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Andrew Hicks Joins Frazier & Deeter as VP of Risk Assurance and National Practice Leader

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY18 net revenue of $96 million) announces that Andrew Hicks has joined the firm as national practice leader for HITRUST and vice president of risk assurance.

“Andrew’s extensive experience with security risk and controls, particularly within the HITRUST framework, makes him an excellent addition to our team,” says Sabrina Serafin, partner and national practice leader of process, risk and governance.

Hicks specializes in working with organizations to adopt, implement and manage information security programs, specifically related to HITRUST, HIPAA regulatory compliance, risk management and SOC examination procedures. His knowledge of the health care marketplace will also allow the firm to improve its existing assessment and advisory services to overcome information security compliance and regulation challenges, the firm says.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of organizations looking to overcome regulatory and compliance challenges,” notes Hicks. “What interests me most about FD is taking my knowledge of the marketplace and investing in innovative solutions that create tremendous customer value, while simplifying the compliance journey.”

Prior to joining the firm, Hicks was vice president of health care services at Coalfire, where he built a national practice.

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Frazier & Deeter Acquires Consulting Firm Arch + Tower

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY18 net revenue of $96 million) has acquired the boutique consulting firm of Arch + Tower of Atlanta.

Arch + Tower offers a variety of consulting services focused on customer experience, employee experience and operational excellence.

“Expanding our advisory services to encompass customer experience and employee experience builds on our reputation for investing in relationships with our clients and our people,” notes MP Seth McDaniel. “Frazier & Deeter is known for exceptional client satisfaction and our innovative approach to developing our people, and now we will be able to help our clients achieve their goals in these critical areas.”

Frazier & Deeter has added three partners as part of this merger: John Hightower, the CEO of Arch + Tower, will continue to serve in that role as Arch + Tower joins the FD family of brands. Chris Green and Ryan Lahm are joining as partners.

“Frazier & Deeter has a stellar reputation for both client experience and employee development and has corporate values that closely match those of Arch + Tower,” Hightower says. “Frazier & Deeter’s sustained exceptional growth over the past 10 years illustrates the impact that attention to employee experience, customer experience and operational excellence can have on a company’s results.”

McDaniel says, “We have found in our own growth that focusing on employee experience drives client experience and because of that we found Arch + Tower’s service offering intriguing as a new service for our clients.”

Hightower says, “Frazier & Deeter’s sustained exceptional growth over the past 10 years illustrates the impact that attention to employee experience, customer experience and operational excellence can have on a company’s results.”

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Frazier & Deeter Names Four New Partners

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY18 net revenue of $96.0 million) announces that four members of the firm have been admitted as partners:  Clay Huffman, Jason Nelson, Jennifer Ray and Tommy Zavieh.

Huffman has become a partner in the firm’s audit practice. Nelson, Ray and Zavieh are the newest partners in the tax practice.

Huffman, who is also chair of the Georgia State Board of Accountancy, has worked with a variety of institutions, assisting clients with the development of policies and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting, as well as performing and managing financial statement audits and reviews and other attestation engagements. He works mainly with middle-market companies in the private sector, focusing on manufacturing and distribution, construction, aviation, private equity and professional services.

Nelson is in charge of coordinating tax and accounting services for the firm’s business and individual tax clientele. His responsibilities include reviewing a variety of tax returns, tax planning and compliance services with an emphasis in the real estate, non-profit and closely held business areas. He has significant expertise with special tax issues applicable to partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations. He specializes in working with tax-exempt organizations, including a variety of 501(c) organizations. He is also responsible for training and developing associates on tax engagements.

Ray is one of the leaders of Frazier & Deeter’s tax practice in Tampa, Fla. She has significant experience providing comprehensive tax planning and compliance to the firm’s business and individual clients. Her expertise is concentrated in serving clients in the technology, real estate and manufacturing industries. Jennifer’s primary responsibilities include managing complex individual, large corporate and partnership tax engagements.

Zavieh, based in Atlanta, is the national leader of Frazier & Deeter’s R&D tax credit practice. He has extensive experience in addressing complex business and specialty tax needs for a variety of industries, including automotive, bio-sciences, consumer products, financial services, medical devices, oil/gas, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and technology (software and hardware).

