Brendan Balasekeran

Brendan Balasekeran

Partner, Business Services

Food & Agribusiness


Brendan is a Business Services Partner with BDO in Brisbane. He believes in investing in relationships and personally supports clients with their individual and business needs.

Brendan helps position his clients’ businesses for growth and prosperity. He provides proactive advice on tax defensive structures and has a particular passion for wills, estate planning, business succession and assisting with property settlements. Brendan has worked with a wide range of industries including property developers, not for profits, government infrastructure, professional practices and food security and agribusiness. Brendan has also personally authored a number of private rulings and successfully supported corporate groups in relation to tax reviews and audits.

Brendan joined BDO in 2006 and has been a partner since 2011. He has worked in public practice for over fifteen years.


  • Tax planning & defensive structuring
  • Estate planning, wills & property settlements
  • Private ruling and reasonable arguable position papers
  • Employee remuneration, share plans & salary packaging
  • Growth advisory


  • Financial services
  • Agribusiness
  • Professional services
  • Manufacturing
  • Property & construction
  • Government & public sector

Key assignments

  • Corporate Governance & CFO Duties – Seconded to the QLD State Government to assist in management of one of the water infrastructure projects
  • Business purchase negotiations – Due diligence procedures for the purchase of an engineering and professional services firm including identification of the obscure business risks from the target acquisitions trading history
  • Business Restructures – navigation of state and federal tax laws to split business assets from personal assets
  • Business sale – tax advice on sale of a business resulting in a multi-million dollar saving


  • Bachelor of Commerce


  • Fellow, Tax Institute of Australia
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand