Moss Adams LLP has combined with Warinner, Gesinger & Associates, expanding Moss Adams’ footprint to the Midwest and augmenting the firm’s telecommunications industry practice.

The merger, which takes effect on Sept. 1, will add an office in Overland Park, Kan., to Seattle-based Moss Adams, along with two partners, a director and approximately 20 new staff members and employees. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed.

Moss Adams ranked 11th on Accounting Today’s 2011 list of the Top 100 Firms, with $316 million in annual revenue. That figure won’t change substantially with the addition of WGA, according to a Moss Adams spokesperson.

WGA’s office in the Kansas City, Kan., area will be Moss Adams’ first in the Midwest. WGA also will bring a deep regulatory consulting focus to the firm, along with Revenue Management System software that will complement the telecom-focused services that Moss Adams has been providing. Moss Adams already offers telecom training courses, in addition to the usual complement of audit, tax, assurance, transaction and wealth management services.

As part of the deal, WGA principals Bill Warinner and Jarret Rea will join Moss Adams as partners, and Andrew Denzer will join the firm as a director, along with WGA’s 20 client service staff members and employees. Moss Adams has a staff of over 1,700, including more than 220 partners.

“We look forward to helping our clients further strengthen their financial operations,” Warinner said in a statement. “This is a challenging time for the telecom industry and we are excited to deepen our telecom practice. In addition, Moss Adams provides a full spectrum of telecom and value-added services that our clients will enjoy.”

For Moss Adams, the combination will strengthen the firm’s telecom offerings and team, while expanding the firm to a new region of the country. “A strong Moss Adams presence in the Midwest means our telecom clients have more resources at their fingertips,” said Rick Betts, who chairs Moss Adams’ telecom practice.

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