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Moss Adams’ Derek Dowsett Talks to Going Concern About the Latest Ribbon Cutting

Thumbnail image for grand opening.jpgFollowing up from last week, we had the opportunity to speak with one of the lead partners of Moss Adams’ new Santa Clara office, Derek Dowsett.
Mr. Dowsett is the Regional Leader of the firms Technology & Life Science Practice for Moss Adams. He has been with MA for twelve years, being admitted to the partnership in 2006 and previously spent six years with at a Big 4 firm.

With the opening of the Santa Clara office, MA will have approximately 100 professionals working in the Bay area, according to Mr. Dowsett. Because of their close proximity, all the Bay area offices work cross-functionally to provide professional services to serve client needs as they arise:

“We utilize the resources from all of our offices which allows us to provide clients with a fully integrated client service team with the technical and industry knowledge most applicable. For example, I may draw on our international tax expertise from our San Francisco office if one of our clients needs help with an international tax issue or from our transaction services team should a client need help with financial due diligence related to a potential acquisition. Similarly, I help other offices throughout the firm with client issues within the technology and life science industries.”

The balances of services that the office provides will be break down “pretty close to 50/50, perhaps a little heavier on the assurance side” said Mr. Dowsett. MA also provides Advisory and Transaction Services to its clients in the Bay area.
In addition to the client service, Mr. Dowsett said that recruiting for the Bay area will be performed as a joint effort amongst the MA offices, with focus on the schools in the surrounding area. Their efforts will be focused at Santa Clara University, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with possible future expansion to additional schools.
Congratulations and good luck to Moss Adams on their newest location and thanks to Derek Dowsett for taking the time to talk to us. If your firm wants to get in touch with us about any news, send any correspondence to our general mailbox: [email protected].

Moss Adams Does Some Ribbon Cutting

grand opening.jpgMoss Adams dusted off the freakishly giant scissors yesterday, as the firm opened a Santa Clara office, according to the San Jose Business Journal.
This is positive news seeing how office closures (and rumors of others) seem to be more prevalent than offices opening.

Rick Anderson, the Seattle-based company’s chairman anms has “long served clients in the area and it makes sense to have a physical presence in the local market. Moss Adams is a firm that is growing and expanding to meet client and market demand.”

We couldn’t tell you if Rick was actually on hand for the festivities, we’ve been unable to run anyone down and so far there isn’t a press release on the firm’s website. So if you’re in the know, get in touch or discuss in the comments.
Moss Adams opens Santa Clara office [SJBJ]
UPDATE: We’ve just heard back from a MA spokesperson who will be forwarding us the release. We’ll give you the additional particulars when we have them.
UPDATE 2: You can see the entire press release after the jump.


Amy Esary
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Moss Adams LLP is Expanding its Service in the Silicon Valley with the Opening of its Fifth Northern California Office

(Seattle, Washington – December 1, 2009) – Moss Adams LLP, the nation’s 11th largest accounting and consulting firm, is expanding its existing service in the Silicon Valley with the opening of its fifth northern California office in Santa Clara on December 1, 2009.
With expertise in an array of industries–including technology, life sciences, and manufacturing and distribution–Moss Adams’ teams serve companies ranging from venture-backed start-ups to fully mature public companies, delivering solutions to complex financial and business challenges. In addition to providing assurance and tax compliance services for domestic and international operations, the office will offer a full suite of consulting services, including tax, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, valuations, and internal control consulting.
Rick Anderson, Chairman and CEO, states “We have long served clients in the area and it makes sense to have a physical presence in the local market. Moss Adams is a firm that is growing and expanding to meet client and market demand.”
According to Derek Dowsett, one of the lead partners transferring to the new office and the regional leader of the Firm’s Technology and Life Sciences Practice, “I look forward to expanding our presence in the region as one of the team members based in the new office. Many of our current technology and life science clients are located in Silicon Valley and a local office will increase our availability to them and allow us to get more involved in the community.”
About Moss Adams LLP
Moss Adams LLP ( provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to public and private middle-market enterprises in many different industries. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington Moss Adams has 21 locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Moss Adams is the 11th largest accounting and consulting firm in the United States, and the largest headquartered in the West. Its staff of over 1,800 includes more than 240 partners. Moss Adams is also a founding member of Praxity, a global alliance of accounting firms. This alliance is an association of independent firms in the major markets of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.