Wipfli Welcomes Galusha Higgins & Galusha

Milwaukee-based Wipfli LLP (FY14 net revenue of $178.1 million) announced that Helena, Mont.-based Galusha, Higgins & Galusha PC (GHG) will join the firm effective Dec. 31. GHG provides audit, tax and consulting services to businesses and individuals in the northwestern United States.

“GHG has a 95-year heritage and strong reputation for providing high-quality services to businesses in the Northwest. This combination will strengthen and expand Wipfli’s physical presence in that area of the country, bringing a more diverse set of services to the Washington market where the firm currently has an office, while also adding highly experienced professionals to the Wipfli team,” says Rick Dreher, MP of Wipfli LLP.

“This combination is also a great fit for both firms because our cultures and client service philosophies are closely aligned and we bring complementary services to the market. We look forward to working together to serve our clients around the country continuing to provide the exceptional service our clients have come to expect from our firms,” says Dreher.

Richard Shull, president and CEO of GHG, says, “In today’s marketplace, businesses are facing ever-changing challenges that often require subject-matter experts and services that go far beyond traditional audit and tax services. We are excited to be joining Wipfli – the combination will provide our firm with the industry and technical specialization we need to meet our growing client demands and to tackle future business growth opportunities. It will also provide our team members with greater opportunities for training and career opportunities.”

Allan Koltin, CEO of Koltin Consulting Group, who advised both Wipfli and GHG on their merger says, “Wipfli is quickly transforming from a mega regional firm to a national powerhouse and I believe you will see other geographic mergers into them in the near future. They have made significant investments in consulting and advisory services and it has been a big differentiator for them in the marketplace. Not surprisingly, they are attracting a lot of attention from other Top 200 firms that want to transform their practices from primarily compliance to compliance and advisory services focused. GHG has a dominant market share throughout Montana and Idaho Falls, Idaho and saw the merger as a way to provide additional services to their clients and expand their market share. Clearly, the Wipfli product and service line will help accelerate their growth and as well as advancement opportunities for their people. What amazed me with GHG was their great leadership and dynamic young talent who quickly saw the benefits of the combination.”

As part of this combination, 137 GHG professionals, including 22 partners, have joined Wipfli.