Mazars announces Canadian expansion

22 February 2018

Mazars, the international accounting and advisory firm, has announced the appointment of John Casola as head of advisory and valuations for the Americas in its Global Infrastructure Finance (GIF) team. John will join the new Toronto office which, in addition to Mazars’ established Montreal operation, expands the firm’s presence in Canada.

This will reinforce Mazars’ position as a major adviser to clients in North America, expanding the reach of its services which include Assurance, Accounting, Tax and Advisory Services to SMEs, large private and public entities, NPOs and subsidiaries of international companies.

Mazars’ GIF team has the stated aim of being the world leader in advisory and assurance services for the infrastructure and energy sectors. It specialises in financial modelling, model audit, tax, accounting, valuations, financial advisory, due diligence, and related training services, and has been ranked the number one model auditor by deal count for two consecutive years*. The permanent presence in Toronto will allow the integrated global team to be closer to its existing Canadian clients, while growing Mazars’ relationships with Canadian businesses nationally.

The Global Infrastructure team is adding the Toronto office to its existing locations in New York, Sydney, London and Delhi, providing local expertise for global clients with a consistent level of service. The Toronto team will work closely with the partnership teams in New York and Montreal.

John Casola, an experienced and highly respected business leader, will be responsible for overseeing advisory and valuations for GIF across the Americas. With a background in Law, and key leadership roles with professional and financial services businesses including PWC, Investec, and BedRock Capital Partners, John will provide the strategic direction and drive for continued growth. Close collaboration between Mazars’ GIF team and its Montreal audit, tax and advisory teams will allow the firm to provide an expanded suite of services to infrastructure clients across Canada.

Serge Principe, Mazars in Canada managing partner, said: “Adding someone of John’s calibre to support clients across the Americas adds great value to our client proposition: in addition to an expanded service offering with financial advisory and valuation services, John’s experience and expertise will be a significant asset.”.

Haydn Palliser, Partner Infrastructure & Energy, Americas, said: “We have a long and valued relationship with clients in Canada, so it is exciting to complement our established Montreal presence with an office in Toronto. Across Canada, Mazars will now be able to offer a full suite of services to the infrastructure, energy, and mining industries including tax, accounting, audit and advisory services”.


* Number One ranked advisor by volume in InfraDeals 1H16 Project finance and advisory league, 2016, 2017

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About Mazars

Mazars is an international, integrated and independent organisation, specialising in audit, accountancy, advisory, tax and legal services. As of 1st January 2018, Mazars and its correspondents operate throughout 102 countries and territories, of which 86 are part of Mazars’ international integrated partnership and 16 are Mazars correspondent firms and representative offices. The Praxity Alliance offers Mazars operating capacity via professional teams in 21 additional countries. Mazars draws upon the expertise of 20,000 women and men led by 980 partners working from 300 offices worldwide. We assist clients of all sizes, from SMEs to midcaps and global players as well as start-ups and public organisations, at every stage of their development.

About Mazars in Canada

Mazars in Canada has over 50 years of experience in providing Assurance, Tax, Accounting and Advisory Services. Our firm consists of more than 120 professionals, experts, partners and administrative personnel based in Montréal and Toronto. We support SMEs, large private and public companies, NPOs and subsidiaries of international companies in achieving growth and success, both locally and internationally.