LaPorte Announces Plans to Merge with Beyer Stagni

Metairie, La.-based La Porte CPAs & Business Advisors (FY14 net revenue of $21.7 million), and IPA 200 firm, has announced its intention to merge with Beyer, Stagni & Company (Beyer Stagni) of Houma, La., on Dec. 1.

The combined firm will operate as LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors, and Beyer Stagni principals Roy M. Beyer, Arthur E. Stagni, Pam Fremen and Jodie Arceneaux will maintain key leadership roles as directors in LaPorte.

Beyer Stagni’s Houma office will become the fourth LaPorte location in Louisiana, joining existing offices in Metairie, Covington and Baton Rouge. LaPorte also has an office in Houston.

“This merger allows LaPorte to expand our geographic footprint along the Gulf Coast and to increase the reach of our services to clients with locations in Louisiana and Texas,” says William T. “Ted” Mason, president and CEO of LaPorte. “Beyer Stagni’s location in the heart of Louisiana’s oil and gas region and as Houma’s largest local firm increases our ability to serve existing clients in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary Parishes and to build on that client base.”

Beyer Stagni provides tax, audit and assurance, and business consulting services primarily to energy service companies, maritime, and automotive dealership clients. LaPorte serves clients in most major industries, and its principal industry groups include construction, energy, financial services, health care, hospitality and entertainment, law firm services, nonprofit, public sector, and real estate.

Beyer says, “We are pleased to join LaPorte in this strategic move, which will increase our breadth of client services and provide greater opportunities for our people to develop professionally. With LaPorte’s deep resources, we will be able to serve new and existing clients with expanded industry expertise and provide state-of-the-industry technical advice and consulting.”