MICHAEL L. AGUIRRE, CPA MBA, MST
Founder & Senior Partner, UHY M.L.AGUIRRE & CO., CPAs
Michael 'Mhike' L. Aguirre has been managing the accounting firm that bears his name since its founding in November 2006. His career in the practice of accountancy started when he joined a leading 2nd tier international accounting network in 1999. He was seconded to Grant Thornton Vietnam where he was tasked to lead audits on foreign-funded projects and NGOs with operations in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. He continued his audit practice in Manila until he went on to organize his own firm.
Mhike has performed numerous statutory and special audits on local and foreign corporations and has conducted consultancy engagements involving M&As, consolidations, receiverships and rehabilitations. He has also extensive experience in various functional areas such as fraud audits, cost accounting, automated accounting systems, and internal control reviews and assessments. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from an individual practice into a partnership that caters to multinationals as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.
Mhike was also involved in the academe as a faculty member of the University of Makati from 2009 to 2010. In late 2015, he was appointed by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) as a member of the Quality Assurance Review Committee. As committee member, he facilitated the introduction of Quality Assurance Review (QAR) among his fellow public practitioners in the country. He was once commissioned to head the Ethics & Governance Committee of the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice (ACPAPP) in 2016-2017. An active member in various associations: Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (KCCP), Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc. (AIAP), Tax Management Association of the Philippines, Inc. (TMAP), and in his Firm's international affiliation, Intercontinental Groupings of Accountants & Lawyers (IGAL) from 2012 to 2015, and with Urbach Hacker Young International (UHY) from 2015 to date.
Recently, Mhike has been active in conducting trainings and seminars particularly on topics of his interests: digital taxation, crypto currency taxation, TRAIN Law, digital privacy compliance and impact assessment, international taxation, transfer pricing, one person corporation (OPC), partnerships, among others.
Lastly, he received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in 2006. He just completed his Masters of Science in Taxation at the Golden Gate University, San Francisco, USA last April 27, 2019.
Mhike's slogan for his firm - Timely Business Advice - reflects his professional attitude towards his clients and defines his personalized work ethic.