Audit, tax and advisory firm BDO has made another key hire to its national business restructuring team, with former Grant Thornton partner Andrew Sallway joining the firm today as a partner in its Sydney office.
Mr Sallway’s appointment follows the recent senior hires in BDO’s Brisbane office – former state manager of Bankwest, Peter Winterflood (partner) and former Suncorp restructuring executive, Darren Stacey (executive director).
Mr Sallway brings with him over 15 years of experience in delivering advice to banks, directors, shareholders and regulatory authorities. BDO’s business restructuring team covers bank advisory, business finance/debt advisory, business restructuring as well as traditional insolvency services.
BDO Sydney managing partner, Grant Saxon, said BDO was responding to calls for an intermediary to work with businesses and their banking and finance partners as they adapt in a changing market.
“BDO’s approach responds to a fundamental change in the way that banks are seeking to work with their customers,” said Mr Saxon.
“Banks are more reluctant to send companies down the path of administration and insolvency and are actively looking for ways to support their customer to improve their financial position. They don’t want to call in the insolvency or creditors team but instead look for alternatives to restructure.”
BDO’s national leader for business restructuring, Andrew Fielding, welcomed Mr Sallway’s appointment and said it would further strengthen the national offering.
“BDO was the first accounting advisory firm in Australia to appoint executive level bankers in a business restructuring division,” Mr Fielding said.
“Having ex-bankers on board means we see both sides of the equation and can act as a translator between the banks and their clients.
“BDO’s business restructuring team works with businesses to improve their risk assessment, put them on a more stable footing and provide a wider range of financial alternatives. This creates a win-win situation for the banks and their clients. The banks get to reduce their capital costs and businesses have a chance to make proactive changes to their business operations to improve performance.”