Founded in 1907, Moore Stephens LLP has grown over the years
through mergers with smaller firms (such as its 2006 marriage with
Macnair Mason), but the majority of its growth has been of the
organic variety. This is understandable, given
the firm's philosophy: to respond to clients' needs whenever
required, without growing for the sake of size alone.
Moore Stephens LLP belongs to Moore Stephens International, a
leading international accounting and consulting associations
outside the Big Four. The association comprises 647 offices
of member and correspondent firms in 98 countries worldwide,
employing over 21,000 partners, principals and staff.
Moore Stephens LLP has a significant international client
base. In addition to ensuring delivery of compliance
services, it advises on international business structures and tax
issues, with the aim of finding solutions for cross-border
transactions. It also offers companies tailored advice on
international and local tax implications, both in response to, and
in anticipation of, changes in tax environments. Clients are
assigned a client liaison partner, who generally attend an initial
meeting and arrange the provision of services and advice.
Services the firm offers include audit, business recovery and
rescue, corporate finance, forensic accounting, governance and
risk, IT consultancy, outsourcing, personal debt solutions, tax,
trusts and estates, VAT and wealth management. It provides
advice on a range of sectors, spanning industries such as
insurance, shipping, financial, real estate, not-for-profit and
international business. It is also one of the few leading
accountancy firms specialising in the energy and mining sector,
which it regards as a particular strength.
Going where the ships go
Moore Stephens's association with the shipping industry began in
London in the 1930s, when the firm first began to act for the Greek
shipping agents that were trying to establish a presence in the
UK. After World War II, Moore Stephens' services developed to
meet shipping clients' ever-expanding needs and greatly contributed
to the firm's international growth. In fact, offices abroad
were set up specifically for its shipping clients and later
diversified to offer the firm's broader range of professional
services. Through member firms of Moore Stephens, it
currently provides compliance and advisory services to a
significant part of the global shipping community.