M&A roundup: Weiss merges in Fischman; K·Coe Isom acquires Praedium

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Weiss merges in Fischman

Details: Weiss & Company LLP, a firm based in Glenview, Ill., has merged in Fischman & Associates, a CPA firm located in Arlington Heights, effective Nov. 1, 2017.

Led by Richard Fischman, the firm has offered accounting, consulting and tax services for over 25 years. Weiss plans to maintain the Arlington Heights office as a second location to service clients.

“We are excited to welcome Richard and his staff to the Weiss family and know that their dedication to exceptional service will help us to further serve our client base,” said Weiss managing partner Dan Fortman in a statement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As a result of the merger, however, Weiss’s revenues are just under $8 million.

The deal is the second merger for Weiss & Company in the past 12 months. Last December, Weiss added a pair of CPAs, Karen Leavitt and Sandra Siegal, and their staff. A 2017 Best Place to Work in Illinois award recipient, Weiss now has 60 employees, including nine partners and 47 staff members in Glenview. Fischman & Associates has one partner and three staff members.


K·Coe Isom acquires Praedium

Details: K·Coe Isom, a Top 100 Firm based in Loveland, Colo., has acquired Praedium Ventures LLC, a Des Moines, Iowa-based training, planning and consulting firm that specializes in improving agricultural farming operations.

Praedium, founded in 2008, offers tools for improved sustainability, and a team of consultants with expertise in animal welfare, OSHA compliance, sustainable feed and food programs, and dairy systems.

“The acquisition of Praedium will add valuable expertise and tools to K·Coe Isom’s agriculture services team and expand the capabilities of our sustainability practice,” said K·Coe Isom CEO Jeff Wald in a statement. “Praedium has demonstrated impressive success and will be a welcome addition to our team as we continue to bolster our agricultural education and consultancy offerings for clients.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. K·Coe Isom ranked 66th on Accounting Today’s 2017 list of the Top 100 Firms, with $61.15 million in annual revenue.

In July, K·Coe Isom expanded into Missouri by acquiring Baer & Co., and last November it acquired Schmidt, Bettencourt & Medeiros, a firm in Turlock, Calif., its sixth location in California.

The Praedium acquisition is expected to strengthen K·Coe Isom’s national agriculture and sustainability services practice, which offers accounting, tax planning and advisory services to food and ag operations, as well as businesses in other industries.

“Joining K·Coe Isom will allow us to complement the team’s reputable ag knowledge and the firm’s many practice areas to offer clients access to insights, resources, and services on a national level,” said Praedium CEO Earl Dotson in a statement. “We are excited to join a growing professional services firm with such a firm foundation in the food and agriculture industry, and contribute to K·Coe Isom’s robust sustainability practice.”

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