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Russell Bedford Accounting Network Appoints First Correspondent in Honduras

IrĂ­as & Asociados, a leading public accounting firm in Honduras, joins Russell Bedford international accounting group.

London, United Kingdom, June 23, 2011 --( The Tegucigalpa-based accounting firm Irías & Asociados S. de R. L. has been selected as the Russell Bedford correspondent in Honduras.

Irías & Asociados was founded in 1993 by Maria Irías de Zúniga and Omar Zúniga Núñez with the aim of providing high quality accounting, auditing, consulting and legal services to local and international private companies, public institutions, multinational organisations and NGOs.

The firm is ranked by the Comisión Nacional de Bancos y Seguros (CNBS) as a category ‘B’ audit firm, which means it is qualified to audit all companies and organisations except banks, savings and loan institutions, insurance companies and Apex investment funds. There are only 11 audit firms in this category in the country.

The firm has now four principals.

Maria Irías is a Public Accountant with more than 25 years of professional experience. She began her career with one of the Big-4, leaving after eight years to found her own practice. She is a member of the Colegio de Peritos Mercantiles y Contadores Públicos de Honduras (CPMCP) and member of the Colegio Hondureño de Profesionales Universitarios en Contaduría Pública (COHPUCP). She is also Secretary of the COHPUCP and of the Asociación de Firmas Auditoras de Honduras. In addition, she was formerly a professor at the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC).

Omar Zúniga Núñez spent the first 13 years of his career with the Honduran tax administration authority (Dirección Ejecutiva de Ingresos) before becoming a tax consultant. He then became corporate comptroller at one of the country’s largest corporations. Omar is now a partner with Irías & Asociados, specialising in tax consultancy, development consultancy and insurance administration. He is a qualified Public Accountant, member of the CPMCP and member of the COHPUCP.

Raul Edgardo Suazo is a Public Accountant with a Master’s degree in Finance. He is also a member of the CPMCP and member of the COHPUCP. He began his career at a Big-4 firm and became an accountant in industry before joining Irías & Asociados as a senior manager. He is now the director in charge of audit and accounting.

Carlos Fernando Zúniga Irías is a qualified Lawyer with an LLM in Tax Consultancy. He is a member of the Colegio de Abogados de Honduras. He gained professional experience in various organisations including the legal department of a major bank, one of the leading corporate law firms in Honduras and a law firm in Madrid, Spain. He is now the director in charge of the firm's legal department and is responsible for quality control.

For further information, contact Carlos Zúniga on +504 2239 2663. Alternatively, visit the websites and

Note to Editors

Established in 1983, Russell Bedford International is a global network of independent firms of accountants, auditors, tax advisers and business consultants.

Ranked amongst the world's leading accounting and audit networks, Russell Bedford is represented by some 460 partners, 5000 staff and 200 offices in more than 80 countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

All Russell Bedford affiliates are well-established firms offering international business advice and services to local and multinational clients. Most provide a full range of services comprising accounting, auditing, tax advice, general business guidance and financial consulting. In addition, many have special expertise in particular fields, such as international taxation or information technology.

In January 2008 Russell Bedford International was named one of the first 17 full members of the IFAC Forum of Firms after reporting it had implemented a globally coordinated quality assurance programme, committed to the use of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), and met other specific ethics requirements.

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Kempton Bedell-Harper
Marketing Director
Russell Bedford International
Russell Bedford House
250 City Road, London EC1V 2QQ
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 20 7410 0339
F: +44 (0) 20 7459 2337

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