Citrin Cooperman Expands Automotive Practice with the Joining of Kera & Company

New York-based Citrin Cooperman (FY16 net revenue of $233 million) has acquired Kera & Company of Tarrytown, N.Y., which includes Ellen Kera and seven professional staff.

Kera will be admitted as a partner and co-leader of the firm’s automotive dealerships practice. She and her staff will be based out of the Westchester office in White Plains, N.Y.

“The firm’s auto dealership practice has grown significantly over the years, and Ellen and her team will be a tremendous asset to existing clients and to our efforts to continue to grow as an industry leader,” says Wilfredo Fernandez, partner and co-leader of the automotive dealerships practice.

Kera has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting. Her main focus is in the automotive industry including consulting on complex tax matters and helping clients implement best practices.

“Over the years, we have built long-term, trusted relationships with our clients. Joining a firm that shares our culture and values allows us to continue to provide the hands-on client service they have come to expect, with a broader suite of offerings and a deeper pool of resources,” says Kera.

Kera specializes in identifying under-performing areas within the dealership and assists the dealers in the execution of new processes and procedures to increase profit while ensuring their compliance-related state and federal tax requirements are being met.

“As the needs of our auto dealership clients change, we are prepared to be in a position to provide the resources and the industry expertise to meet those needs,” says Alan Badey, MP of the Westchester office.

The landscape of the automotive dealership has evolved due to significant M&A activity. The firm is looking to become a leading consultancy for the industry, and is focused on creating a strong infrastructure to support this growth.