Browne Craine & Co/Harding Lewis Merger

Two of the Isle of Man’s leading independent accounting, tax, and audit firms, Harding Lewis and Browne Craine & Co are pleased to announce a merger of the two firms.

Speaking of the merger, Andrew Gerrard, consultant and former shareholder at Harding Lewis, said: ‘Since 1993, our focus has been to embed and strengthen the firm in the Isle of Man market, focusing on moving and adapting with our clients and the environments in which they do business.’

‘For us this merger is indicative of our ambition for the future of the business. Both firms have played a pivotal role as both accountant and business advisors to a wide range of clients, and I’m thrilled to see what the future holds. It’s an exciting time for both companies, its employees and our clients.’

Basil Bielich, director at Browne Craine & Co, agreed: ‘The addition of Harding Lewis and its team helps us to better serve our growing practice, and we are enthusiastic about continuing the high level of service and expertise the firm has provided its loyal clients.

‘We are delighted that Andrew will continue to work with the company in a consultancy capacity, helping to advise and support clients, as well as our team. He remains very much an active liaison for clients, continuing to provide valuable business advice and support.’

‘The relationships he has built over his years of service is a legacy that we are keen to continue building.’

‘Andrews new role will enable him to focus more of his time on client projects and consultancy, rather than on compliance work. His skills in business valuations, corporate structuring as well as liquidations and insolvency are in high demand and these are real growth areas for the business.’

The merger now boasts a team of over sixty professionals across both brands to service their dedicated client bases.

‘While we are very proud of the more than twenty-five-year history of our firm, we also recognised that the next step for our team and clients was to merge with a firm of comparable quality. Browne Craine & Co is firm bursting with experience, and without doubt it will enable us to expand and improve the services we offer to clients,’ said Phil Butler.

‘Both firms share the same philosophy of helping our clients grow and succeed, and the merger will broaden and deepen our existing industry specialisations, enabling us to offer more comprehensive business advice tailored to our clients, while enabling us to focus on additional areas of the financial services arena.’

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