EY Acquires RPR Partners

RPR Partners of San Diego has joined the private client services practice of New York-based EY (FY16 gross revenue of $11.2 billion). RPR founders and co-directors Robert Regnery and Kenneth Van Damme II, both previous EY professionals, are returning to the firm after having built their independent tax advisory practice.

“The addition of this team reflects our commitment to growing strategic areas with unmatched knowledge to meet each of our clients’ needs and to contribute to our EY Global family business center of excellence,” says Kate Barton, EY Americas vice chair of tax services.”

Regnery has 30 years of experience advising clients including private and public companies. He started his career in Chicago with EY before moving to San Diego. After nearly ten years with the real estate practices of EY and Kenneth Leventhal, Regnery joined Peterson & Co. where he led both the real estate group and the entrepreneurial services group before forming RPR Partners with Van Damme.

“Having previously worked at EY, Ken and I know that EY professionals strive to be trusted business advisors to their clients,” says Regnery. “They embrace our philosophy of addressing each client’s unique needs and helping organizations – and people – succeed in today’s complex and changing environment.”

Van Damme has more than 27 years of tax advisory experience in the real estate industry and with high net worth individuals. Prior to forming RPR Partners, he had been EY’s real estate tax compliance practice area leader for southern California.

“This moment in US tax policy is likely to impact all of our clients, and we now have access to incredible resources to support them. As part of the EY team, we can also offer clients broader, long-term support for generational wealth management strategies and family business transactions,” says Van Damme.