MHA acquires Geoghegans, Edinburgh accountancy firm

Euan Fernie

MHA, the UK independent member firm of Baker Tilly International, has announced a merger with Edinburgh-based accountancy firm Geoghegans.

This is MHA’s second merger in Scotland, the first being with Aberdeen accountancy firm Meston Reid & Co in October, 2023.

Geoghegans’ office at St Colme Street, Edinburgh, has been rebranded under the MHA banner. All four partners – Euan Fernie, Iain Binnie, Lachlan Fernie and Paul Marshall – will remain and become partners at MHA.

All 64 staff will stay with Geoghegans, which has a diverse client base from SMEs to larger companies across a variety of sectors, including financial services, engineering, property, construction and farms & estates.

MHA managing partner and chairman Rakesh Shaunak said: “This further expansion is hugely significant for MHA.

“We highlighted after the Meston Reid & Co merger that we would be looking to expand further in Scotland and this has been achieved.

“Geoghegans is an excellent merger for us as it enables a move into the thriving Edinburgh market and further into Scotland with a firm which aligns well with our values and commitment to customer service.

“This move will enable Geoghegans’ clients to retain a highly personal local service, with the added offering of accessing an enhanced range of specialists nationally and internationally.

“We are retaining all staff in the Edinburgh office, while expanding opportunities for staff development and recruitment. We would not rule out further growth into Scotland.”

Geoghegans senior partner Euan Fernie said: “Partnering with MHA – a larger and ambitious firm – means we can expand our offering to clients through the vast network of specialists that will become available.

“Servicing our valued clients well has always been our top priority and this ethos is more than matched by MHA whose principles are hugely aligned.”

MHA, ranked the 13th largest accountancy group in the UK, has a strong SME focus with clients in the construction, manufacturing, consumer, renewables, agriculture, food and drink and charity sectors.

It also supports larger firms with international operations. The practice has 1,740 staff and partners and, now, 21 offices across the UK.