Amper, Politziner & Mattia: Continued integration of 2008 merger with Goldenberg Rosenthal. Created a Clean Tech Group.
Anchin, Block & Anchin: Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009. Fastest growing specialty - industry specializations; fastest growing client category - large businesses.
Argy, Wiltse & Robinson: Increased staff and partner numbers. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009. Fastest growing specialty - family wealth services; fastest growing client category - government contractors.
Armanino McKenna: Instituted a new strategic planning process; created a four-year growth plan. In August 2009, created an outside advisory board. Launched an internal management advisory board. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Aronson & Co.: In May, moved to new headquarters. In December, elected a new managing officer to take office in June 2010.
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause: In June 2009, changed name from Virchow Krause. In November, announced merger with Top 100 Firm Beers & Cutler, Washington, D.C. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
BDO: Changed name from BDO Seidman. Launched first-ever national ad campaign. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Berdon: Repackaged services to highlight those most needed in the current economic environment; targeted media efforts and launched aggressive marketing in certain practice areas.
Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant: In January 2009, opened a Palm Beach County office. Created task forces to help clients with insolvency/bankruptcy and asset recovery, and a real estate advisory group.
Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker: New to the list. In July 2009, sold retirement plan third-party administration unit.
BKD: In June 2009, merged in KPA Group, Dallas. Formed a benefit plan consulting division. In December, re-elected CEO for a second three-year term. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Blackman Kallick: In January 2010, elected two new partners.
Blue & Co.: Launched Aliign, a small-business services subsidiary. In December 2009, merged in Potter & Co., Lexington and Louisville, Ky.
Blum, Shapiro & Co.: In January 2009, merged in Nishball, Carp, Niedermeier, Pacowta & Co., Shelton, Ct. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
The Bonadio Group: Launched major growth initiative, including new resources for sales staff, training and education, and an incentive program. Increased partner and staff numbers.
Burr, Pilger & Mayer Inc.: In January 2009, merged in Anderson & Co., Santa Rosa, Calif. In January 2010, enacted an ESOP program. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Carr, Riggs & Ingram: In December 2009, merged in Roth Murphy Sanford, New Orleans. In February 2010, announced merger with Davis Monk & Co., Gainesville, Fla.
Caturano & Co.: In March 2009, changed name from Vitale Caturano. In June, named a new chief operating officer. In October, named a chief risk officer.
cbiz/Mayer Hoffman McCann: Revenues are AT estimates. In July 2009, acquired employee benefits firm EAO Consultants, Manasquan, N.J. At year end, merged in accounting firm Goldstein Lewin & Co., Boca Raton, Fla.; it will record a restructuring charge of $1.4 million in connection with the integration.
CCR: In January 2010, acquired Geller, Ragans, James, Oppenheimer & Creel, Orlando, Fla.
Cherry, Bekaert & Holland: In February 2009, merged in McKean, Paul, Chrycy, Fletcher & Co., Miami. In December, formed alliance with The Keane Organization to offer unclaimed property services.
Citrin Cooperman & Co.: In November 2009, merged in Carrow, Doyle & Associates, Philadelphia. Opened an office in Connecticut. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.: Adopted a new three-year strategic plan. Fastest growing specialty service - state and local government; fastest growing client category - pension plan audits.
Clifton Gunderson: In June 2009, installed new CEO Krista McMasters, restructured executive team, and moved headquarters to Milwaukee.
Cohen & Co.: In February 2010, merged three affiliated offices in South Florida into Cohen Florida. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Crowe Horwath: In February 2009, merged in Hays & Co. In April, Horwath International changed its name to Crowe Horwath. In September, rolled out Chapter 11 and re-organization services.
Deloitte & Touche: In March 2009, announced deal to acquire North American government services practice of BearingPoint for $350 million. In October, broke ground on Deloitte University training center in Texas. In December, released second annual corporate responsibility report.
Dixon Hughes: In February 2009, merged in Rosenfeld Co., Orlando, Fla. In June, merged in Presser, Lahnen & Edelman, Jacksonville, Fla. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Doeren Mayhew: Fastest growing specialty - international tax; fastest growing client category - credit unions.
Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman: Increased partner and staff numbers.
Eide Bailly: Increased partner and staff numbers.
Eisner: Launched an outsourced administration practice for financial services industry. In November 2009, joined PKF International. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Elliott Davis: Sold affiliate technology service company. Elected a chief operating officer. In December 2009, relocated Charlotte, N.C., office.
Ernst & Young: In June 2009, agreed to pay $109 million over HealthSouth audits. In July, released second phase of IFRS curriculum and teaching materials, and training to help universities prepare for IFRS adoption; ordered to pay $10 million over Sovereign Bank audits. In December, settled with SEC for $8.5 million over Bailly audits.
