Midwest accounting heavyweight Larson, Allen, Weishair & Co. LLP has acquired southwestern Florida firm Girardin, Briant & Baldwin LLC in a merger effective Aug. 1.

According to the Girardin, Briant & Baldwin Web site, the firm has a staff of 25 and was formed from the merger of two Florida accounting practices that had been in business for more than 20 years. The firm offered a full range of services to individuals, but placed an emphasis on providing services in the areas of trusts and estates, business taxation, construction and real estate development, and medical practices.

The firm said that Girardin, Briant & Baldwin clients will now have access to a broader range of specialized services to closely held businesses, and focused industry expertise in the areas of health care, construction and real estate, manufacturing and distribution, dealerships, financial institutions, and public service entities.

Ranked No. 19 on Accounting Today's 2005 list of Top 100 Firms, LarsonAllen was founded in 1953 and has 800 employees and $115 million in annual revenues, with a handful of offices located in the upper Midwest and other locations in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C.

"This acquisition is a significant step in our firm's overall strategy to develop industry specialization nationwide," said LarsonAllen chief executive Gordon Viere, in a statement.

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