MSI Global Alliance adds New York accounting firm

A2MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of independent legal and accounting firms, is pleased to announce the appointment of New York City based firm RSSM CPA LLP (RSSM) to its membership.

Established in 1956, RSSM is a full service firm offering a comprehensive range of accounting, auditing and tax services as well as consulting services. The firm was previously named one of the Top 25 CPA firms in the New York City metro area and ranked amongst the Top 100 Accounting and Consulting firms in the US by Accounting Today.

RSSM has extensive experience in diverse industries spanning construction, manufacturing, real estate, investment and insurance as well as technology, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit. Following a recent restructuring in the firm RSSM joins MSI to be able to meet growing client demands and to expand its international capabilities and resources.

Steven J. Eller, Executive Committee member and tax partner at RSSM said, “ As RSSM moves forward in 2015 and beyond with its new firm name, associated branding and marketing, we are excited to provide our clients the access to both the legal and accounting reach that MSI offers.”

MSI’s chief executive, Tim Wilson, commented, “RSSM is a perfect addition to MSI. They are a well-established, well known Manhattan-based firm with pan US and global interests. They have real ambition for the future and I know they will contribute greatly to MSI. I am really looking forward to working with them as we move forward.”

RSSM joins MSI with 11 partners and 90 staff.


About MSI Global Alliance

MSI is an international association of independent legal and accounting firms. With over 240 carefully selected member firms in more than 100 countries, MSI is one of the world’s leading associations. MSI was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms.

In 2013, MSI Global Alliance was awarded “Association of the Year” by the International Accounting Bulletin, the leading authority of the global accounting industry which regularly analyses firm performance and best practices. For more information on MSI and its member firms, please visit





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IC Marais

Professional experience:

IC Marais is a certified CA (SA) with public sector and private sector technical knowledge based on 5 years’ Public Sector accounting, auditing and financial management experience and 5 years audit, tax and accounting experience. Detailed knowledge of private and public sector accounting and auditing standards (GRAP, IPSAS, IFRS, IAS, ISA) and public sector financial legislation (MFMA, etc.)

He enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing.


Professional experience:

In 1995, Schalk started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and then Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007) in Bloemfontein. In 1998, Schalk was appointed as manager at Moores Rowland, where he became a partner in 2003. Schalk received his Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Taxation in 2006 and in 2009 he received his Certificate in the Administration of Estates.


Professional experience:

Cedric started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007), Bloemfontein, in 1986. After completion of his articles, he joined the Special Investigations Division of the Department of Finance (SA Revenue Services) as a senior inspector from 1990 to 1991.


Professional experience:

Lucha started her career as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. After this she worked in commerce in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

On her return to South Africa, she completed her CA training contract with us and has been with Newtons ever since. She became a Partner in 2012.

Apart from her CA(SA) qualification she also holds a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Taxation (2005) and has the overall responsibility for training as our Training Officer.