Firms In The News: March 4th

Perkins & Co Opens Business Office in Vancouver

Portland, Ore.-based Perkins & Co. (FY13 net revenue $18.3 million) has opened a downtown Vancouver, Wash., office. The office will support Perkins’ growing client base in Clark County.

“We spend a considerable amount of time in the communities of Southwest Washington and creating a local presence allows us to deepen our existing commitments while also forging new relationships,” says Managing Shareholder Lisa Goecke.

The Vancouver business office will be primarily serviced by Perkins’ Clark County residents, including partners Goecke, Kimberly Woodside and Dan Monaghan, and senior managers. Perkins will support a variety of clients in a multitude of industries out of this office, including clients in real estate and construction, dealer services, manufacturing and distribution, professional services, and beer, wine and spirits.


Sikich Grows Security Practice with 403 Labs Merger

Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich (FY12 net revenue $76.4 million) announced a merger with 403 Labs, of Brookfield, Wis., a full-service information security consultancy.

“Merging with 403 Labs is a strategic, key union for Sikich as it allows us to significantly expand our information security practice and grow our presence not only in the Milwaukee area, but around the world as well,” said Jeff Rudolph, PIC of Sikich’s technology practice. “403 Labs has an unmatched team of experts who will complement and magnify the services Sikich already offers in the security area.”

Through this merger, Sikich will be able to develop its information security practice with additional resources and professionals, whose specialties range from compliance audits and computer security assessments to penetration tests and computer forensic investigations. Additionally, Sikich will acquire the 403 Labs’ San Francisco office, adding to the firm’s western U.S. presence. A previous merger led to the firm’s first western office in Denver.


PwC US Completes Acquisition of Minnesota Privacy Consultants

New York-based PwC US (FY12 gross revenue of $10.2 billion) has acquired Minnesota Privacy Consultants (MPC), of Maple Grove, Minn.  MPC helps multinational corporations, government agencies, universities and nonprofits find their sensitive data, classify it, control it and systematically retire it. Founded in 2006, MPC specializes in privacy compliance, including health care and cloud computing.

MPC’s founder and president, Jay Cline, his staff, and the tools and methodologies of the company’s privacy network will become part of PwC’s risk assurance practice.

“At a time when well-publicized cyber security threats and data privacy breaches have underscored the critical nature of these issues to both businesses and consumers, the addition of MPC will further strengthen and expand PwC’s data protection and privacy resources,” says Dean Simone, leader of PwC’s U.S. risk assurance practice.