Ryan buys property tax consultancy Burgess Cawley Sullivan

05 January 2021 Consulting.ca

Ryan, a global business tax consultancy, has acquired Burgess Cawley Sullivan, a Vancouver-based consulting firm specializing in real estate and property tax consulting.

Founded in 1978, Burgess Cawley Sullivan (BCS) focuses on commercial real estate appraisal, property tax management & planning, and real estate consulting. Its real estate consulting offerings include development advisory, due diligence, litigation and arbitration, rent renewal, market studies, and insurance evaluation.

The Vancouver-based consultancy’s 33 property tax and appraisal professionals have expertise in rental residential, commercial, industrial, and office real estate. BCS works with major pension funds, banks, property managers, developers, investors, and property owners primarily in British Columbia.

Ryan’s acquisition of BCS will further expand its property tax capabilities in BC.Ryan buys property tax consultancy Burgess Cawley Sullivan“Ryan’s property tax team is already incredibly well-positioned in Canada,” said G. Brint Ryan, chairman and CEO of Ryan. “The established reputation and extensive experience of the BCS team, which has thrived in Western Canada for more than 40 years, further increases our capabilities and cements our property tax team as the premier provider in North America."

The Dallas-headquartered consulting firm in 2019 strengthened its Canadian presence by acquiring AEC Property Tax, the country’s largest privately owned property tax consulting firm. The move added a team of more than 70 consultants across offices in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver.

The BCS deal will see company founders Paul Sullivan and Sandra Cawley join Ryan as principals and regional leaders. Ryan Tung and Brian Keenan also join as principals.

“Our clients in Western Canada are seeking deep local expertise combined with a multidisciplined tax platform that only Ryan can offer,” said Garry Round, president of Canadian operations at Ryan. “The addition of Paul, Sandra, and the entire BCS team greatly enhances our existing service offering and increases our geographic reach by adding a strong group of recognized professionals in British Columbia.”

Ryan is the largest consultancy dedicated exclusively to business tax, with specialized services in tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology. The advisory firm has more than 2,500 professionals in over 50 countries, serving many prominent Global 5000 companies.