Sikich LLP has entered into a merger agreement with an Indianapolis-based accounting, tax and management consulting firm with the unusually punctuated name of Ent : Imler CPA, PC.

The merger took effect November 1. Ent : Imler, which was originally known as Ent & Imler, will now operate under Sikich’s name.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome our Ent : Imler colleagues as we join forces to help our clients achieve their business and financial goals,” said Sikich LLP CEO and managing partner Jim Sikich in a statement. “By combining two highly complementary organizations and leveraging our business expertise, we are able to access new growth opportunities with our current and future customers.”

The partners in Ent : Imler—Steven R. Imler, David A. McDaniel, Joseph E. Gordon, and Steven K. Stucky—are joining Sikich as partners as part of the deal. The 30 employees from the firm will be joined by 11 people from Sikich’s Indianapolis technology office and operate as Sikich’s Indianapolis office.

“We are committed to providing our clients with the local representation they’ve grown accustomed to, and now, an extended range of comprehensive services,” said Imler. “Same people, same service, same rate, more resources.”

Financial details of the merger were not disclosed. Sikich ranked 51st on Accounting Today’s 2011 list of the Top 100 Firms, with $55.5 million in annual revenue.

The Ent : Imler partners are in the process of contacting their clients to inform them of the change and answer questions they may have about the transition or about Sikich.

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