RSM launches in Canada with Maria Severino leading tax team

 In Collins Barrow, Collins Barrow Toronto, RSM

RSM has announced the launch of RSM Canada with an office 300-strong in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. The RSM Canada team includes 37 partners and nearly 300 professionals. This was formerly the Toronto office of the national firm Collins Barrow.

In a statement on their website, Collins Barrow said, 

“Collins Barrow National is pleased to announce it is recruiting an innovative, like-minded Toronto firm with an entrepreneurial culture to join its expanding network.”

Harry Blum will serve as managing partner of RSM Canada, which encompasses RSM Canada LLP, the Canadian member of the RSM International Network providing audit and tax services, and RSM Canada Consulting LP, a newly formed partnership of RSM Canada and RSM US LLP. RSM Canada Consulting LP will provide expanded consulting services, such as management consulting, IT infrastructure and business applications, and security, privacy and risk to clients in Canada.

“We are pleased to take this important step with RSM Canada,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO of RSM US LLP. “The consulting services currently offered by RSM US LLP will be a strong complement to the services offered by RSM Canada. Together we will be a first-choice advisor delivering the power of being understood to middle market leaders. We’re excited about the opportunities this creates for the clients, partners and staff of both firms.”

“We are excited to welcome RSM Canada to our network,” said Jean Stephens, chief executive officer, RSM International. “This firm, together with our expansion plans, strengthens our ability to support our substantial existing North American client base, and enables us to realise exciting new opportunities in this important economy for clients across the globe.”

RSM’s overarching strategy eyes expansion beyond Toronto to key markets across Canada, with both fully integrated RSM Canada offices in major metropolitan areas and a robust alliance of firms in other markets to support client needs.

“We look forward to building RSM Canada,” said Harry Blum, managing partner for RSM Canada. “I believe we have a very strong value proposition. Canada is a country full of middle market businesses, and RSM is the global leader in serving the middle market. It’s a great fit.”

As part of RSM, RSM Canada and its clients will benefit from access to more than 41,400 professionals in over 120 countries around the world and expertise tailored to the middle market.

Maria Severino led the tax team at Collins Barrow Toronto and will continue to do so with RSM.

Maria advises private, public and multinational corporations across a wide range of industry sectors in the areas of corporate restructuring, international tax planning, as well as estate, wealth-preservation and succession planning. Her strategic tax advice and tax-efficient solutions have proved integral in structuring many complex business transactions involving mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as inbound and outbound investments and business expansions. 

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