Witt Mares PLC and PBGH LLP have agreed to merge. The deal is expected to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. 

No word yet on what the newly combined entity will be named, but the firm will have close to 200 employees working in its eight offices throughout the state of Virginia. Offices are located in Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Warrenton and Williamsburg.

Alan Witt, Witt Mares’ CEO, will continue his role as chief executive and will work out of the firm’s Newport News office. Keith Wampler, PBGH’s managing partner, will step in as chairman of the board and will work in the firm’s Fredericksburg office. 

“Together we realized we can bring a new energy and heightened strategic approach to those we serve, by capitalizing on synergies and combined depth of expertise,” Witt said in a statement. 

“To expand our footprint across the state with this strategic merger will provide both firms with momentum to expand further throughout the mid-Atlantic,” added Wampler.