New Jersey Firm to Unite with Hill Barth and King

Bartolomei Pucciarelli, a Lawrence, N.J., firm, is planning to merge with Boardman, Ohio-based Hill Barth and King (FY12 net revenue of $35.4 million), according to MP James Bartolomei in

“They are who we’d want to be if we had another 30 years to build it,” Bartolomei says. “This is the right time, the economics are right and we’re excited at the prospects here.” Bartolomei Pucciarelli will assume the HbK name, but the leadership structure and current staff of 20 employees will not change, Bartolomei says.

With the deal, HbK could expand into real estate development, foreign tax matters and business valuation, which are specialties of Bartolomei Pucciarelli. The merger also gives HbK access to clients in Princeton, New York and Philadelphia. Bartolomei Pucciarelli, meanwhile, would become better able to attract and retain clients needing services in wealth management, mergers and acquisitions and those specific to energy companies, which are HbK’s areas of expertise, reported.