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Accountancy Age 35 under 35

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Michael O’Brien, a Partner at Reeves, one of the major accountancy and financial services firms practicing in the South East of England, has been recognised as one of the “Accountancy Age 35 under 35”.

Accountancy Age made the announcement as part of their Young Professionals day on 23 February 2012, which celebrates the wide variety of achievements and skills held by the next generation of managing partners, CFOs and entrepreneurs.

Michael started his accountancy path by joining FW Stephens on its AAT programme.  On completion of this he went onto studying for the Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification which he completed in 2006. During that time he progressed through the ranks at the firm and his entrepreneurship led him to be made a partner in 2008, aged just 28.

When FW Stephens and Reeves merged in 2010, Michael had an active role in the process and the subsequent rebrand that followed later that year.

Since becoming a partner, Michael has built a portfolio of clients specialising in the media and technology sector and also overseas companies that are looking to set up and develop their businesses in the UK. Michael also speaks regularly at seminars around the world on the attractiveness of setting up businesses in the UK.

Michael, who only found out he was in the list on the day it was released, was thrilled to be recognised as one of the rising stars. He commented: “I am very proud to have been honoured amongst my peer group by Accountancy Age with so many other great talents; its obviously still relatively early in my career and there is a lot more I want to achieve but none the less its nice to be recognised for my achievements to date! 

I am also very fortunate to be part of culture here at Reeves which nurtures its younger professionals and strives to develop them for the future success of the business. This acknowledgment is really a testament to that and the support my fellow Partners have provided to the next generation."