Brazilian supply chain firm Gapso acquired by Accenture

10 March 2015

Gapso, a Brazil-based services and solutions provider specializing in supply chain operations, has been acquired by global consultancy Accenture. Accenture Analytics, a division of Accenture Digital, will integrate Gapso in order to increase its analytical capacities and complement its end-to-end analytical services. Terms and conditions of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 2003, Gapso’s headquarters are located in Rio de Janeiro. The firm offers a diverse range of operational planning solutions in the fields of supply chain, operations and logistics. In addition, Gapso supports clients in natural resources, manufacturing and agribusiness sectors by creating competitive advantages through data-driven analytical skills. 

Accenture is one of the world's largest consulting firms, specializing in management consulting, tech services and outsourcing. The firm has been consistently increasing its market share in Latin America, and has identified Brazil and digital consulting as key areas that will drive growth in the future. The acquisition of Gapso is part of Accenture's strategic growth plan for the LatAm region, and allows the firm to become a “key advanced analytics player in Brazil” according to Rodolfo Eschenbach, Accenture Digital Lead in Latin America. “By combining Accenture’s and Gapso’s broad analytics skills and capabilities, Brazilian companies will have access to the best data scientist talent and solutions in the market for driving real, data-driven, operations outcomes at scale,” Eschenbach added.

Gapso is now part of Accenture

The merger allows the Brazil-based consultancy to integrate into a larger network and "engage in a more powerful, broader-scope of analytics conversations with clients,” says Oscar Porto, the Business Director at Gapso. Looking to the future, Porto says Gapso is “looking forward to joining Accenture”, and adds that he believes the joining of forces will better both firms' position to “disrupt the resources and agribusiness industries through insight-enabled decision-making.”

Digital deals

The acquisition of Gapso and its 100 employees is Accenture’s second major addition in the digital space in the past year. In December last year, the firm purchased Reactive Media, an Australia-based digital agency with offices in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and US. And in May 2014, Accenture acquired Italian-based i4C Analytics, a move which saw approximately 70 employees join Accenture. 

BDO adds professional services firm in Bolivia to network

11 February 2019

Global professional services firm BDO has expanded its footprint in Latin America with the addition of a new member firm in Bolivia. 

The firm, trading as KPI Auditores y Consultores, was founded in 2010 and is managed by a team of seven partners, with managing partner Marcelo Berthin at the helm. Six of the new firm’s seven partners have a background at BDO, while the group also bring experience at tier-one accounting and consulting firms including EY, PKF and PwC to its new parent. KPI, previously affiliated with rival network Antea, which it joined in 2014, has been rebranded as BDO Bolivia. 

“BDO Bolivia’s goal is to deliver outstanding audit, financial advisory, tax, consulting, and digital services to clients,” said Berthin, who has been leading the firm since 2014, after serving a large bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID; a US agency that battles extreme global poverty) and EY, where he spent a decade in the firm’s audit department. While the firm works for clients across a range of sectors, its focus lies on clients in manufacturing, mining, not-for-profit, investment services and agriculture.

BDO adds professional services firm in Bolivia to network

According to Berthin, formerly KPI Auditores y Consultores will be able to benefit from BDO’s global reach – the world’s fifth largest accounting group has over 80,000 employees in 160+ countries – and the cross-border work which flows out of the network. “The recent increase in business enquiries from the UK, Germany, Panama, Chile and Brazil that we’ve received through BDO’s global organisation confirm this and points to further expansion for BDO in Bolivia.”

He added that the local teams based in La Paz (headquarter) and Santa Cruz will also be able to tap into BDO’s deep industry and functional expertise.

Commenting on the expansion in Bolivia, Albert Lopez, BDO’s Regional CEO for the Americas, said: “I am very pleased to welcome a leading firm in Bolivia to BDO. With significant experience in Bolivia, servicing national and international companies and institutions, the team have an established reputation that will launch BDO onto new paths of growth in Bolivia. The new firm’s ability to provide integrated solutions to its clients in the country will, when combined with BDO’s global reach, see business coming in from the wider Latin American region and beyond.”

Across Latin America, BDO has more than 5,100 professionals working from 63 offices in 23 countries. The firm’s largest offices are located in economic hotspots such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. 

Late last year, professional services firm Andersen Global touched in Bolivia with the addition of Tufiño Villegas to its network. The tax and legal advisory was founded in 1995 and has offices in capital city La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.