PwC buys Appian Group

Tompkins Turner

PwC buys Appian Group

Justin Carroll with Richard Mickle

 PwC Perth managing partner Justin Carroll with Appian Group partner Richard Mickle

PwC has rejoined the acquisition trail in WA, buying an advisory firm behind some of the State's biggest civil projects.

Appian Group is just winding up a long association with the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, but is also working on Elizabeth Quay, the new stadium and the Supreme Court development.

Its three partners - Richard Mickle, Nadia van Dommelen and Sydney- based Steve Cary - and all 40 staff have been integrated into PwC's capital projects and infrastructure team.

Perth managing partner Justin Carroll said the purchase, PwC's first in WA since 2009, reflected growing government and private sector demand for infrastructure advice and management services for big, complex projects. "There are few, well-regarded organisations that can take a large project from strategy through design to implementation," Mr Carroll said. "And there is no one that we could see that does it as well as Appian."

Having secured a foothold in Sydney in 2009, Appian was looking to do the same in Melbourne but the partners decided the firm could better achieve its growth ambitions via a tie-up with PwC.

By: Sean Smith Published: 1 April 2015

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