Frank, Rimerman & Co.: Increased professional and staff numbers.
Frazer Frost: New to the list. Created by the year-end merger of Moore Stephens Wurth Frazer and Torbet, in California, and Frost, in Arkansas and North Carolina.
Frazier & Deeter: In May, opened a second office in Alpharetta, Ga.
Freed Maxick & Battaglia: Expanded health care specialty group. In February 2009, launched Recession Strategies Center. In January 2010, launched a digital Twitter billboard in Buffalo, N.Y.
Friedman: In January 2010, merged in Bagell, Josephs, Levine & Co., Marlton, N.J., adding a fourth office. Added a forensic, business valuation and litigation support group. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Goodman & Co.: In March 2009, acquired a forensics, valuation and litigation support practice; opened a Washington, D.C., office. Conducted a technology infrastructure review and implemented a three-year project to enhance its infrastructure.
Grant Thornton: Celebrated its 85th anniversary. In August 2009, rolled out bankruptcy and workout service. Launched a national aerospace and defense industry group, and a Health Care Reform Resource Center. In September, won a summary judgment over Parmalat audits. In January 2010, installed new CEO, Stephen Chipman; Ed Nusbaum became chair of Grant Thornton International.
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne: Opened an office in Sarasota, Fla.
Hein & Associates: Added government consulting, NetSuite implementation services, and alternative energy services;
expanded state and local tax practice throughout firm.
Hill, Barth & King: Celebrated its 60th anniversary. In January 2009, acquired Strikelether & Associates, Stuart, Fla. In October, merged in North & Co., Sarasota, Fla.
Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt: Added three new partners. Fastest growing specialty - international tax; fastest growing client category - real estate.
Holtz Rubenstein Reminick: Re-organized and expanded tax practice; formed three new service lines, in financial services, biotech and IFRS. Held a series of high-profile public "Town Hall" meetings on Madoff and other current issues.
Horne: Increased staff and partner numbers. In November 2009, opened an office in Baton Rouge, La.
J.H. Cohn: Celebrated its 90th anniversary. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Joseph Decosimo & Co.: Fastest growing specialty - business management services for wealthy clients; fastest growing client category - investment companies.
Katz, Sapper & Miller: In July 2009, joined Nexia International.
Kaufman, Rossin & Co.: In January 2010, merged in professionals from London Witte & Co., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Relocated Broward County office. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Kearney & Co.: Saw revenue growth of 37 percent. Increased staff and partner numbers. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Kemper CPA Group: Increased staff and partner numbers; added an office.
Kennedy and Coe: Began adopting a value-billing model.
KPMG: In January 2009, named John Veihmeyer CEO; Timothy Flynn remains chair, and also became chair of KPMG International. In March, sued by Connecticut town over audit of Madoff-related hedge fund. In April, published first report on its green initiatives. In December, partnered with Thomson Reuters, and separately with Archer Technologies, on governance, risk and compliance services; partnered with Guidance Software on forensic services.
LarsonAllen: In May 2009, merged in Frank Consulting, Medina, Minn. In June, merged in Cronstrom, Osuch & Co., Scottsdale, Ariz. In August, merged in Ganim, Meder, Childers & Hoering PC, Belleville, Ill. In January 2010, merged in Africk Chez PC, Chicago, and senior services firm Third Age Consulting, Philadelphia.
Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain: In February, launched a managed-security services unit.
LeMaster & Daniels: Saw revenue growth of over 12 percent.
Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Co.: Focused on new opportunities utilizing technology; launched a series of webinars.
Marcum: Changed name from Marcum & Kliegman. In May 2009, announced merger with Rachlin, a $40 million Top 100 Firm with four offices in Florida. In September, merged in Margolis & Co., Philadelphia.
Margolin, Winer & Evens: In March 2009, hosted its inaugural Long Island College Accounting Challenge.
Marks Paneth & Shron: In April 2009, merged in Montalto CPA, Tarrytown, N.Y., and Arthur B. Greene & Co., New York City.
Mauldin & Jenkins: In September 2009, installed a new managing partner. Developing a nonprofit niche.
Mohler, Nixon & Williams: In May 2009, installed a new CEO/managing partner.
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra: Increased partner and staff numbers. Expanded litigation support practice and international tax practice.
Moss Adams: In January 2010, merged in wealth management firm Rowling, Dold & Associates, San Diego.
Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein: New to the list. Expanded forensic audit practice.
Novogradac & Co.: Saw growth of over 8 percent.
