Armanino and RBZ Join Forces In California

San Ramon, Calif.-based Armanino LLP (FY14 net revenue of $129.5 million) announced today an agreement with Los Angeles-based RBZ LLP (FY13 net revenue of $27.9 million) to join together effective August 1. This merger follows on the heels of a January 1 merger of San Jose, Calif.-based Berger Lewis Accountancy Corporation, which strengthened ArBest of Best 2013manino’s presence across Silicon Valley.

The deal combines two leading, award-winning firms and expands Armanino’s presence into the Greater Los Angeles area, making it the first regional firm of its size to have locations in the key metropolitan areas throughout California. Both Armanino and RBZ have been named to IPA’s Best of the Best list for the last several years.

“Culturally, we are incredibly aligned,” says Andy Armanino, MP. “Our consulting solutions fit incredibly well with RBZ’s clients, we are adding resources to some of our current niches, and they bring a strong bench to industry niches we currently don’t have.” The combination expands RBZ’s practices areas in business management and family office, law firms and franchises. The agreement also introduces Armanino’s high-tech and deep consulting capabilities to the Southern California marketplace. Together the companies combine for deeper practice areas in the real estate, middle market and nonprofit industries as well as stronger international practice.

As a firm, Armanino has always focused on change. “We are constantly asking ourselves how we can be better, offer better client service, offer more opportunities for our people,” says Armanino. “The RBZ group wants that too – being better, stronger, faster.”

RBZ CEO John Schweisberger (who was profiled in INSIDE Public Accounting in 2013 as one of the few firm CEOs to be hired from outside the accounting profession) will service as the chief integration officer for the merger.

The combined firm will be named Armanino, and will keep its RBZ Los Angeles office location with partners and staff continuing to serve its clients. Armanino is a member of Moore Stephens North America.