New partners at Baker Tilly members in Malaysia and Singapore

05 February 2020 Consultancy.asia

Baker Tilly members in Malaysia and Singapore have seen in the new year with a number of new partnership promotion across various functions.

The Malaysia and Singapore members of global top-ten accounting and consultancy network Baker Tilly have a quartet of fresh partners in their midst, with leaders Esther Cheah, Paul Tan and Ng Jou Yin newly promoted in Malaysia and Singapore’s Jeremy Chan admitted at the beginning of the year. The Singaporean branch has also celebrated its support of Resources Global Development in becoming the SGX’s first IPO listing of the year.

Serving as the firm’s Head of Quality Assurance & Technical, Esther Cheah has been with Baker Tilly in Malaysia for the past 13 years, joining in 2006 after a five-year stint at rival mid-tier network BDO. Paul Tan, Baker Tilly Malaysia’s director for Transaction Reporting, was previously with KPMG, while Ng Jou Yin joined from fellow Big Four firm Ernst & Young and serves as a director for Baker Tilly’s Audit & Assurance business in Malaysia.

“Esther, Paul and Jou Yin had passed their audit license interview last year in the month of November and had since received their respective audit licenses as of December 2019,” the firm stated in a social media post. “We are extremely proud of their remarkable achievements and we hope that this promotion will serve to motivate them to reach for greater milestones in their professional career. Once again, congratulations Esther, Paul and Jou Yin!”

Esther Cheah, Paul Tan, Ng Jou Yin and Jeremy Chan

Meanwhile in Singapore, Baker Tilly’s local network member ushered in the new year with the addition of Jeremy Chan to its partnership ranks. Chan joins Baker Tilly’s assurance team after nine and a half years with RSM Singapore, where he was an audit partner and earlier a director between Singapore and Shanghai. Altogether, he has amassed 18 years of audit experience serving with international and mid-tier accounting firms in Singapore and China.

“We are pleased to have Jeremy on board. With his wealth of experience, I am confident that we can continue to build on the firm’s technical capabilities to offer outstanding solutions for our client,” said Joshua Ong, who succeeded Asia Pacific chairman Sim Guan Seng as Baker Tilly Singapore’s new Managing Partner toward the end of last year. In response, Chan stated; “It is my great honour to be part of the Baker Tilly family in Singapore.”

The firm has also had further cause to celebrate – having supported this year’s first IPO listing on the SGX Catalist board, with Resources Global Development going live on the last day of January. Baker Tilly Singapore served as Independent Auditor and Reporting Accountant ahead of the listing. “We thank the management team for its trust and confidence in partnering with Baker Tilly for this significant milestone,” said Assurance Partner Khor Boon Hong.

“This IPO was only made possible with the strong support from our sponsor and advisors including our Reporting Accountant Baker Tilly – the professionalism exhibited by Khor Boon Hong and his team has been exemplary,” responded Resources Global Development  Limited’s Chief Financial Officer Thomas Yeo. “Their familiarity with the SGX listing rules and execution efficiency made the listing process a very positive experience.”