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January 27, 2023

BDO Is Moving Into Ronald McDonald’s Old Stomping Grounds

If someone were to say, “BDO is fucking clown shoes,” he or she wouldn’t be wrong. And it’s not because of the firm’s horrendous auditing of late. It’s because a BDO USA digital advisory business will soon be based in “The House That Ronald Built.”

On Nov. 10 Crain’s Chicago Business reported:

The billionaire hair-care mogul who bought the vacant, former McDonald’s corporate campus in Oak Brook [Illinois] in 2019 has landed his first new office tenant, a deal his venture hopes will validate the longtime home of the Golden Arches as a destination for other companies.

BDO Digital, a tech consulting arm of accounting and advisory firm BDO USA, has signed a lease for 28,000 square feet at 2715 Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook, according to a statement from the company and the property’s owner, a venture of John Paul Mitchell Systems co-founder John Paul DeJoria.

BDO becomes the first office user of a nearly 100,000-square-foot building that housed McDonald’s Hamburger University training center for three decades until the fast-food giant moved its home in 2018 to the Fulton Market District. The Jorie Boulevard property is one of three buildings on the 80-acre campus, which a DeJoria venture bought in 2019 for $40 million.

BDO USA launched BDO Digital in January 2020, which provides middle-market companies with such services as:

  • Digital strategy
  • Data analytics and insights
  • Change management
  • IT outsourcing
  • Governance, risk and compliance
  • Privacy and cybersecurity
  • Cloud and technology solutions
  • Application development

According to Crain’s, BDO Digital will relocate its main office to the former Hamburger U. late next year from a nearby building at 1420 Kensington Rd. in Oak Brook.

Former McDonald’s campus lands first new tenant [Crain’s Chicago Business]

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BDO USA’s Auditing Is Still Ass, According to 2020 PCAOB Inspection Report

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