April 23, 2015. TBILISI, Georgia – Partners of Grant Thornton Georgia and Akhvlediani Consulting have announced their agreement to merge the two firms to create one of the largest growth-oriented audit and business advisory teams in Georgia.
The merger firmly establishes Grant Thornton as the country’s fastest growing dynamic accounting firm, bringing together global and local resources, expert capability and market credibility to make the brand a leading advisor to dynamic organizations in Georgia.
Commenting on the deal, Nelson Petrosyan, Grant Thornton Georgia Managing Partner said: “Akhvlediani Consulting is a strategic fit for Grant Thornton, boosting the firm’s local feel and reputation in tax review, valuation and procurement compliance. This merger enables us to offer a unique value proposition to our clients, and adds to our capabilities in such industries as real estate & construction, healthcare, education and public sector.
“This merger is unique for the Georgian professional services industry as it is the first time an international brand has joined forces with a national firm to combine global expertise and local knowledge.”
Grant Thornton and Akhvlediani Consulting are two well-established firms with strong organizational cultures and corporate values focusing on service excellence. Both firms are oriented on developing long-term client relationships and investing in human capital.
Zviad Akhvlediani, co-Managing Partner: “I am confident that our consolidation with one of the fastest-growing international networks will set a new stage for our professional development, supported by global expertise. Both our clients and people want to work with the best in business and that is what drives this merger.”
Grant Thornton Georgia is a multi-professional group of public accountants and auditors, business advisers in finance and management, as well as accounting, tax and legal specialists.
Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. These firms help dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, forward looking advice. Proactive teams, led by approachable partners in these firms, use insights, experience and instinct to understand complex issues for privately owned, publicly listed and public sector clients and help them to find solutions. More than 40,000 Grant Thornton people, across over 130 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work.
Akhvlediani Consulting is one of the leading local consulting firms operating on Georgian market since 2006. Professionals with domestic expertise provide wide range of accounting, tax and valuation services in public and private sectors.