BDO brings in experienced partners in Melbourne and Perth

15 March 2022 2 min. read
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Professional services firm BDO has made three new partner hires in its Melbourne and Perth offices. Denise Brotherton joins BDO’s tax partnership in Melbourne alongside business services partner Peter Zervos, while David Ocello also joins as a tax partner in Perth.

Denise Brotherton brings over two decades as a Tax partner with EY, having joined the Big Four firm in 1993 before departing toward the end of 2020. Since then, she has served as a leader in accounting & advisory services at Asparq.

While at EY, Brotherton was a member of the national Health and Life Science leadership team, with other clients in sectors such as manufacturing, private equity, and agribusiness.

BDO brings in experienced partners in Melbourne and Perth

“We are thrilled to have a partner of the calibre of Denise choose to join us at BDO,” said Melbourne managing partner David Garvey. “She has led extremely complex tax projects across multiple jurisdictions and sectors and has also supported clients with implementing and building their own in-house tax capability. Her wealth of experience as a highly regarded tax practitioner is a fantastic addition to our team.”

Peter Zervos also crosses to BDO’s Melbourne office after almost three decades at his prior firm Moore, where as a business advisory director he specialised in serving clients in the building and construction, property, and tourism and hospitality sectors among others in areas such as board and banking advisory, accounting compliance, succession planning, audits, acquisitions and disposals.

“Peter has a very impressive network which he has built up over more than two decades of working with businesses, families, and individuals,” said Garvey. “His commitment to building trusted business relationships and his extensive technical understanding will be a big asset to us.”

Across in Perth, BDO has recruited former Deloitte partner and national mining tax practice leader David Ocello, who joins after more than two decades between Deloitte and PwC. Serving both the natural resources and renewables & utilities sectors, Ocello brings expertise in a range of tax compliance and advisory areas, including M&A, tax transformation, and risk management and governance.

“David is a recognised expert within the mining and mining services industries,” said James Massie-Taylor, BDO Perth Managing Partner. “Our team is very excited to have an expert of the quality of David join us and we look forward to utilising his two decades of experience advising the sector.”