HLB International

HLB International is a global network of independent advisory and accounting firms, comprising member firms in 153 countries. HLB International member firms offer audit, accounting, tax and business advisory services.

HLB International is a leading mid-tier accounting network. As of 1 January 2019 the network has a total worldwide revenue of US $2.73 billion. HLB International is a member of the Forum of Firms.

HLB International
Network of independent firms
HeadquartersExecutive Office in London, UK
ProductsAccounting, audit, tax
Revenue$2.73 billion USD (2019)


The network was formed in 1969. The current name was derived from Hodgson Landau Brands, which was based on some of the early members: Hodgson Harris, founded in 1877 by Robert Hodgson (UK), Mann Judd Landau, founded in 1926 as Fred Landau & Co by Fred Landau, (US) and Brands & Wolff (Netherlands). In the course of time, these three names all disappeared through mergers, and the network shortened its name to HLB International in 1990.


HLB is represented in 153 countries on five continents. Collectively, member firms have 27,485 partners and staff in 745 offices worldwide.

United Kingdom

The founder firm in the United Kingdom, Fuller Jenks Beecroft & Co, merged with Mann Judd in 1975 and then left this network to join Touche Ross,[1] which is now Deloitte. (In Australia and New Zealand, some firms with the name Mann Judd remain members of HLB.)

Hodgson Harris succeeded Mann Judd as the UK member, contributing the name Hodgson to HLB. By successive mergers this UK firm became Hodgson Impey, then Kidsons Impey, and was finally known as HLB Kidsons before leaving the network for Baker Tilly in London (not to be confused with Baker Tilly International) in 2002.[2][3]

HLB then invited the listed company Numerica, an accountancy consolidator, to become its UK member.[3] In 2005 Numerica, in financial difficulty, was mostly taken over by another listed consolidator, Vantis, which replaced it as the UK member of HLB. At the end of June 2010, Vantis also foundered, and was broken up.[4]

Having been dependent for several years on the expansion plans of a public company, the network instead built a federation of local partnerships by the end of 2010, following its model in the US and elsewhere.[5][6] Menzies (ranked 23rd in the UK), Hazlewoods (41st) and Lovewell Blake LLP (44th) joined HLB from accounting network Praxity,[7][8][9][10] followed by Hawsons,[11] Beever and Struthers, and French Duncan.

Management and governance

In April 2017, COO Marco Donzelli succeeded Rob Tautges as Chief Executive.[12]

In February 2010, Minnesota partner Rob Tautges succeeded Peter Frost as Chief Executive.[13]

Other managing and governing bodies are the Council, the Chairman, and the Executive Committee.

There are also several Technical Committees. The two main international committees relate to tax and audit and financial reporting.

The Executive Office is based in London.

Corporate and social responsibility

HLB Sustainability Programme

HLB member firms are committed to community outreach and "green" initiatives, based on both volunteer efforts and fundraising. Initiatives have so far been taken in various countries including Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.[14]

Women in Accounting - HLB WinA

HLB International recognises that retaining and promoting top talent can be particularly difficult where female staff members are concerned. The Women in Accounting initiative is aimed at sharing knowledge of best practice in order to assist member firms in attracting and retaining talented staff.[14]


  1. ^ Simplified family tree for the firm of Touche Ross, ICAEW
  2. ^ Kidsons family tree, ICAEW
  3. ^ a b "HLB joins Numerica". Accountancy Age. 14 Feb 2002. Archived from the original on 2016-01-27.
  4. ^ "HLB International begins search for new UK partner". Accountancy Age. 5 Jul 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-05-17.
  5. ^ "HLB still looking for Vantis replacement". Accountancy Age. 5 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-12-22.
  6. ^ HLB International to strengthen coverage in the UK, press release, 2 July 2010
  7. ^ "Menzies replaces Vantis as HLB partner". Accountancy Age. 6 Sep 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  8. ^ HLB International announces first member of new UK Federation, HLB press release. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  9. ^ HLB International announces second member of new UK Federation, HLB press release, 15 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  10. ^ "The Top 50 in 2010". Accountancy Age. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  11. ^ Hawsons added to HLB International network, Accountancy Age, 4 November 2010
  12. ^ Marco Donzelli appointed CEO of HLB International, HLB International, 19 April 2017
  13. ^ HLB International appoints new CEO, International Accounting Bulletin, February 2010
  14. ^ a b As of HLB International's website and LinkedIn account.

External links

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Forum of Firms

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HLB may refer to:

Halbi language of central India

Helium light band, unit of surface flatness

Hessian Ludwig Railway (German: Hessische Ludwigsbahn), a former German railway company

Hessische Landesbahn, a German transport company

High level bombing

Hildenborough railway station, in England

Hillsborough Resources, a Canadian coal-mining company

HLB International, an international network of accountancy firms

H.L. Boulton, a Venezuelan import and export company

H. L. Bourgeois High School, in Gray, Louisiana, United States

Hong Leong Bank, a Malaysian bank

Huanglongbing, a disease of citrus fruits

Hydrophilic-lipophilic balance, of a surfactant


Vantis plc was an accountancy firm based in London, England, providing accounting, tax and business advice to owner-managed businesses, listed companies, not for profit organisations, high-net-worth individuals and other professionals. It was placed in administration on 29 June 2010 and promptly broken up, with the various offices and businesses being sold as going concerns.

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