MOORE STEPHENS FROST BUYS NORTH CAROLINA FIRMLITTLE ROCK, ARK. - Arkansas accounting giant Moore Stephens Frost has acquired a North Carolina firm, Lynch and Howard.

The acquiring firm is the one of the largest based in Arkansas and operates offices in both Little Rock and Rogers, but its client list stretches across more than 40 states.

The Lynch and Howard acquisition will allow Moore Stephens Frost to expand its business in the Carolinas, where its second-largest pool of clients originates. Raleigh-based Lynch and Howard has 28 employees. The firm will keep its name, but will expand to offer the same range of services as Moore Stephens Frost.

Lynch and Howard offers accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services in areas such as real estate, finance, logistics, health care, strategic planning, government operations, and management.

LAPORTE TO MERGE WITH GAUTREAU

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana accounting firms LaPorte Sehrt Romig Hand CPAs and the Gautreau Group plan to merge on October 1.

The merged firms will operate under the LaPorte Sehrt Romig Hand name and will maintain LSRH's current offices in Metairie and Covington, while adding Gautreau's office in Baton Rouge. The combined firm will have a 110-person staff and revenue of more than $15 million.

LSRH has been serving the Baton Rouge area since 2003, focusing on health care, nonprofit and government clients, but the merger promises to expand the firm's presence in the city. Gautreau specializes in tax and consulting services for real estate entrepreneurs. The combined firm expects to be able to better support recovery efforts in New Orleans and business expansion in the area.

Gregory Romig, who has served as partner-in-charge of LSRH's Baton Rouge business, will manage the Baton Rouge office in conjunction with fellow partners John Gautreau and Crissie Head. LSRH is an independently owned member of the RSM McGladrey Network.

IIA ELECTS OFFICERS

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLA. - The Institute of Internal Auditors has appointed Gerald D. Cox as chairman of the board and elected a slate of other board members.

Cox heads the internal audit partnership at South West Audit Partnership in Yeovil, U.K. Joining him on the board is Patricia K. Miller, a partner at Deloitte & Touche in Pleasant Hill, Calif., who was elected senior vice chairwoman.

Winning re-election as vice chairman of professional development was Warren E. Malmquist, vice president of internal audit and ethics at Coors Brewing in Golden, Colo. Guenther Meggeneder, a chief audit executive at Agrarmarkt in Vienna, Austria, also won re-election, as vice chairman of professional practices.

Rob Newsome, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sunninghill, South Africa, has been named vice chairman of professional services. Roderick M. Winters, a general auditor at Microsoft, was re-elected vice chairman of research. Anne M. Mercer, vice president of internal audit at Universal American Financial in Lake Mary, Fla., was elected treasurer, and Naohiro Mouri, managing director of JP Morgan in Tokyo, won election as secretary of the board.

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