Montana-based Regional Leader Joseph Eve has joined Top 100 Firm Wipfli in a merger. This marks the fourth merger for Wipfli this year, and the second purchase the Wisconsin-based firm has made in Montana in recent years. Wipfli acquired Helena, Mont.-based firm Galusha, Higgins & Galusha in 2015.

The value of the deal was not disclosed. Wipfli was ranked No. 22 on Accounting Today's Top 100 Firms list this year, with $227 million in 2016 revenue, and Joseph Eve was ranked among the top firms in the Mountain Region, with $10.45 million in 2016 revenue.

Headquartered in Great Falls, Joseph Eve provides accounting, tax and consulting services to businesses and individuals, with a strong focus on serving tribal governments and the gaming industry.

Joseph Eve’s professional staff, including all four partners, have joined Wipfli as part of this merger. The firm has three full-service offices in Montana, and one in Utah, and employs 64 CPAs, certified fraud examiners, IT experts, and other specialized staff that serve clients in 30 states.

The combined firm will employ approximately 1,900 associates, and have 47 office locations across the United States.

"Through this merger we will continue to strengthen Wipfli’s physical presence in the Northwestern United States, which is a key market for the firm," said Wipfli managing partner Rick Dreher in a statement. "The combination also presents Wipfli with opportunities to provide an even greater breadth and depth of services and resources to our tribal government and gaming clients.”

Wipfli's offices in Wausau, Wisconsin
Wipfli's offices in Wausau, Wisconsin Courtesy: Wipfli LLP

“This combination will result in a stronger practice, allowing us to offer our clients a greater array of requested services, along with the ability to draw upon Wipfli’s vast resources as needed,” stated Joseph Eve, managing partner of Joseph Eve. “Joining with Wipfli not only expands our footprint, but it allows us to provide even more robust technical specialization for our gaming enterprise clients, which in turn allows us to meet the ever-changing challenges facing the gaming industry.”