German tax consultancy firm, Rödl & Partner, is preparing to open an office in Nairobi targeting European firms and SMEs in Kenya.
Rödl & Partner, a global professional services firm, will offer multi-disciplinary, support in form of lawyers, accountants, tax specialists and management consultants – entirely focused on the needs of foreign direct investment and truly integrated services for private investors, international financial institutions and governmental agencies in Africa.
The German company originally from Nürnberg, will offer tight competition to other consultancy firms already established in the Kenyan market namely: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, KPMG, and Deloitte.
Rödl & Partner in Kenya will be targeting the close to 100 German firms already established in Kenya either through subsidiaries or directly via wholly owned plants among them: BASF, Thyssen Aufzüge, etc. Also among their target clients are private investors, governments and international financial institutions.
Mr Campos said the firm is also keen on family-run businesses as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) whom it says are shunned by existing consulting firms.
“We want to walk with them [MSMEs] and help them grow their business by offering the wide range of services in a one-stop shop or a 360 approach,” said Mr Campos. Back in Germany the firm has grown its reputation by targeting German family-owned companies through its caretaker principle (kümmerer).
Rödl & Partner was started in 1977 by Bernd Rödl in Nürnberg and has grown to 106 locations in 49 countries with 4200 employees around the world, with a turnover of 357.4 million euros last year. The Rödl & Partner offices in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa and their associated offices in Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia,Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia are supported by a unique global network of Africa expert teams. These regional expert teams are based at the Rödl & Partner offices ofAtlanta, Berlin, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Padova, Paris and Shanghai.