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BDO merges with Cunningham LLP to expand in the Greater Toronto Area

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BDO Canada LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its professional practice in Markham, Ontario. Effective January 1, 2015, Cunningham LLP will operate under the BDO name to bring an expanded range of services to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

With locations in Burlington, Markham, Mississauga, and Toronto, this merger will expand BDO's presence in the GTA to almost 70 partners and 500 professionals and staff. Cunningham's five partners and 25 team members will bring in-depth knowledge and experience working with owner-managers, including industry expertise in retail pharmacies and auto dealerships.

Mark Goodfield, Managing Partner, stated: "BDO is a like-minded entrepreneurial firm, and this merger enables us to significantly strengthen our ability to serve our clients by providing a greater depth of expertise and access to enhanced service offerings."

Allan Rudolph, Office Managing Partner of BDO's Markham office, stated: "We are thrilled to be merging with Cunningham. The combined strength of our teams will help us meet the growing needs of businesses in the Greater Toronto Area."

"The GTA team looks forward to welcoming Cunningham to our Markham practice," added David McEown, Regional Managing Partner. "As a firm built on similar values, we feel that their hands-on approach and specialized industry expertise will be a great asset to our clients."

Cunningham was established in 1971 and is a full service, mid-market public accounting firm in North Toronto that provides a wide range of services to privately-held companies. In addition to specialized accounting, tax, and business advisory services, the firm helps entrepreneurs meet their personal financial goals with planning solutions for issues such as family succession and retirement.

BDO is one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Canada with over 100 offices across the country. The firm provides clients with assurance, accounting, taxation, financial and risk advisory services, business transition services, IT solutions, insolvency services, and more. This merger will build on the successful operations of both firms and offer clients enhanced services from a knowledgeable team of professionals. The transition will begin mid-November with Cunningham's move to BDO's Markham location.

About BDO

BDO is one of the largest national accounting and advisory partnerships in Canada with over 100 offices nationwide. Our professionals have the expertise to serve owner-managed businesses, large enterprises, public companies, the public sector, and communities and not-for-profit organizations in a broad range of industries. As a member firm of the international BDO network, we also have access to advisors around the globe with over 1,000 offices in more than 100 countries.

BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.

BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.

CONTACT: Emily McCauley, emccauley@bdo.caSource: BDO Canada