Bruce commenced his accounting career at Price Waterhouse in 1970 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant shortly thereafter. He went on to manage the Price Waterhouse office in Vanuatu before moving to Exxon Chemical Co in 1980. Bruce was the taxation manager for the Exxon Chemical group of companies in Australia and later transferred to Hong Kong as the regional tax manager for the wider Exxon Chemical Asia Pacific operations. During that time he gained an extensive knowledge of international tax matters. More recently he was a partner at WHK Melbourne before joining Baumgartners in 2012.
In public practice, Bruce has gained an enviable reputation as a specialist in litigation support on family law matters. Working in conjunction with family lawyers, he acts as a single expert or consultant expert in the valuation of family businesses and has completed valuations for a broad spectrum of businesses. He also provides forensic accounting services in the family law context.
Bruce has a wealth of knowledge and experience advising businesses in the SME sector on diverse matters ranging from income tax planning and structuring, management advice, business restructuring and sale, arrangement of financing facilities and superannuation strategies. In addition, Bruce has managed the back office services for a number of international companies operating in Australia and advises on, and assists in, the establishment of foreign businesses expanding into Australia.
Over his 42 years as an accountant, Bruce has gained an in-depth knowledge of many different business sectors including chemical manufacturing, health and aged care, commercial property and general manufacturing. This broad cross section of experience has equipped Bruce with the skills to add significant value to a business or financial transaction through the provision of in-depth, relevant and timely advice.
Qualifications and memberships
- Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
- Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia
- Registered Tax Agent