EY adds US tax advisory firm serving real estate and high net worth individuals

16/01/2018 News Team

EY has acquired RPR Partners to add to the stable of the Big Four advisory firm's United States private client services practice.

Based in San Diego and dedicated to serving high net worth clients throughout Southern California and beyond, RPR Partners is focused on supporting individuals and businesses involved in real estate as a key element of their wealth management.

RPR founders and co-directors Robert P. Regnery and Kenneth R. Van Damme II, both previous EY professionals, are returning to the firm after having built their independent tax advisory practice. This new team significantly expands EY's resources of private client service and real estate professionals.

"The addition of this team reflects our commitment to growing strategic areas with unmatched knowledge to meet each of our clients' needs and to contribute to our EY Global Family Business Center of Excellence," said Kate Barton, EY Americas vice chair of tax services. "We are particularly proud to have Bob and Ken back at EY, bringing their talented and insightful team with them."

Mr Regnery has 30 years of experience advising clients including private and public companies. He started his career in Chicago with EY before moving to San Diego. After nearly ten years with the real estate practices of EY and Kenneth Leventhal, Mr Regnery joined Peterson & Co where he led both the real estate group and the entrepreneurial services group before forming RPR Partners with Mr Van Damme.

Mr Van Damme has more than 27 years of tax advisory experience in the real estate industry and with high net worth individuals. Prior to forming RPR Partners, he had been EY's real estate tax compliance practice area leader for Southern California, and also served as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University teaching real estate finance and taxation. Mr Van Damme still serves as an occasional guest lecturer on real estate tax topics at several universities.

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