international bdo network

Who we are

BDO’s distinctive reputation for client proximity is built upon our commitment to all our stakeholders that what matters to them matters to us. Our clients recognise us as their preferred adviser, appreciating our seamless service world wide.

Our story is one of continuously responding to ever changing client needs.

We were founded in 1963 when firms from the UK, Netherlands, Germany, US and Canada joined forces to share and expand their knowledge to better support clients. We were known as Binder Seidman International Group until 1973, when we adopted the name Binder Dijker Otte & Co: BDO.

We continued to build our international capabilities, growing the strong local roots that mean we now provide services to our clients in 144 countries. In 1988, we established a world wide structure and the BDO acronym was placed before each local member firm’s name. This, together with the introduction of a new logo and a consistent global brand, clearly demonstrated that the local expertise of our member firms was combined with the international expertise and strength of our international network.

Since then, our network has continued to transform in response to client needs, culminating in the change of our name in 2009 to simply BDO. Our move to a single global trading name demonstrates our commitment to service our clients and to compete successfully in our market on a multinational basis.

BDO is the world’s fifth largest accountancy network. We have an excellent partner to staff ratio, with 56,000 people working with our clients and offering challenging, ethical and practical advice from 1,264 offices in 144 countries.

Our commitment to knowledge and best practice sharing means that expertise is easily shared across the network. Our common methodologies and IT platform ensure effective and efficient service delivery to all our clients. To maintain standards we have a robust accreditation process and quality assurance review procedure.

We remain focused on helping our clients navigate ever-changing economic and market conditions by providing high quality advice and service to all our clients on a consistent basis. This will enable us to achieve our ambition to significantly increase our market share and ensure that we are recognised in the market as a unified global network.

Doing Business in Switzerland and abroad

In the middle of Europe, Switzerland is ideally located for international business. With its high-qualified personnel, its reputation for precision and its multilingual culture, Switzerland is one of the best place for financial, commercial or industrial business.

With branches in the German, French and Italian speaking parts of Switzerland, BDO Ltd is one of the leading purely Swiss managed companies with expertise in accounting, auditing, tax, legal, outsourcing and management consultancy. Our customers are small- and medium-sized companies, banks, public institutions and not-for-profit-organisations. Our key competences also include national and international tax advice, trustee operations and consulting in finance and information technology.

The offshore industry is another area in which we specialise, setting up and managing foundations, trusts and offshore companies. As a member of the BDO network, we deliver all the flexibility, specialist expertise, closeness and personal service of a local firm, together with the capabilities, network and strength of the large scale global players.