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Professional Services: EY Ireland announces 24 new Associate Partners across five locations on back of FY fee income growth in ROI of 28% in year to June Back
Friday 9th November 2018: EY Ireland today announced the appointment of 24 new Associate Partners across the island of Ireland. The professional services firm last week also reported strong growth in employee headcount and revenue figures, with double-digit growth, driven by strong performance across its four service lines, Assurance, Tax, Advisory, and Transaction Advisory. In its financial year to end June 2018, EY recorded fee income growth of 28% in the Republic of Ireland to €316 million for the year to 30 June 2018 , up from €247 million in its financial year 2017, with 14% growth in headcount to 2,245 employees for the same period.

Assurance has seen the highest number of appoints, with 14 new Associate Partners, five of whom are located outside of Dublin:

  • Waterford-based Tom O’Keeffe leads EY’s audit and assurance business in the South East, with primary focus areas including life sciences, food and agribusiness, and technology.

  • Limerick-based Andy Clery has been at EY for over nine years, with extensive experience in Wealth and Asset Management, advising clients on a diverse range of topics, including regulation implementation, technical accounting, and loan reviews.

  • EY Cork appoints Ian Gregory, who serves the Irish and EMEIA operations of some of the firm’s largest clients, and has been with EY for over 15 years.

  • The Belfast office sees two new Associate Partners in Neil Warnock and Sean Duffy, who is the Innovation Markets Leader for the Irish practice, and has been with EY for over 10 years.

    The Dublin office has seen the appointment of nine new Associate Partners within Assurance – Guido Franken, Kieran Daly, Siobhan Orsi, Mike Johnson, Teresa Tully, Louise Whyte, Dean Philips, Phil Goodwin, and Michael Christie.

  • Guido Franken specilises in listed and large complex clients. He has led capital market transactions including IPOs, Class 1 transactions and numerous bond offerings both in the US and Europe.

  • Kieran Daly works in the Wealth and Asset Management industry, advising clients on regulation implementation, technical accounting, investment valuation and asset quality.

  • Siobhan Orsi heads up the firm’s Regulatory and Independence team.

  • Mike Johnson sits within EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) team, primarily focusing on the Life Sciences industry.

  • Teresa Tully has been with EY for seven years and has extensive experience serving a broad range of public listed entities, together with subsidiaries of listed multinationals and domestic clients, in an audit and advisory capacity on a diverse range of topics including regulation implementation, technical accounting and internal control reviews.

  • Louise Whyte has over 13 years’ experience in our Assurance practice, focusing a significant portion of her time on delivering international audits to Irish based multinational groups. She has extensive experience in the area of Internal Control over Financial Reporting and in delivering innovative audit solutions to her clients.

  • Dean Phillips provides assurance and advisory services to the wealth & asset management sector, having spent two years in the firm’s New York office. His clients include some of the largest European and US investment fund managers and service providers.

  • Phil Goodwin is part of EY’s Forensic and Integrity Services team, specialising in investigations including fraud, asset tracing, regulatory reviews, proactive data reviews and fraud analytics; and expert witness including commercial disputes, loss of profits, professional negligence and eDiscovery.

  • Belfast based Michael Christie has been with EY for over 25 years within the firm’s Assurance practice, advising some of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses.

    EY’s Tax team sees the appointment of six new Associate Partners.

  • Darragh McCarthy joins from KPMG, heading up the Private Client Services team, and bringing with him extensive experience in providing tax advice to Irish and international companies and owner-managed businesses.

  • Amanda Murphy heads up the Customer Tax Transparency business, which she built in EY Ireland, to service the local financial services market, and leads a team offering innovative solutions across EY's wider EMEIA business as a Virtual Centre of Excellence.

  • Dave Barry has been with EY for over 19 years, and leads the Transaction Tax team, specialising in mergers, acquisitions and private equity.

  • Enda Jordan is a corporate tax specialist who leads EY’s Tax controversy services. He has a particular focus on natural resources, oil and gas, and multinational businesses.

