Leyton opens second US location, expands to San Francisco

06 December 2019 Consulting.us 2 min. read
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Leyton, a Paris-headquartered innovation funding consultancy, has opened a new office in San Francisco. The office complements the firm’s other existing US location in Boston.

The office launch is a response to growing demand for the consulting firm’s expertise in research & development tax relief, and the massive scale of R&D work in Silicon Valley. The West Coast office will target clients in software and technology, scientific fields, and a number of engineering sector verticals.

Founded in France in 1997, Leyton specializes in helping clients gain maximum value for R&D tax credits and subsidies. The firm’s team of 950 people is composed of tax experts and sector specialists in engineering, life sciences, software, agriculture, and other areas. Leyton has 27 offices in 11 countries, and more than 9,000 global clients.

Leyton opens second US location, expands to San Francisco

David Kent will serve as acting general manager for the new office, while also remaining head of the firm’s Scottish business. The firm is currently recruiting for a permanent West Coast leader.

The San Francisco location currently has 11 staff across sales and consulting, and is looking to have a staff base of 30 by March 2020. The new office is located in the city’s financial district, on Montgomery Street.

“Silicon Valley is the epicentre of world-wide tech development and Leyton is a global leader in the funding of innovation. Opening in San Francisco is a natural evolutionary step for the Leyton business and we are excited to support continued R&D activity in California and beyond,” said Kent.

Earlier this year, Leyton opened its second Canadian office with a new location in Toronto, joining a previous outpost in Montreal. Montreal and Toronto, aside from being the country’s most populous cities, are also two of Canada’s main innovation hubs. Both are noted global centers for emerging technology development (including artificial intelligence), buoyed by strong university research centers and a thriving community of start-ups and established players.