Pitcher Partners appoints one to principal, five to partnership

“Career growth must continue, even during trying times, to sure up the future of the next generation of trusted advisors,” the firm said

Pitcher Partners appoints one to principal, five to partnership
Chris Hanna

Pitcher Partners has appointed six to the partnership for its 2020 partner intake, with one taking the position of principal.

“Today’s announcement is recognition of years of dedication of our newly appointment partners in living our firm ethos of personal client care and high professional standards,” said John Brazzale, national chairman of the Pitcher Partners National Association.

The appointments were made across Pitcher Partners’ offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane.

Chris Hanna has been made principal of the private business and family advisory team in the Adelaide office. He has a particular focus on the health sector, but has experience from several industries, including manufacturing, mining and property.

Operating from the Melbourne office, David Bedford has made partner within the firm’s investment advisory group. He has a wealth of experience in the financial markets industry, and counts private individuals, family groups and boutique institutions among his clients.

Jake Berger is a partner of the Sydney branch’s private business and family advisory group. He has over a decade of experience in the field, and specialises in income tax advisory. He has acted for clients before the Australian Tax Office.

Peter Lawrence also works in private business and family advisory, but from Pitcher Partners’ Newcastle office. Lawrence focuses on forecasting and structuring businesses, and possesses much knowledge in cash-flow management, management reporting and capital-gains tax and small business capital-gains concessions.

A part of Pitcher Partners since 2008, Cheryl Mason has joined the partnership in the Brisbane branch’s audit and assurance team. She is experienced in handling external audit and financial reporting obligations for ASX-listed public companies and AFSL holders across industries like funds management, retail, not-for-profit and recruitment.

Kieran Wallis also makes partner at the Brisbane office, where he is part of the corporate finance team. He has worked in sectors like technology and mining, and he is knowledgeable in financial modelling and forecasting, investment analysis and capital raising, as well as the execution of M&A strategies.

“Career growth must continue, even during trying times, to sure up the future of the next generation of trusted advisors. The journey to partner is a humbling one, characterised by drive and commitment to making business personal for the many business owners and leaders leading the middle-market,” Brazzale said. “Client care and support is at the heart of what we do, and this support is more important than ever as businesses navigate unprecedented challenges but also newfound opportunities.”

He said the appointments had been “years in the making” for the lawyers, and that their inclusion in the partnership “underpins our firms of tomorrow.” The new leaders are set to “champion causes important to businesses and individuals around the country and the globe through connection with the Baker Tilly network.”

“The middle market is doing it tough due to COVID-19, and it’s our job to support our clients to foster stronger business investment, which will in turn fuel employment opportunities and the economy,” Brazzale said.

David Bedford

Jake Berger

Peter Lawrence

Cheryl Mason

Kieran Wallis

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