Armanino LLP is in the process of adding Berger Lewis Accountancy Corporation to its firm. The merger, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close by Jan. 1, 2015.

Armanino’s growth strategy has been focused on service line expansion, technology solutions, specialized expertise and key acquisitions.The new addition will bolster Armanino’s nonprofit and middle market tax practice footprint throughout Silicon Valley.

The combination will also give the firm a new presence in the Santa Cruz-Monterey Bay community, bringing a set of solutions to help companies there adapt and change at every stage of their business both in the U.S. and internationally.

All of Berger Lewis’ partners, professionals, and administrative staff will join Armanino.

“The core of our success has been rooted in our focus on growth and investment in great people,” Armanino’s managing partner Andy Armanino said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome an experienced team of talented professionals to Armanino and look forward to the new opportunities this sizeable staff will bring to our firm.”

“Joining a national industry leader like Armanino creates an opportunity to better serve our clients,” Berger Lewis’ managing partner Randy Peterson explained. “Their expertise in technology solutions, M&A, IPO readiness and wealth management made the move a great fit for us. We look forward to collaborating and creating the best business solutions available to our clients.”