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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.

Frazier & Deeter Adds Transaction Advisory Partner

Tim Koch

Tim Koch

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY17 net revenue of $83.6 million) announced that Tim Koch has joined the firm as a partner who will be leading the firm’s transaction advisory practice.

“Over the past few years we’ve seen a surge in demand for our transaction advisory services,” says Seth McDaniel, MP. “We’re delighted to add a Lead Partner to the practice who brings a strong track record supporting complex transactions.”

Koch was most recently a partner at a top 25 CPA firm, where he was a lead transaction advisory partner focused on middle market buy-side and sell-side transactions for private equity and corporate clients. He has participated in transactions that have had enterprise values ranging from a few million to over one billion dollars.

Koch has significant senior executive experience, including being the CFO and executive committee member for a large privately held business. He also previously was recruited to serve as a senior financial officer to assist a large public company reorganizing under U.S. bankruptcy laws. Koch began his career with Arthur Andersen.

Frazier & Deeter Names Zavieh as Tax Practice Principal

Tommy Zavieh

Tommy Zavieh

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY17 net revenue of $83.6 million) announced the addition of Tommy Zavieh as the firm’s newest principal. Zavieh has more than 20 years of professional and consulting experience, 14 of which have been dedicated to R&D tax credits. Zavieh joins the firm’s tax practice, where he will provide leadership to the firm’s national research & development tax credit practice.

“Tommy’s extensive experience across multiple industries will help us build our R&D tax credit practice across the U.S. and internationally,” says Seth McDaniel, MP. “We are delighted to have Tommy join the firm to help us serve our clients.”

Before joining Frazier & Deeter, Zavieh was Senior Manager with KPMG’s tax practice, where he served as the leader of the R&D tax credit practice for the Southeast region. He has extensive experience in addressing complex business and tax needs including: domestic and international R&D tax credit compliance, ASC 740 and other specialty tax services.

Zavieh’s industry expertise includes the areas of automotive, bio-sciences, consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, medical devices, oil/gas, pharmaceutical and technology.

“We are excited to have Tommy add focused leadership for our R&D tax services,” says Terri Lawson, PIC for Frazier & Deeter’s tax practice. “With the increased complexity of our tax code, the need for careful analysis of tax credits has never been greater.”

“Frazier & Deeter is one of the fastest growing firms in the country and they have built a tax practice that is very highly regarded,” says Zavieh. “I am delighted to join a firm with Frazier & Deeter’s reputation for client service and excited to have the opportunity to help continue to build this important practice.”

Frazier & Deeter Admits Five New Partners

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY16 net revenue of $74 million) admitted five partners: Ashley Babinchak, Patrick Crouch, Gina Gondron, Robert Soares and Sasan Zamani.

Babinchak, Crouch and Soares were admitted as partners in the audit practice. Gondron is a partner in the process, risk and governance practice and Zamani is the newest partner in the tax practice.

“We are proud of our new generation of partners, all of whom live up to our firm’s promise of investing in relationships to make a difference,” says Seth McDaniel, MP. “It is also exciting to see the first time in the history of the firm that the majority of our new partners are in offices other than our headquarters.”

Frazier & Deeter Admits Five New Partners

Ashley Babinchak

Ashley Babinchak

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY16 net revenue of $74 million) admitted five to partner: Ashley Babinchak (audit), Patrick Crouch (audit), Gina Gondron (process, risk and governance), Robert Soares (audit) and Sasan Zamani (tax).

“We are proud of our new generation of partners, all of whom live up to our firm’s promise of investing in relationships to make a difference,” says Seth McDaniel, MP. “It is also exciting to see the first time in the history of the firm that the majority of our new partners are in offices other than our headquarters.”

Patrick Crouch

Patrick Crouch

Babinchak has more than 12 years of public accounting experience and is the leader of the firm’s audit practice in Nashville, Tenn. She is primarily responsible for providing assurance services to clients, specifically coordinating and executing financial statement audits and reviews. Babinchak specializes in the industries of manufacturing and distribution, health care, technology and professional services.

Gina Gondron

Gina Gondron

Crouch has 10 years of experience in public accounting. He plays a leadership role within the firm’s technology practice and is part of the audit team in Tampa, Fla. He specializes in complex revenue recognition, equity transactions, and stock–based compensation. He also has experience performing audits of both public and private companies.

Gondron has more than 10 years of advisory experience and is a member of the firm’s Atlanta office. She leads the delivery of IT audit and advisory services to clients across a variety of industries with emphasis in health care and technology. Her specialties include leading audits of IT general controls, SOC examinations, and assessments across a variety of compliance and control frameworks.

Robert Soares

Robert Soares

Soares has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting. He specializes in performing attest engagements for privately held businesses and has significant experience in servicing publicly traded companies. His clients cross numerous industries including construction, contracting, franchisors, manufacturing, professional services and hospitality.

Sasan Zamani

Sasan Zamani

Zamani has 11 years of experience in public accounting. He specializes in corporate tax planning and compliance, income tax, partnership tax and transaction advisory services. He serves clients in a variety of industries, specifically health care, technology, private equity, manufacturing and distribution and professional services.

Frazier & Deeter Announces Johnson as New Audit Principal

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY16 net revenue of $74 million) welcomed Jerry Johnson as its newest principal. Johnson joins the firm’s audit practice and will be part of the Tampa, Fla., office.

Johnson has more than 20 years of public company audit experience. He has worked with a number of publicly traded companies, reviewing SEC filings, testing of internal controls over financial reporting and auditing merger and acquisition transactions. Johnson also has experience in performing, reviewing and supervising audits and other attestation engagements. He has assisted privately held companies to prepare for initial public offerings.

Johnson’s industry expertise includes the areas of manufacturing and distribution companies, food and beverage companies, and health care providers.

“Jerry is an ideal fit with our growing office and will be a wonderful resource for our public company audit clients,” says Mike Hendricks, OMP for the Tampa office.

Huffman of Frazier & Deeter Receives 40 Under 40 Award

Clay Huffman

Clay Huffman

Clay Huffman, a senior manager at Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY16 net revenue of $74 million), has been named by the CPA Practice Advisor as a recipient of the 2017 40 Under 40 Award. Huffman was selected because of his track record as a leader within the accounting industry.

40 Under 40 Awards recognize and honor young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession.

“Clay Huffman has demonstrated exceptional leadership within Frazier & Deeter, the community and the accounting industry,” says Seth McDaniel, MP.

Huffman started practicing public accounting in 2007 with a Big 4 firm, after receiving a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. In 2012, he joined the audit practice of Frazier & Deeter, where he focuses on clients in manufacturing, distribution, construction, aviation and professional services.

During Huffman’s time at Frazier & Deeter, he has been recognized by clients and colleagues for his level of excellence in client service and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients and firm. In 2015, Clay was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia State Board of Accountancy, where he currently serves as vice chair.

“We are fortunate to be surrounded by so many young professionals who are sharing their ideas, skills and enthusiasm with the goal of making the accounting profession a better place. Change is occurring rapidly in our profession and this year’s award winners are embracing and welcoming the changes,” says CPA Practice Advisor Editor-in-Chief Gail Perry. “They are strong, dedicated, spirited leaders and we are proud to recognize these professionals as the 2017 ’40 Under 40′ in the accounting profession.