Guernsey company.

BDO Guernsey employs more than 80 people on the island, has local heritage stretching back more than a century and is now looking towards further growth. The business has been part of the BDO international network since the early 1990s and merged with BDO LLP in the UK in 2012 to draw on synergies between the UK and Channel Islands markets at the time.

‘As part of the UK firm, and as a member of the global BDO organisation, BDO in Guernsey has seen tremendous growth over the last six years, both in our client portfolio and our employee base,’ said Mr Searle, BDO Guernsey’s managing director.

‘Today, Guernsey is experiencing change across the private and public sectors as well as to the island’s wider position in global markets.

‘Our UK and Guernsey leadership teams have agreed that now is the right time to reinstate a management decision-making model in Guernsey which can directly apply BDO’s future interests to local current trends and developments – and we’re really looking forward to doing that.’

He added: ‘The BDO experience will remain consistent and focused on delivering exceptional service to all of our clients in Guernsey, wherever they’re located.

‘The leadership team here in Guernsey will progress our next phase of growth through focused local expertise and autonomy, combined with the strength of our global organisation to take our business forward.’

Trond-Morten Lindberg, BDO’s EMEA region CEO, said: ‘I’m glad to see BDO Guernsey taking this step.

‘BDO’s global strategy is founded on the collective strengths of our firms and what we can achieve together, pooling our expert knowledge for the benefit of our clients.

‘This approach relies on being able to provide specialist local market understanding that can fuel international growth.’

Will Green

By Will Green
Business Editor

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