  • Belfast based Neville Crowe has extensive experience in advising on transactions and structuring in a variety of commercial sectors. Experience includes advising on group reorganisations, tax restructuring, tax due diligence, cross border tax structuring, renewable energy / infrastructure assets, complex business reorganisations, transaction tax and private equity and the acquisitions and disposals of assets.

  • Rory MacIver, who has been with EY for over 13 years, works within the International Tax Services Team, serving some of the largest multinational companies.

    EY added three new Associate Partners to the firm’s Advisory practice, based in Dublin.

  • Cork based Sean Casey leads the Energy and Assets practice, and has extensive experience in the area of energy, utilities and business experience.

  • John Clinton has been with EY for over 10 years and works within the Risk Advisory team in the firm’s EMEIA Financial Services.

  • Bevin Power-Mooney, also works within EMEIA Financial Services, within the Risk Advisory team, and has over 13 years’ experience working in the sector.

    The Transaction Advisory Services team appointed Ian Kelly. He works in Transaction Diligence, and has extensive experience in a full range of financial due diligence services including buy and sell side due diligence, refinancing due diligence, stock exchange transactions and independent business reviews. He specialises in due diligence services and completion advice for a wide range of mid-market private equity and corporate accounts in London and the broader UK and Irish markets.

    Commenting on the apppointments, Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner, EY Ireland said: “Our Associate Partner appointments, alongside our wider jobs and Equity Partner announcements earlier this year, reflect our confidence in the Irish economy and our EY ambition to further accelerate how we support our clients and our people in the years to come. I look forward to seeing the contribution our new Associate Partners will make in leading our clients through today’s constantly-evolving business landscape, helping them to develop innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities they face today and foresee into the future. I would like to congratulate all 24 Associate Partners on this significant milestone in their EY careers and wish them the very best as they help to lead our business confidently into the future, with a firm sense of pride and purpose in building a better working world.”

    On the year's overall results O'Keeffe said: 'We are redefining how we use technology across both our traditional and new services. We made a number of key hires in emerging technology in Ireland in FY18, building on the strength of our now 130-strong data analytics and technology team. As part of our innovation drive, we will continue to focus on areas like financial services, cyber, risk management, managed services, software, digital tax and digital audit, and we anticipate a significant increase in the number of people we employ in these areas in Ireland over the next two years.”

    'Performance in Transaction Advisory Services was driven by a solid pipeline over the course of the financial year. A number of strategic investments have also contributed to this growth, including the acquisition of DKM Economic Consultants, bolstering the firm’s unique Economic Advisory team, and complementing the existing Government & Infrastructure offering.

    'The firm’s core Audit (Assurance) practice continues to perform strongly, in line with previous years, driven by a number of key wins in the plc, private middle market and government sectors, and differential investment in innovative growth areas such as Data Analytics and the Global Statutory Reporting Centre of Excellence.

    On Tax growth he said 'Disruption of the tax profession is not coming from a start-up or an app, rather from tax authorities investing in technology and capabilities allowing them to examine data in new ways, leading to demands for more data, more quickly, to the same levels of accuracy'.

    Commenting on the year;s financial results Eoin MacManus, Managing Partner, EY Ireland Financial Servicessaid: “We have delivered double-digit growth again this year as a result of client demand around Accounting Change (IFRS9), GDPR, Aviation Finance, Structured Finance and Brexit Advisory. While politicians continue their negotiations on a Brexit deal, FS firms are finalising their plans to relocate.

    'Our most recent Brexit Tracker shows Dublin as the most popular choice for relocation, and we’ve seen marked revenue growth associated with supporting FS firms with Central Bank applications and advising them relocating their operations to Ireland. This activity will ramp up as we edge closer to the March deadline. Over the next year, we see our business continuing to perform strongly as we gear up to advise our FS clients on further Accounting Change (IFRS17 & IBOR), Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence and Brexit.'

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