O'Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins: Saw growth of over 13 percent. Increased marketing, public relations and advertising efforts.
Padgett Business Services: Launched expansion plan to open new offices, adding 21. Expanded payroll offerings, and marketing efforts.
ParenteBeard: Created by October 2009 merger of Top 100 Firms Parente Randolph and Beard Miller Co. Prior to merger, in February, Parente merged in Lazar, Levine & Felix, New York City.
Plante & Moran: In June 2009, announced merger with Jackson, Rolfes, Spurgeon & Co., Cleveland. In July, installed new MP. In August, released Liquidity Stress Test for manufacturers.
Postlethwaithe & Netterville: Saw revenue growth of almost 10 percent.
PricewaterhouseCoopers: In March 2009, agreed to purchase commercial services arm of BearingPoint for $44 million; completed deal in June. In June, named new chairman and senior partner, Robert Moritz.
Raffa: New to the list. Celebrated its 25th anniversary. In March 2009, merged in Freidkin, Matrone & Horn PA, Washington, D.C.
Rehmann: In February 2009, changed name from Rehmann Group; joined Nexia International. In January 2010, merged in Dawson Wealth Management, Cleveland. Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Reznick Group: In August, Birmingham, Ala., office - acquired as Tidwell DeWitt two years earlier - spun out to form Tidwell Group.
RGL Forensics: Increased partner and staff numbers. Launched a firmwide customer relationship management system.
Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Co.: In January 2009, merged in Miller Ellin & Co., New York City.
Rothstein, Kass & Co.: Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009. Fastest growing specialty - attest; fastest growing client category - investment companies and mutual funds.
RSM McGladrey / McGladrey & Pul-len: In February 2009, M&P was sued over audits of a Madoff feeder fund. In June 2009, installed a new president. In July, M&P announced its intention to sever relations with RSM and H&R Block; in December, M&P partners voted to accept a revised services agreement. Opened a new office in Atlanta. Launched a new national advertising campaign.
RubinBrown: Fastest growing specialty - corporate finance and forensics; fastest growing client category - real estate.
SC&H Group: Increased partner and staff numbers. Fastest growing specialty - attest; fastest growing client category - nonprofits.
Schenck Business Solutions: In February 2009, formed Financial Crisis Response Team. Created new COO position, and an M&A Solutions team.
Schneider Downs: In August 2009, launched SD ezForm to help nonprofits with completing Form 990s.
Seiler: Maintained partner and staff numbers.
Sikich: In August 2009, merged in M&A advisory firm Levi Littell Herbst & Co., Chicago and New York City. In November, merged in accounting firm Sleeper Disbrow Morrison Tarro & Lively, Decatur, Ill. In December, merged in accounting firm Frederick M. Marcus & Co., Rockford, Ill.; and design firm Icon Digital Design & Illustration, Naperville, Ill. In January, merged in two IT consultancies, Hal Weinberger Consulting and MAS Consulting, both of Chicago, and CPA firm Stelmacki, Cochran & Sauerburger, St. Louis.
SingerLewak: Launched new service lines in royalty audits and state and local taxes.
Squar, Milner, Peterson, Miranda and Williamson: Decreased total staff numbers by 20 percent.
SS&G Financial Services Inc.: In January 2009, formed an outplacement services joint venture with Torch Group Inc.
SVA CPAs: Changed name from Suby, Von Haden & Associates.
UHY Advisors: In July 2009, UHY Advisors acquired Step3 Consulting, Atlanta.
Vavrinek Trine Day & Co.: All figures are AT estimates.
Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino: All figures are AT estimates. Increased staff and partner numbers.
Watkins Meegan: In January 2009, launched Forensic Accounting and Dispute Services Group. In October, changed name from Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Co. In December, merged in a partner and some staff from Sturn Wagner Lombardo, Annapolis, Md.; created chief operating officer position. Expanded federal government practice.
Weaver: In June 2009, installed new CEO, Tommy Lawler; Mack Lawhon remains as chairman. Opened an office in Austin. In September, launched transaction advisory services practice. In November, changed named from Weaver & Tidwell. In January 2010, merged in Edelman Arnold, San Antonio.
Weiser: In December 2009, merged in Fishbein & Co., Horsham, Pa. In January 2010, reported in talks to merge with international firm Mazars.
Whitley Penn: Named an Accounting Today Best Firm to Work For in 2009.
Wipfli: Increased partner and staff numbers. In January 2009, created Troubled Economy - Surviving and Thriving, or TEST, Task Force for clients. In February 2010, joined PKF North America.
WithumSmith+Brown: Increased partner and staff numbers. In January 2010, installed new managing partner.
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