Ryan Acquires Definitive Consulting Services

TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2014 /CNW/ -- Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America, today announced that the Firm has acquired Definitive Consulting Services ("Definitive"). The acquisition adds a team of experienced Canadian tax professionals to provide additional knowledge and client support that strengthens the Firm's industry-leading Canadian Sales Tax practice.  It also adds a large complement of respected Canadian companies to Ryan's portfolio of clients across North America.  

Revenue generation and accelerated return on investment will be realized by offering Definitive clients additional access to the Firm's integrated, single-source solution of more than 45 global tax practices for improving cash flow and minimizing tax liabilities.  Definitive clients will also gain exclusive access to Ryan's industry-recognized client support program of professional development courses, custom seminars, books, budget updates, multimedia information services, and fast authoritative answers to tax questions instantly through the Ryan TaxDirect® telephone tax hotline. 

John Drysdale, who served as Definitive's Managing Principal, joins the Ryan executive leadership team as Vice President and will support the continued growth of the Canadian Sales Tax practice.  Mr. Drysdale will also work to ensure the flawless integration of people, processes, and systems while maintaining the highest standards of client service and support.

"Ryan and Definitive clients will benefit tremendously from the unparalleled tax knowledge, expertise, and commitment to client service that our newly combined team of Canadian tax professionals will provide," said Garry Round, Ryan President of Canadian Operations. "This acquisition launches a new phase of Canadian growth and market leadership for our Firm, and the professionals of Definitive will play a key role in our future success."

"When I founded Definitive (formerly Brendan Moore and Associates), I instilled a culture of client service and tax innovation that remains to this day," said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America Operations. "This acquisition harnesses two very similar cultures of excellence and will have a tremendously positive impact on protecting Canadian companies from the burden of being overtaxed." 

"This acquisition represents another key milestone in the successful execution of our global growth strategy," said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. "As we continue to build market leadership in tax services through acquisition and organic growth, we remain committed to providing our clients world-class service and superior results." 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About Ryan
Ryan is an award-winning global tax services firm, with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America and the sixth largest corporate tax practice in the United States.  Since 1974, the Firm's Canadian practice, located in Toronto, Ontario, has advised companies on a variety of tax matters, both provincially and nationally.  Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Ryan provides a comprehensive range of state, local, federal, and international tax advisory and consulting services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including audit defence, tax recovery, credits and incentives, tax process improvement and automation, tax appeals, tax compliance, and strategic planning.  Ryan is a three-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan's multi-disciplinary team of more than 1,800 professionals and associates serves over 9,000 clients in 40 countries, including many of the world's most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at www.ryan.com/Canada.

Ryan is an award-winning global tax services firm, with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America and the sixth largest corporate tax practice in the United States.


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