Cincinnati Firm Merges with Kentucky Firm to Expand Presence in Bluegrass State

Barnes Dennig of Cincinnati (FY12 net revenue of $12.9 million) is merging with Bertke, Sparks and Kremer of Crestview Hills, Ky., in a Jan. 1 deal that will expand Barnes Dennig’s presence in northern Kentucky.

The firm will add three partners – Andy Bertke, George Sparks and Harold Kremer – as shareholders. Ten percent of Barnes Dennig’s clients are in northern Kentucky, while Bertke, Sparks & Kremer gets about 70% of its business from the Bluegrass State, Sparks told the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Barnes Dennig MP Steve Hube said Barnes Dennig is strong in international, tax and specialty tax consulting, while Bertke, Sparks & Kremer specializes in local governments. Both firms will expand their valuation and certified fraud examiner capabilities. Barnes Dennig will keep Bertke, Sparks & Kremer’s northern Kentucky office and employees, and use its name for both locations.