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Arnold McClellan has over 28 years of experience in the accounting industry and has partnered with some of the nation’s top firms.

McClellan is a certified public accountant, licensed in the states of Georgia and California. He has served over 15 years as a partner for some of the nation’s top firms. Known for his keen ability to build and maintain valuable relationships, he has successfully been able to meet the tax needs of numerous high profile clients around the world. In particular, he has advanced expertise in the areas of merger and acquisition services, which he uses when advising clients on corporate, international and multi-state tax matters.

As a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Arnold is able to further his professional development and has access to industry resources, as well as invaluable networking opportunities.

In 2013, McClellan began a position of Mergers and Acquisitions Services Partner-in-Charge with Squar Milner. The firm consists of public accountants and financial advisors, with offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and San Diego. His primary responsibilities involve working with private equity firms, Securities and Exchange Commission registrants and privately held companies.

McClellan offers his clients accounting and tax structuring advice, due diligence and assistance with merger and acquisition transactions. These various transactions deal with initial public offerings, dispositions, acquisitions, equity and debt restructuring, minority investments, leveraged buyouts and mergers. McClellan is seasoned in various industries including manufacturing, distribution and retail of consumer and industrial products, as well as the business and professional services, technology and hospitality industries.

He has great experience and an extensive depth of knowledge that is greatly appreciated by various high-profile clients at Squar Milner.

McClellan received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University.

Arnold McClellan began his professional accounting career with Arthur Andersen in 1984. At this prestigious firm, located in Atlanta, Georgia, McClellan served as a Senior Tax Consultant, working with an extremely diverse client base.

He worked with Arthur Andersen until 1987, when he then accepted a position with Deloitte LLP, one of the largest accounting and financial advisory firms in the world. With this company, he was able to build valuable relationships with his clients, whom he advised on multistate, corporate, and international tax matters. For 23 years, McClellan served with Deloitte, working in the company’s New York, Atlanta, San Francisco and London offices.

McClellan demonstrated his dedication to his work throughout his tenure, earning him several promotions within the company. In 1996, he became a Merger and Acquisitions Transactions Services (MATS) Tax Partner, serving as such for 14 years. Furthermore, in 2004, he was named the MATS Northern California Regional Managing Partner, which he maintained until 2010. Under his leadership, approximately 15 new members were added to his team, who successfully doubled their revenue.

There were also many leadership committees McClellan served on within the company including the United States MATS Leadership Committee, the United States Tax Innovation Committee, the Global Sovereign Wealth Committee and the Northern California Leadership Committee, where he reviewed and implemented strategic decisions on broad situations that affected the company.

Philanthropic Work
Arnold McClellan uses the knowledge he has gained throughout his career to help the efforts of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, where he serves as a member of the Finance Committee and Board of Governors. Other organizations he donates to include the San Francisco Edgewood Center for Children and Families and the United Way.

The Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco
The Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco consists of nine clubhouses, where the organization offers community programming to youth between the ages of six and 18. The organization’s mission is to offer these young ones a secure and compassionate environment, in hope of providing them with the tools necessary to reach their full potential. In turn, this will enable them become thoughtful and responsible adults. Their programs range from healthy living, to academics, to athletics, to community involvement and participation in the arts.

Arnold also serves as a member of the organization, holding a position of the Board of Governors and Finance Committee. So far, he has partaken in two sizable transactions, which have made major impacts on the funding for the organization’s projects using New Market Tax Credit funding. In 2010, using these funds, the Boys and Girls Club was able to renovate the San Francisco Mission Clubhouse, which had shut its doors in 1926 due to structural damage. The organization was able to majorly upgrade to a 16,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, complete with a game room, multimedia center, teaching kitchen, large gym, teen center and community room.

Even better, the center is a sustainable building, using many of the latest green technologies. McClellan continues to make strides in the organization. His current project involves the planning of a new clubhouse, located in the Western Addition of San Francisco. This project will also utilize the New Market Tax Credit funding.

The San Francisco Edgewater Center for Children and Families
Arnold McClellan donates funds and has volunteered hours of his time to the San Francisco campus of the San Francisco Edgewater Center for Children and Families. The organization has two campuses, one in San Francisco and one in San Carlos. The mission of this invaluable organization is to offer programs for children facing and overcoming trauma due to mental illness, family trauma, abuse or neglect; as well as children suffering from behavioral difficulties. The San Francisco campus, where McClellan aids, consists of seven sprawling acres of picturesque, ocean-view property.

The administrative building is even complete with nursing offices and a medical department. In addition, there are also two playgrounds, a school, cottages for the residential program, outdoors athletic facilities, a gymnasium, a library, and a creative and expressive arts recreational space.

Children between the ages of six and 16 who exhibit severe emotional and behavioral disturbances can qualify for the residential program, which operates twenty-four hours a day, providing therapeutic, clinical, medical and family services. These children join the day program for class at the Edgewood Community School, which provides them with unique, special educational programs.

The subject matter and curriculum is based on the standards-based core curriculum used in most public schools. The only difference is that the Edgewood School makes certain accommodations and modifications to help the students along the learning process and help them achieve their academic goals.

The San Francisco Edgewater Center for Children and Family also reaches out to the public schools in the community. The organization works with 22 local public schools, offering programs to help the public schools better understand the needs of students with special necessities so they can make developments towards making a more progressive learning process.

The Tocqueville Society
Through Deloitte LLP, Arnold McClellan became a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way. The United Way was established in 1887, in an effort to better the lives of children, by way of educational improvements, providing tools and assistance to help families become financially stable, and with encouragement to live a healthier lifestyle. With 1,800 chapters in over 45 countries, the United Way continues to help those in need across the globe. The Tocqueville Society was created to recognize those who make considerable donations annually. The Society was created in 1984, with the purpose of recognizing those who “change lives through philanthropic leadership” and Arnold is proud to be included in this charitable group.

McClellan continues to improve his ability to help his client by keeping up with the latest methods in the industry. With his membership to some of the most elite organizations, Arnold McClellan ensures that his clients’ needs are met to the fullest potential.

  • 09/1980 to 05/1984
    : Georgia State University
    : Bachelor's in Accounting
    : United States
    : Atlanta, GA
Career History
  • 01/2013 to 12/2099
    : Mergers and Acquisitions Partner
    : United States
    : Los Angeles, CA
  • 01/1987 to 01/2010
    : Merger and Acquisitions Transactions Services, International Tax Partner
    : United States
    : New York, NY
  • N/A to N/A
    : Thirty years of experience writing clear,
    : Louisville
Core Competencies
  • Mergers & acquisitions due diligence and structuring
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Recruiting talent and building teams
  • Financial Modeling
  • GAAP
  • International Tax
  • Professional services firm leadership
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