LaPorte Merger with Beyer Stagni Finalized

Metairie, La.-based LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors (FY14 net revenue of $21.7 million) has announced the finalization of its merger with Beyer, Stagni & Company (Beyer Stagni), according to William T. “Ted” Mason, president and CEO of LaPorte. The merger became official Dec. 1.

The combined firm operates as LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors. Beyer Stagni’s Houma, La., office is now the fourth LaPorte office in Louisiana, in addition to Metairie, Covington and Baton Rouge. LaPorte also has an office in Houston. Beyer Stagni principals Roy M. Beyer, Arthur E. Stagni, Pam Fremen and Jodie Arceneaux hold key leadership roles as directors in LaPorte.

“This merger means LaPorte has expanded our geographic footprint along the Gulf Coast and increased the reach of our services to clients with locations in Louisiana and Texas,” says Mason. “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 Tri-Parish clients in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary Parishes and to build on that client base.”

Beyer says, “With LaPorte’s deep resources, we are now able to serve new and existing clients with expanded industry expertise and provide state-of-the-industry technical advice and consulting.” Beyer adds that “the merger with LaPorte, whose culture and commitment are similar to ours, enables us to enhance services to our clients as they face industry and regulatory changes.” Its client base included primarily energy service companies, maritime companies, and automotive dealerships.

For six consecutive years (2010-2015), the firm has been named one of INSIDE Public Accounting’s “Top 200 Accounting Firms,” currently ranked at 139. For the past nine years, LaPorte also has been named to the list of “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness.

LaPorte serves clients in most major industries, and its principal industry groups include construction, energy, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and entertainment, law firm services, nonprofit, public sector, and real estate.