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Evelyn Partners has acquired Creaseys Group Limited, further expanding its professional services business strategy. Creaseys, with over 150 years of experience and a team of 50, specialises in advising private equity executives on their tax affairs. This acquisition complements Evelyn Partners’ organic growth efforts, following previous acquisitions of Leathers LLP and the Ashcroft Partnership LLP. With this addition, Evelyn Partners now has a network of offices in 28 towns and cities across the UK, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands.

Grant Thornton has appointed Andy Wood and Sophie Murton as partners in its Thames Valley and Southampton offices. Wood, who was previously the head of ethics and managing partner for Grant Thornton in Yorkshire and the North East, will focus on private capital investments. Murton, with over 20 years of experience, will provide insights and guidance to private equity-backed businesses while enhancing the firm’s growth in the region

MHA’s Corporate Finance team has advised Microba Life Sciences, an Australian ASX-listed business, on its acquisition of UK-based microbiome leader, Invivo Clinical Ltd. This acquisition expands Microba’s access to the UK healthcare market, encompassing private practice and the public NHS environment. Microba specialises in human gut microbiome solutions, and with Invivo’s microbiome test range, they see opportunities for sector growth.

Large accountancy firms, including PwC, Grant Thornton, and KPMG, have been recognized for their commitment to promoting social mobility and diversity in the workplace. PwC topped the Social Mobility Employer Index 2023, which assesses employers on various criteria related to social mobility. Grant Thornton, consistently in the top 10 since the index’s launch in 2017, prioritises data-driven social mobility initiatives. KPMG, in the top 5 for seven consecutive years, emphasises progress in this area. Other firms like EY and Deloitte also ranked on the index, highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion in the industry.

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