EY Oceania absorbs Canberra’s Kazar Slaven

EY Oceania absorbs Canberra's Kazar Slaven
New EY Oceania partner Henry Kazar

New EY Oceania partner Henry Kazar

CANBERRA-based insolvency practice Kazar Slaven has been taken out by EY Oceania, a division of global professional services heavyweight, Ernst & Young (EY).

In a note to clients last Thursday, firm principals Henry Kazar and Michael Slaven said the transaction would be completed by the end of the month.

“We’re pleased to advise you that the professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY), has moved to acquire Kazar Slaven,” the pair said.

“The acquisition is intended to be completed by the end of September 2015. Following completion, we will both join EY Oceania as partners, and 11 Kazar Slaven employees will be made offers of employment by EY.”

According to the Kazar Slaven website the firm has 18 partners and staff. Four have the surname Kazar.

Interestingly, while the note acknowledged the potential for a shift to accommodate EY’s creditor-based specialisation, it also assured its existing, personal insolvency-focussed network that these relationships remain paramount.

“EY’s acquisition of Kazar Slaven is an important strategic development for us. EY is a leader in corporate restructuring and this will enable us to combine our expert skills and local knowledge with greater depth of services. Being part of a global firm will also provide us with access to broader markets for our services and enhanced career development opportunities for our people,” Kazar and Slaven said.

“We acknowledge the importance of our relationships with our referrers, in most cases built over many years. We remain committed to maintaining our accessibility and enthusiasm to serving client needs in a collaborative and timely fashion.

“Over the coming weeks, we will contact you to introduce you to EY’s Oceania Transactions Leader Julie Hood and Oceania Transactions Restructuring Leader Vince Smith to discuss the additional services this exciting move can deliver to your business.”

Neither Kazar or Slaven responded to requests for comment.

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Sydney Insolvency News illuminates the practice of insolvency in Australia's largest city, highlighting the triumphs and failures of Sydney's registered practitioners and the accounting and legal professionals who work with them. SiN is produced by Peter Gosnell, former business editor and senior business reporter at The Daily Telegraph newspaper. During a decade-long career, your correspondent reported on such notable corporate collapses as HIH, One.Tel, Westpoint and Fincorp as well as some of the nation's highest profile bankruptcies and the investigations and prosecutions arising from Australia's most notorious instances of white collar crime.

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