Rödl & Partner was founded in 1977 in Nuremberg by Dr. Bernd Rödl, a German attorney who in pursuit of meeting the clients’ needs also earned the title of a certified public auditor and a certified tax adviser. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the firm expanded its operations into East Germany. We were one of the first West German consulting firms to take this step. Soon thereafter, we opened our first office outside of Germany – namely in Prague, and later in Budapest and Warsaw. Offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Bratislava, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Chisinau, Minsk, and other Central and Eastern European locations followed. In a number of post-communist states, we were the first German professional services firm.
In 1994 Rödl & Partner was first again – this time to obtain a license for providing services in the People’s Republic of China. Soon we opened offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Guangzhou, followed by Singapore and Jakarta. After this success series, it became obvious to us that we need to be always where our clients are. That is why with the opening of our first office in Italy in 1998 we started to strengthen our position in Western Europe. Soon followed the offices in Spain, France, Switzerland, and in 2008 an office in the UK was opened. At the same time, we started our worldwide expansion with offices opening, among others, in the USA, Brazil, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Mexico and in 2013 in Malaysia. From a local law firm, we grew into a global consulting group.
In 2015, Rödl & Partner expanded into West Africa through the integration of a group of three fast-growing firms of accountants and business advisors: WFO Professional Services LP, WFO Advisors Limited and Lekki Corporate Services Limited. The founder and leaders have had decades of experience in West Africa, including diversified experiences in the “Big-4” firms. As a result of this partnership, we now have six offices in West Africa, in Nigeria, Côte D’Ivoire and Ghana. Our business in West Africa focuses on comprehensive advisory services for foreign investors and domestic enterprises. The services include the audit of financial statements, financial and payroll accounting as well as tax, legal, and personnel-related advisory.