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Frazier & Deeter Expands Transaction Advisory Services

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY18 net revenue of $96.0 million) announced the expansion of the firm’s transaction advisory services group with the addition of Brian Dermott as principal, Chase Gund as manager and Joseph Barron as senior associate.

They will operate from Charlotte, N.C. The transaction advisory services group focuses on serving private equity groups, corporate strategic buyers, mezzanine lenders and other investors.

“The demand for Frazier & Deeter’s transaction advisory services has never been stronger, driving the need to expand the team,” notes MP Seth McDaniel. “We’re seeing increased demand for both buy-side and sell-side transaction support.”

Dermott was most recently CFO of FM Expressions, a private equity-owned manufacturer. Before FM Expressions, Dermott was a transaction advisory professional, performing financial due diligence engagements on behalf of private equity and strategic buyers to identify and mitigate deal risk.

Gund joined the firm from DayBlink, a management consulting firm, where he advised clients regarding a variety of finance-related activities. He was previously a member of Frazier & Deeter’s audit practice for five years and served in the U.S. Navy for five years.

Barron joined the firm from Emerson Electric, where he was a financial analyst. Prior to Emerson, he was with Grant Thornton, where he served in audit and transaction services.

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Frazier & Deeter Names New Co-chairs of Manufacturing and Distribution Practice

Bill Godshall

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY18 net revenue of $96.0 million) announces that Bill Godshall, audit partner, and J.R. Miller, tax partner, have been named the co-chairs of the firm’s manufacturing and distribution practice.

J.R. Miller

Godshall, who leads the firm’s public company audit practice, works with manufacturing, distribution and energy clients across the U.S. Godshall, formerly an inspection leader for the PCAOB, also serves as the firm’s assurance quality control partner. He has more than 20 years of experience with accounting and reporting topics common to manufacturing and distribution entities, including revenue recognition, inventory costing, foreign exchange and business combinations. In addition, Godshall has extensive experience with SEC reporting and derivatives, leases and foreign company accounting issues.

Miller, with over 25 years of experience, serves both U.S. and global companies with a focus on manufacturing, distribution and retail. He provides transaction advisory, structuring and consulting services to many of his clients. He works with his clients in structuring their businesses to minimize taxes across both U.S. and global tax jurisdictions.

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Dawson Joins Frazier & Deeter as an International Tax Partner

James Dawson

James Dawson

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY18 net revenue of $96 million) announced that James Dawson has joined the firm as a tax partner with a focus on international tax.

“Jim’s years of experience serving the complex needs of global enterprises makes him an excellent addition to our tax team,” says Terri Lawson, PIC of Tax. “As our international tax practice continues to grow his expertise in foreign tax planning and cross border transactions will add value to Frazier & Deeter’s multi-national clients.”

Dawson will serve as a business and tax advisor to growing U.S. and foreign enterprises, focusing on tax efficient global supply chain management, structuring of international business models and operations, cross border transactions, project management and coordination of services in foreign jurisdictions.

“It is exciting to contribute to a rapidly growing international firm like Frazier & Deeter, with an entrepreneurial mindset and focus on exceeding client expectations,” says Dawson.

Prior to joining FD, Dawson served as an international tax partner with two accounting firms, serving in both U.S. and international leadership positions.

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FASB Staff Member Cheng Joins Frazier & Deeter

Mike Cheng

Mike Cheng

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY17 net revenue of $83.6 million) announced that Mike Cheng has joined the firm as the national professional practice partner in the accounting & audit practice.

“Recent changes to accounting standards such as revenue recognition and lease accounting have driven a surge in demand for technical accounting advice,” says Seth McDaniel, MP of Frazier & Deeter. “Frazier & Deeter is delighted to bring in a leader with Mike’s depth of expertise to meet the growing need for accounting advisory services.”

“I’m excited to join Frazier & Deeter’s Accounting Advisory Practice,” says Cheng. “Frazier & Deeter is a well-respected firm with a strong team, and I am ready to help the firm’s clients understand and address evolving accounting standards.”

Cheng comes to Frazier & Deeter from the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where he served as the Private Company Council Coordinator. Prior to joining the FASB, Cheng held various management positions with PwC, where he was a member of the audit practice from 2003 – 2012.

