BKR Adds Three Firms

Ecuador, El Salvador, and Edina, Minn.

By CPA Trendlines

BKR International is adding Elias & Asociados, San Salvador, El Salvador; GW Carter, Ltd., Edina, Minn.; and Auditores Externos Varela & Patiño Cia. Ltda., Guayaquil, Ecuador,  to its roster of 160 firms with 500 offices in 80 nations.


Established in 1989, Elias & Asociados provides a wide range of audit, IT audit, and tax services. The firm focuses on government and autonomous entities, international financing programs, financial entities (cooperatives, banks, and insurance), ONGs and retailing. The addition of Elias & Asociados helps to strengthen BKR International’s presence in Latin America during an important period of trade expansion in the region, according to Aiysha Johnson, BKR International Executive Director, Americas Region.

GW Carter, Ltd. is a boutique tax firm selected to provide international tax services through the association, with a particular focus on the tax needs of foreign nationals and United States citizens abroad. “We want to be clear that DS&B, Ltd. remains the exclusive BKR representative in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, and its leadership gave consent for BKR to engage in membership discussions with GWC due to their non-competitive focus on international tax services,” Johnson says. GWC was established in 2010 by Gary W. Carter who continues to lead the firm.

Auditores Externos Varela & Patiño Cia. Ltda. was established in 2013 by founding partner Carlos Manuel Varela Patiño. Prior to founding the firm, Carlos worked as an external auditor of financial statements and as a tax advisor authorized by the Superintendence of Companies, Securities and Insurance in Ecuador. Since 2013, Auditores Externos Varela & Patiño Cia. Ltda. has maintained a loyal client base and strives to reach more sectors and expand nationally. Its two partners and staff of 11 specialize in accounting and auditing, tax, real estate, and the pharmaceutical sector.

BKR International celebrates 30 years as one of the top global accounting associations, representing the combined strength and market exclusivity of more than 160 independent accounting and business advisory firms in over 500 offices and 80 countries. To learn more about BKR, visit www.bkr.com.

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