Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has further strengthened its financial services team with the appointment of a new partner.\r\n\r\nIt has appointed Rahoel Patel to the firm\u2019s transaction services (TS) team, with a focus on the financial services sector. He has over 15 years\u2019 experience of advising both corporates and private equity houses on transactions across the UK, Europe and US.\r\n\r\nHis role at BDO will see Patel work alongside a range of financial services businesses, including wealth and asset managers, insurers and banks. He joins from EY and will be based in London.\r\n\r\nPatel said: \u201cFinancial services firms have been faced with a number of unprecedented challenges over the last few years as a result of Brexit, the pandemic and other geopolitical factors. Despite this, the sector has remained resilient and deal activity has been strong. I\u2019m looking forward to working with the growing team at BDO and advising more ambitious FS businesses to help them succeed.\u201d\r\n\r\nPaul Eagland, managing partner at BDO added: \u201cFinancial services firms are operating within increasingly complex regulatory environments and require high quality expertise in an adviser. We\u2019ve continued to invest in our team, with Rahoel being the fifth dedicated financial services partner we\u2019ve appointed in the last year.\r\n\r\n\u201cRahoel brings a great deal of experience with him and I have no doubt he\u2019ll be a valuable addition to our TS and FS teams.\u201d\r\n\r\nSince the start of this year BDO has appointed nine external individuals as partners across the firm.