February 27, 2012 – Grassi & Co. is proud to announce that Robert Castro, CPA, formerly of BDO USA, LLP, has joined the firm as Partner. Robert has over 30 years of experience in the profession and specializes in accounting, audit, and business advisory services to the Financial Services Industry.
Robert has extensive professional experience serving broker/dealers in securities, investment advisors, investment partnerships, business development companies (“BDC’s”), leasing and specialty finance companies. He has proven instrumental in assisting clients in their going public phase and has performed engagements in connection with registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Most recently, Robert was Managing Director of BDO USA financial services group In this capacity, he led a group of over one hundred professionals delivering accounting, audit, tax, and business advisory services to the financial services community. Robert built a world class team of client centric service professionals culminating in their being recognized by Institutional Investors Alpha magazine as the best accounting firm serving the hedge fund industry not once but twice, the largest international accounting firm ever to have achieved such recognition.
In addition to Robert’s CPA licensure, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), where he is a past member of their Stockbrokerage Committee, and the Securities Industry Association and is currently a member of their Internal Audit and Financial Management Divisions. Robert graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and is a former professor in the CUNY system.
The addition of Robert Castro is part of Grassi & Co.’s continued growth, as outlined by firm Managing Partner Louis C. Grassi. “Robert’s areas of expertise, particularly in the Financial Services Industry and hedge funds, make him a true asset to Grassi & Co.,” commented Grassi. “We have an extremely strong New York City presence and I am more confident than ever that by expanding our talent pool with great additions like Robert, we will reach our goal of doubling the size of the firm within five years.”