Wolters Kluwer Acquires Acclipse
by Terri Eyden on
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting  announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Acclipse Limited, a leading provider of online accounting software, serving accounting firms in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific. The parties anticipate completing the acquisition July 13, 2012.
With this planned acquisition, Wolters Kluwer will further expand and complement its existing offering of advanced information and software solutions, including Cloud-based solutions, for accounting firms and corporate finance professionals in the region. Acclipse will become part of the division's Asia Pacific‒based business, which goes to market as CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business. Wolters Kluwer is a global leading provider of tax, accounting, and audit solutions and services.
"The acquisition of Acclipse will further advance Wolters Kluwer's leadership position in providing software and Cloud solutions for accounting firms and finance professionals, and our strategic expansion into collaborative accounting solutions, building on our acquisition of Twinfield in the Netherlands in 2011," said Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting CEO, Kevin Robert.
President of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Asia Pacific and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific, Russell Evans, said the acquisition will be an important step in the region for Wolters Kluwer's strategy to expand its offering of online software and content solutions for accountants and their clients.
"This acquisition will respond to the growing demand from accounting firms for genuine Cloud-based software to support a 24/7, value-added service to clients while lowering cost of ownership. We firmly believe that Cloud computing has the potential to transform how accountants work with their clients," he said.
The acquisition of Acclipse will complement Wolters Kluwer 2011 acquisition of Business Fitness New Zealand, a provider of practical content and workpapers to accounting firms, to standardize many of the common processes for compliance work.
As Business Fitness New Zealand is already integrated with the Acclipse Document Management solution, Business Fitness New Zealand clients will benefit from its content being available online.
"This end-to-end, integrated solution will be a key point of differentiation for CCH," Evans continued. "CCH knows that accounting firms are trusted advisers to SMEs. The Acclipse suite, which was designed from the ground up to help accountants better service their clients, is at the heart of what we do. CCH will now be better placed more than ever to leverage our deep subject-matter expertise, global presence, rich content assets, and robust technology platforms to help accounting firms work hand-in-hand with their SME clients and ensure 'true collaboration'," he said.
"When combined with CCH's outstanding content, Acclipse's Cloud-based accounting solution will give CCH a unique offering − a fully integrated suite of software, workpapers, templates and checklists, deep research content, and subject-matter expertise. We're calling this offering CCH iFirm − the all-embracing firm in the cloud."
CEO and founder of Acclipse, Mike Chisholm, said Acclipse is pleased with plans to join CCH. "This acquisition will allow Acclipse to remain focused on our core competency − offering accountants and their clients great online accounting software. The global reach of CCH and Wolters Kluwer will allow us to expand the reach of our iFirm and iBizz products, and integrate these with relevant content sources to bring accountants and their clients together and achieve significant productivity improvements," Chisholm said.
With fifty-five employees and headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand, Acclipse services over 1,000 firms and 10,000 licensed users in New Zealand, Australia, and Asia Pacific.
Source: Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting