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In conversation with MPR: meet MGI’s new Melbourne firm

20th January 2015

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Matt Murphy is managing partner at MGI Australasia’s latest addition, Melbourne-based MPR Group. Here he speaks to MGI about the firm and its future within the alliance.

Can you give us a quick overview about MPR Group?

MPR Group is boutique firm situated in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne’s central business district. Our office is right next to Melbourne’s Yarra River.

We currently have about 25 staff in our firm. We have four directors, 18 professional staff and three support staff.

Marc Peskett started the firm in 2000 and I joined in 2003. Since then, together Marc and I have created a vision for our firm based on growth and innovation.

What type of businesses does MPR Group seek?

Like the other MGI firms we target SME and family business clients as their needs match our skills and expertise.

For us MGI seemed like a natural fit. This is a strategic move for us. We serve businesses ranging from SMEs to family businesses to large public entities. MGI brings a lot to the table for all of these clients. We also compete against the big 4 so MGI’s reach across 85 countries will be a key benefit to some of our clients as they pursue their global expansion.

I believe that MPR Group has something unique to bring to the MGI table. With clients from Melbourne to New York to Silicon Valley our focus on technology, biotech and innovation is attractive. We can further develop MGI’s capabilities and credibility in these sectors. We will be able to leverage and build off that growth together.

What factors influenced your decision to join MGI?

A major influencing factor of our decision to join MGI was the cultural fit that I experienced meeting Grant Field, Chairman, MGI Australasia. We have been very comfortable from our initial enquiries that there is a very strong alignment of values between our firm and MGI.

MGI also brings the critical advantage of a much larger group. Advantages like great leadership and management programmes, conferences and career expansion for our key people, shared business development and marketing efforts, scale in the marketplace and the leverage of a global network of relationships.

Given the size, scope and expertise within the network - the ability to say ‘yes’ we can help any client on any matter anywhere in the world we think is absolutely critical to being competitive in today’s market.

Do you see any immediate potential collaboration areas with other MGI firms?

We currently do not have an audit division for our practice; however a number of our clients require these services. So we are looking forward to being able to offer our clients assistance with their audit requirements by using the MGI network.

In addition, we are one of the largest providers of specialised services in the areas of R&D Tax Concessions and Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) outside the big four accounting firms. We are looking forward to being able to provide these services to the clients of MGI.

Beyond that, we believe our experience in start up, tech, life sciences and innovation space could also be of value to MGI firms.

To contact Matt Murphy or any of MPR Group’s other directors, head to the firm’s MGI World member profile page.

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