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Former big four partners join mid-tier


A mid-tier firm has appointed new partners in its Adelaide and Brisbane offices as it looks to strengthen its tax and forensics service line amid the COVID-19 downturn.

By Aidan Curtis11 minute read

BDO has announced the appointment of Tim Sandow as tax partner in its Adelaide office and Stan Gallo as a forensics partner in its Brisbane office.

Mr Sandow, most recently a special adviser in the tax and private clients team at PwC, and a former tax partner at KPMG, will now lead BDO’s South Australian tax team.


Mr Sandow also currently sits on the Tax Institute’s national council, having formerly chaired the association’s South Australian division.

BDO Adelaide managing partner Rudy Pieck said Mr Sandow’s 25 years of experience in tax and his strong networks with the ATO, State Revenue Office and fellow tax professionals would place him in good stead to lead BDO’s tax team.

“Tax is a constant growth area for BDO nationally and we expect this will be intensified as businesses navigate their way through COVID-19, but also as they come out the other side and look to embrace the opportunities the post-COVID-19 environment presents,” Mr Pieck said.

“Tim also brings strong knowledge of the natural resources, energy and defence sectors, which is another focus area of the Adelaide office.”

Brisbane hire

Mr Gallo will now join BDO Brisbane’s forensic services division as a partner.

He moves from KPMG, where he was the national leader of the big four firm’s forensic technology and cyber incident response services team.

BDO’s forensics national leader, Michael Cassidy, welcomed Mr Gallo’s appointment, noting his track record in fraud, misconduct and compliance-related matters as well as his experience in leading investigations across a number of high-profile fraud cases.

Mr Cassidy also said the appointment would help clients navigate through the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Mr Gallo will now work with Mr Cassidy, with a focus on the delivery of governance and compliance services, dealing with investigation and forensic technology engagements.

Former big four partners join mid-tier
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