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O'Rourke Consulting Joins Ryan; Will Support Strategic Expansion of Firm's Australian Operations

Press Release May 02, 2014

Sydney, Australia – Ryan, a leading global tax services firm serving more than 9,000 clients in over 40 countries, today announced that O’Rourke Consulting, a leading Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) Consulting and Legal firm, has joined Ryan. This move adds additional Australian market share and specialised GST, Wine Equalisation Tax, and Fuel Tax Credit expertise to support the Firm’s expansion across Australia. It also adds a number of significant client relationships, as well as a team of industry-recognised tax experts to support the Firm’s Australian operations.

Kevin O’Rourke joins the Ryan leadership team as Principal and Practice Leader of Australian Operations. He has 30 years of tax experience advising major corporate clients on all aspects of GST and was named one of the leading GST advisors in Australia by the International Tax Review. He is also one of only a handful of practitioners specialising in the complexities of Australia’s Wine Equalisation Tax. Before establishing O’Rourke Consulting, he was a partner at a major national accounting firm serving as National GST Leader and Chief Executive Officer of Legal. Mr. O’Rourke is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and of the High Court of Australia, and was recently instructing solicitor in the landmark GST case involving Qantas before the High Court. He is a member of the Taxation Committee of the Law Council of Australia and the Indirect Tax Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. O’Rourke holds a Master of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland.

“We are excited that the tax professionals of O’Rourke Consulting have joined Ryan, and we look forward to leveraging their expertise to expand our capabilities in Australia,” said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America Operations. “Their proven reputation for technical excellence, innovative thinking, and practical solutions will add great value for our clients operating in Australia.”

“Ryan continues to successfully execute an accelerated strategic growth plan for capturing worldwide market share through international expansion,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to build additional capabilities, expertise, and infrastructure in those countries where our global clients operate.”

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-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 multidisciplinary team of more than 4,800 professionals and associates serves over 30,000 clients in more than 80 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at ryan.com.

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