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BDO bolsters audit and advisory teams with new partners


The mid-tier firm has appointed two new partners to expand both its audit and infrastructure advisory teams.

By Miranda Brownlee 9 minute read

Tony Batsakis has been appointed as a new partner to BDO’s audit team, while John Burger has been appointed as a new project and infrastructure advisory partner.

Batsakis brings over 28 years of experience in assurance and advisory services, specialising in financial audits, internal controls, and financial reporting.

He previously held a leadership role at KPMG, where he developed a reputation for his commitment to innovation and quality, most notably leading the National Enterprise Audit Division where he oversaw significant growth, BDO said.

BDO Melbourne Office Managing Partner David Garvey said Batsakis’ expertise is a major coup.

“Tony deeply understands diverse industries, including education, technology, manufacturing, and professional services,” Garvey said.

“His expertise caters to a diverse clientele, encompassing ASX-listed and public companies, high-net-worth families, and private equity firms.

“With a deep understanding of the unique needs of emerging enterprises, Tony is the perfect addition to a team passionate about assisting clients with complex financial reporting issues.”

Burger joins BDO after spending the past 10 years with EY as an associate partner in strategy and transactions, where he was responsible for leading EY’s Real Estate and Project Management division in Perth.

BDO Perth Office managing partner James Massie-Taylor said Burger’s appointment will significantly strengthen BDO’s commercial real estate advisory practice.

“A skilled communicator and proven operator, John has relationships and established networks across government, private and not-for-profit organisations,” Massie-Taylor said.

“He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the WA market, having led consultancy and multi-disciplinary teams to deliver commercial and financial advice to a diverse client, industry, and sector base.

“His broad technical knowledge and credential base across real estate, development, and social infrastructure is something we know will make a real impact at BDO and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”

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Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee


Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

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