Grant Thornton is officially picking up BDO's Victoria and New South Wales offices in Australia for $50 million, according to reports.
[This] comes after BDO announced last month it had decided to terminate the BDO Victoria and New South Wales offices, citing “unreasonable risks”, following a strategic review of the business taken over the previous 18 months.
While this might be strategic pick up for GT in Australia, apparently there is $100 million of BDO debt to deal with, which made a few GT partners antsy:
According to the Australian Financial Review [requires a subscription], 81% of Grant Thornton partners agreed to acquire the BDO Melbourne Sydney practice, which has two weeks to finalise the deal. […] However, the publication reports some partners are unhappy with the deal, saying they were pressured to vote for the plan.