Baker Tilly forms joint venture with Indian BPO firm Pierian Services

21 April 2023 2 min. read
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Baker Tilly US has created a joint venture – BT Pierian – in partnership with Pierian Services, a Bangalore-based business process outsourcing (BPO) firm.

The joint venture will pair Baker Tilly’s internal service centers and third-party vendors with Pierian professionals to create a complementary workforce that will allow Baker Tilly to “quickly scale its service delivery capabilities with the right talent when the firm needs it the most,” the Chicago-based firm said in a press release.

BT Pierian comprises two legal entities: one that provides assurance and advisory work, and another that focuses on managed services in tax, accounting, and other consulting services.

“Leveraging outside specialized resources to get work done is a core strategy in public accounting,” said Deanna Merryfield, partner and complementary workforce leader. “With our organizational purpose to unleash and amplify talent, we are creating a welcoming and nurturing experience for everyone who works for us and with us — helping ensure we provide the highest level of service to our clients.”

Baker Tilly forms join venture with Indian BPO firm Pierian Services

Baker Tilly says members of the complementary workforce will work in secure and segregated Pierian offices throughout India, including in Bangalore, Gurugram, Shivamogga, Jaipur, Chandigarh, and Chennai. The joint venture will employ approximately 175 people in its initial phase.

“We are here to enhance and protect our clients’ value, and we do that with top-notch talent across the board,” added Christine Robinson, managing director, Baker Tilly, who will oversee operations at BT Pierian. “Our BT Pierian team members receive the same intense training as Baker Tilly’s do, while strict compliance and data security measures are in place to give our clients complete confidence.”

Pierian Services was founded in 2002 and has 400+ professionals serving clients across the USA, UK, South Africa, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. The firm’s core expertise is in providing outsourced services for finance and accounting, human resources and payroll, and associated support processes.

“The joint venture will act as a force multiplier for both us and Baker Tilly, affording each of us an opportunity to tap into others’ strengths,” said Gurunath Kanathur, Pierian Services co-founder and director, and leader of the BT Pierian managed services entity.