BDO brings in four partners with Big Four background

09 April 2024 3 min. read
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Following on from recent hires, professional services firm BDO has added further Big Four experience to its partnerships in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Professional services firm BDO has welcomed three new partners to its offices in Brisbane and Sydney; Paul Tuckey, Vijyata Kirpalani and Rajnil Kumar, the former duo following John Burger’s recent move in crossing from Ernst & Young while Kumar joins from Deloitte.

The accounting and consulting firm last month also added KPMG veteran Tony Batsakis to its partnership in Melbourne, continuing a recent run of senior Big Four recruits.

BDO brings in four partners with Big Four background

Paul Tuckey
After spending the past decade at Ernst & Young, Tuckey joins BDO’s project & infrastructure partnership team in Brisbane with a focus on supporting government and private sector planning work in the build-up to the 2032 Olympics. Tuckey earlier spent time in corporate finance with KPMG dating back two decades ago, before gaining international real estate advisory and major projects experience in the UK and Middle East.

While a conspicuous number of former Big Four senior real estate & infrastructure professionals have been on the move of late, BDO says it has significantly grown its team over the past year due to strong demand. National practice leader Darren Black, of BDO’s stated that Tuckey’s appointment and close collaboration with Burger “will bolster the firm’s capabilities in providing strategic insights and comprehensive solutions to the real estate sector.”

Vijyata Kirpalani
Likewise crossing from EY, as an audit & assurance partner, is Vijyata Kirpalani, who also brings a local and international background in accounting standards. Prior to joining EY in 2017, where she most recently served a director with a focus on the government and healthcare sectors, Kirpalani spent more than a decade with the Audit Office of New South Wales, followed by a two-year stint with the International Federation of Accountants in New York.

Rajnil Kumar
Alongside Kirpalani, Kumar meanwhile joins BDO’s audit & assurance partnership team in Sydney from Deloitte, where he served as partner for the past five and a half years of his two-decade career. Described as highly skilled at both external audits and internal control assessments with a focus on clients in the consumer and technology sectors, Kumar spent altogether almost 14 years at Deloitte, preceded by a seven-year stint at PwC.

Tony Batsakis
BDO also last month brought in three-decade KPMG veteran Tony Batsakis to its Melbourne partnership. He has experience in assurance and advisory services, specialising in financial audits, internal controls, and reporting. Batsakis has built a track record in sectors including education, technology, manufacturing, and professional services.