“Frazier & Deeter’s clients will benefit from the expansion of our accounting advisory leadership resources,” says Jeremy Jones, leader of Frazier & Deeter’s audit practice. “Mike’s experience at the Financial Accounting Standards Board makes him uniquely valuable in helping our clients understand and appropriately adapt to regulatory changes.”

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Frazier & Deeter Opens First International Office

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY17 net revenue of $83.6 million) has announced the opening of an office in London, which will operate as Frazier & Deeter U.K.

Frazier & Deeter U.K. will offer business advisory services, including international tax, tax compliance, transaction advisory and other services to support critical business decisions.

“Expanding to the U.K. will help Frazier & Deeter better support our multi-national clients,” notes MP Seth McDaniel. “We are ideally positioned to assist British businesses looking to maximize Anglo/U.S. trade opportunities in the post-Brexit era.”

The U.K. practice will be led by Malcolm Joy, an award-winning expert in international tax. He has served as a resource for BBC news and Bloomberg regarding tax matters. Joy was formerly an equity partner with BDO, where he served in a variety of U.K. and global leadership roles.

“Based on my many years as a tax advisor, I believe Frazier & Deeter’s strong culture, with its emphasis on investing in relationships, will delight our clients as we grow Frazier & Deeter U.K.,” he says. “Our ownership structure and focus on the U.K. and the U.S. provide us with an excellent platform for serving international clients.”

Frazier & Deeter and its subsidiaries have nine offices across the United States. “We see tremendous opportunity for Frazier & Deeter in the U.K.,” says McDaniel. “We believe our culture of client service and our track record of delivering value to clients will help us grow a strong practice in the U.K.”

The firm has been recognized repeatedly by INSIDE Public Accounting as a Best of the Best firm.

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Frazier & Deeter Names Three New Partners

Andrew Case

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY17 net revenue of $83.6 million) has announced that three members of the firm have been admitted to the partnership: Andrew Case, Matthew Foster and Jerry Johnson. Johnson has become a partner in the firm’s audit practice. Case and Foster are the newest partners in the tax practice.

MP Seth McDaniel says, “As Frazier & Deeter expands into new services and new geographic markets, the new generation of partners will play a critical role in our growth.”

Case has more than 10 years of public accounting experience. He works with middle market companies that are private equity backed, bringing his clients considerable expertise in tax planning for partnerships, S Corporations and high-net-worth individuals. He works across a variety of industries, including real estate, private equity, technology and manufacturing.

Jerry Johnson

Foster has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting. He plays a leadership role within the firm’s life sciences practice. He specializes in helping middle market companies that are privately held or backed by private equity. His expertise includes corporate structuring for tax strategies, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and ESOPs. His clients operate in a variety of industries including cannabis, manufacturing and distribution, technology, real estate and construction.

Johnson has more than 20 years of accounting experience and is a member of the firm’s Tampa, Fla., office. He has worked with a number of publicly traded companies, reviewing SEC filings, testing of internal controls over financial reporting, auditing merger and acquisition transactions, as well as performing, reviewing and supervising audits and other attestation engagements. He has also helped privately held companies prepare for initial public offerings. His industry expertise includes the areas of manufacturing and distribution companies, food and beverage companies and health care providers.

Frazier & Deeter Expands to North Carolina With New Charlotte Office

Tim Koch

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY17 net revenue of $83.6 million) has announced the opening of a new office in Charlotte, N.C.

“Charlotte is one of most important cities in the Southeast, with a vibrant business community,” says MP Seth McDaniel. “We’re delighted to be adding an office there that will help us better serve our clients in North Carolina and across the U.S.”

The Charlotte office will be led by Frazier & Deeter partner Tim Koch. Koch recently joined Frazier & Deeter as the national practice leader of the firm’s transaction advisory practice.

“I’m excited to be playing a key leadership role in the growth of a highly respected, rapidly growing firm,” Koch says. “I see tremendous opportunity for Frazier & Deeter in North Carolina and beyond.”

Frazier & Deeter offers a suite of services that include audit, business and personal tax advisory, transaction advisory, governance/compliance, cybersecurity, IT audit, fund administration and other advisory services. The firm’s clients include public and private companies across all industries, as well as high net worth individuals, trusts and investment funds.