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About Murdoch Partners

As leading business advisers, we understand the importance of planning for business success. We combine close partner involvement, commercial acumen and experience and a commitment to client service to ensure your business and financial needs and future goals are met, and we do it in the most cost-effective manner. Underpinning everything we do is the professional expertise to ensure statutory obligations are met. We understand the importance of areas such as taxation compliance.

Martin Sammut

Christine Trotto

Darren Smith

Dani Di Biasio

Martin Sammut

Martin Sammut

Martin joined the partnership at Murdoch Partners in 2006, after a role as partner of a large national accounting firm. He has over twenty years experience involving the provision of commercial business, taxation and accounting compliance advice to a diverse range of clients.

Martin’s client exposure has focused on large private groups, small public companies, small to medium closely held enterprises and traditional family businesses. Due to such exposure, Martin has developed core knowledge of the issues and risks facing businesses. He works with clients to encompass taxation strategy as a key component of the process to achieve business objectives.

Martin has played significant roles outside of the firm including positions as Victorian Chairman of the Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand, Chairman of the Professional Practices Panel of the Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand, and committee member of the Small Business Association of Victoria, along with voluntary contributions to various community organisations.

Core Expertise

  • Professional and Health Related Services
  • Veterinary
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail
  • Business Valuations
  • Taxation and Succession Planning

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Fellow – Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand
  • Member – CPA Australia
  • Fellow – Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Bachelor of Business – Philip Institute
Christine Trotto

Christine Trotto

Chris joined the firm in 1992. She plays an integral role in the strategic development of her clients. Through her commitment to quality, vast business taxation and superannuation expertise, Chris adds value to clients and their businesses.

Chris has worked with a range of clients from small family owned businesses to large complex group structures. Her breadth of experience enables Chris to tailor strategies to meet the needs of individual clients.

Chris works with a variety of businesses, including medical practices and practitioners, service providers, veterinary practices, property developers and investors.

As a component of providing a business advisory solution for clients, Chris addresses key issues of business management and growth strategies. She specializes in providing advice to clients on succession, retirement and estate planning both prior to and subsequent to retirement. Chris works with clients to develop strategies to build personal wealth, minimise income tax and protect assets as clients move through all phases of their lives.

Core Expertise

  • Business Structure and Planning
  • Superannuation and Estate Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Development and Implementation of Strategies
  • Wealth Creation
  • Self Managed Superannuation Funds
  • Health and Professional Services
  • Veterinary
  • Property Development

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Member – Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand
  • Senior Associate – Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) – RMIT
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning – Financial Services Institute of Australasia
Darren Smith

Darren Smith

Darren joined the firm late in 2009 with over 15 years experience in private practice. He has a passion for and has focused heavily on the needs of high net worth individuals, family groups and owner operated businesses.

Darren works closely with his clients in order to gain a detailed understanding of their financial and business requirements. This approach then allows him to work with his clients and where necessary, specialist advisors, to ensure that relevant strategies and practical solutions are developed for the client with the ultimate goal of building personal wealth.

Darren is passionate about taxation law and has combined this passion with a ten year involvement as a leading facilitator for the Chartered Accountants CA taxation module which forms part of the Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand Post Graduate education program.

Core Expertise

  • Business Structuring and Cashflow Planning
  • Taxation and Succession Planning
  • Professional and Health Related Services
  • Private Wealth Investment Structures
  • Medical
  • Veterinary

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Member – Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand
  • Fellow – Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) – Swinburne
Dani Di Biasio

Dani Di Blasio

Dani Di Blasio joined Murdoch Partners in 2015 following a long and successful career as a trusted business advisor for privately owned businesses and their owners, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and MGI Melbourne.

Dani’s client base consists largely of medium to large family and private businesses in the IT, retail, manufacturing, finance, transport, education, medical and property development.

Dani has been involved in several family successions, allowing business owners to successful transition out of their business and realise their personal wealth.

Dani specialises in providing advice to SME’s and their owners, developing strategies to maximise business growth, tax planning, asset protection, wealth creation as well as succession planning.

Providing consulting services in all areas of taxation including capital gains tax (with a particular focus on the Small Business CGT Concessions), structuring of businesses for asset protection and succession planning, restructuring (including the utilisation of tax rollovers), and corporate tax (predominantly Division 7A and tax consolidations).

Core Expertise

  • Small Business CGT Concessions
  • Asset Protection
  • Tax Rollovers & Restructuring
  • Corporate Tax – Division 7A and Tax Consolidations

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Business – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
  • Member – Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand
  • Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia