The tax, accounting and business consulting firm Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP has agreed to merge in JRZ LLC, building HA&W's services to real estate businesses in Atlanta.

The new addition will strengthen HA&W’s real estate practice. “With the inking of this deal, there are immediate synergies, as this combination bolsters our already market-leading real estate group,” HA&W’s chief executive officer and managing partner Richard Kopelman said in a statement Tuesday.

Jim Ziegelbauer, head of JRZ, specializes in providing tax and consulting services to closely held commercial real estate owners, operators and investors in Atlanta. “The deal made a lot of sense for everyone involved,” Ziegelbauer stated. “Our firms already share several contact points with clients and our common focus on excellent client service gives us the ability to hit the ground running with our clients and prospects.”

Kopelman said he intends to grow the firm organically and has plans to pursue additional mergers. “In addition to organic growth, we will continue to assess strategic opportunities like this one to further benefit our current clients by deepening our expertise and relationships with successful business people in the market.”

HA&W, based in Atlanta, ranked 52nd on Accounting Today's 2013 list of the Top 100 Firms, with $60.29 million in anual revenue.

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