Just four months after its acquisition of a 10-person business valuation practice, Chicago-area CPA and financial services firm Mueller & Co. said that it's already seeing new business grow out of the deal.Mueller had long had a relationship with Michael Beilman of Aurora, Ill.-based Nickels, Beilman & Co., usually referring divorce court and corporate work to the smaller firm that the 90-person Mueller was conflicted out of. The firms already felt comfortable working with one another, and Mueller partner David Nissen said that similar retirement formulas made for an easy merger.

Beilman joined Mueller as a partner on Jan. 1, bringing with him the credential and the attorney connections that the firm had in mind. Nissen said that with a larger firm and resources to draw on, Beilman has already secured a significant amount of new business from companies with between $800,000 and $500 million in enterprise value.

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