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Raich Ende Malter Merges In U.S. Practice of Frank Hirth

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. (FY18 net revenue of $51.4 million) and U.K.-based accounting firm Frank Hirth PLC announced that Frank Hirth’s U.S. practice is joining Raich Ende Malter & Co. (REM) on Feb. 17.

“We are always looking to join together with accounting firms that complement or expand our current service offerings and the industries we serve,” says Ellis Ende, MP of REM. “Frank Hirth is a very special organization.”

Cornelius Kilbane Jr., MP of REM’s New York office, says, “It is an honor to welcome the members of Frank Hirth to our firm. With their exemplary tax practice and deep technical knowledge of U.S. and international tax compliance, their practice will complement and expand our own.”

Eric Collins, former director of the U.S. practice, Frank Hirth LLC, says the firm will continue its U.K. and Wellington, New Zealand, operations without any change. “The choice to seek an affiliation for our U.S. practice was made to allow us to provide our clients a wider array of services and add depth within our professional staff. Our transition to Raich Ende Malter provides these resources, as well as specialized professionals in a variety of industries. At the same time, the move offers greater opportunities to our employees.”

With the addition of the Frank Hirth portfolio, revenues will approach $60 million, REM says. The Frank Hirth team will move to REM’s midtown Manhattan location, bringing total workforce to 45 partners and principals and 240 employees.

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Raich Ende Malter & Co. Hires Quality Control Partner

Bonnie Mann Falk

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. (FY18 net revenue of $51.4 million) announces that Bonnie Mann Falk has been hired to lead quality control, and she has been admitted as a partner.

Mann Falk brings nearly 30 years of experience, most recently serving as a director in the Mazars USA quality and risk management team, overseeing and performing engagement quality control reviews, providing technical guidance, developing and delivering training, and performing internal inspections.

MP Ellis Ende says, “With her wealth of knowledge and deep experience, Ms. Mann Falk is uniquely suited to hold this key position in the firm.”

Mann Falk says, “I look forward to elevating thought leadership, promoting the quality of REM, facilitating solutions, and building people capacity to face the challenges in our industry.”

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Raich Ende Malter Expands to Florida

New York-based Raich Ende Malter (FY18 net revenue of $51.4 million) announces that a partner in its tax advisory/wealth preservation practices is relocating to Florida.

“Now more than ever, Florida is a thriving market for high-net-worth individuals,” says MP Ellis Ende. “The East Coast especially is experiencing an influx of wealthy investors as New Yorkers move south to avoid the onerous SALT deduction limitation. REM is expanding to meet the demand for quality accounting and financial services.”

David Roer will be leading REM’s expansion into the state. He specializes in high-net-worth individuals, closely held businesses, and state and international taxation issues. “I feel this is a logical step for REM,” Roer says. “We’ve dipped our toes into the area before, but this is a genuine commitment.”

Raich Ende Malter & Co. Launches ThinkLab for Blockchain Accounting

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP (FY16 net revenue of $47.1 million) announced the launch of REM ThinkLab, an effort to provide thought leadership on blockchain accounting. As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum gain ground in global commerce, an understanding of blockchain, the digital ledger technology used to record cryptocurrency transactions, is essential for the accounting profession. To aid clients and colleagues in parsing this new tech, REM ThinkLab will publish periodic whitepapers, as well as thought pieces on The REM CycleRaich Ende Malter’s tax blog.

REM ThinkLab is helmed by Arthur DaPonte and Tyler Russell, who have co-authored a blockchain whitepaper, an illustrated blog post, and a comprehensive glossary of blockchain technology terms for newcomers. They are currently developing a CPE course on the topic.

DaPonte and Russell are confident that blockchain is ultimately a source of new business for accountants. “As industries harness the power of blockchain to become more efficient and effective in their operations, CPAs and auditors will play an integral role in providing the public with the assurance that these processes will require,” says DaPonte.

“At this point, everyone has heard of blockchain and how it will revolutionize the accounting industry, but with REM ThinkLab, we are actively examining the blockchain process and its applications. As always, Raich Ende Malter is looking to the future and embracing new technology,” says Cornelius Kilbane Jr., PIC REM’s New York City office.

Raich Ende Malter Welcomes New Tax Principals

Johnpaul Crocenzi

Johnpaul Crocenzi

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. (FY16 net revenue of $47.1 million) expanded its tax advisory and wealth preservation practices with the addition of two new tax principals.

Johnpaul Crocenzi, principal specializing in high net worth individuals and their businesses, has nearly 20 years of experience in tax-saving strategies and planning. Crocenzi advises clients on complex tax matters, estate planning, business succession planning and transaction structuring.

Melissa Abbott

Melissa Abbott

Melissa Abbott, principal, specializes in tax compliance and planning for trusts, estates and private foundations. She performs detailed research and analysis of complex tax issues for her high net worth clients, concentrating on fiduciary income and estate tax.

Raich Ende Malter Welcomes Misuraca as PIC of Forensic and Dispute Advisory

Yasmine Misuraca

Yasmine Misuraca

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. (FY16 net revenue of $47.1 million) welcomed Yasmine Misuraca as the PIC of its forensic and dispute advisory practice. Misuraca has more than 20 years of public and industry accounting experience and specializes in forensic accounting. Her experience includes testifying on a large, high-profile case for the SEC, as well as working as a consultant for major law firms and publicly-held companies. She will be located in the New York office.

“Ms. Misuraca will focus on the growth of our firm’s forensic accounting practice,” says Ellis Ende, MP. “Calculating and analyzing economic damages, conducting fraud investigations and forensic examinations, and analyzing financial issues as part of case strategy are what many attorneys, government agencies, and private clientele need from accountants.”

“Due to an increase in cases involving asset misappropriation, financial statement misrepresentation, and securities and regulatory compliance violations, our focus at REM will be to provide clients with the analysis and support needed to achieve positive dispute resolutions, as well as advising clients on how to take preemptive steps to protect their assets,” says Misuraca.

Raich Ende Malter & Co. and Stein deVisser & Mintz Announce Merger

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. (REM) (FY15 net revenue of $43.7 million) and Stein deVisser & Mintz, also of New York, have announced today the merger of the two firms, effective Nov. 1.

The name of the combined firm will be Raich Ende Malter & Co. “We are always looking to merge with accounting firms that are not only located in the New York metropolitan area, but also, and more importantly, complement or expand our current service offerings or the industries we serve,” says Ellis Ende, MP of REM.

Cornelius Kilbane Jr., MP of REM’s New York office and the one who orchestrated the merger, says, “With its exemplary tax and consulting practice focused primarily on the needs of those high-net-worth individuals who fuel and drive our local New York economy, Stein deVisser & Mintz are our idea of a perfect fit.”

Keith deVisser, MP of Stein deVisser & Mintz, concurs. “Our merger with REM, a firm consistently ranked amongst the top regional accounting firms in the New York metropolitan area, will offer our clients with a larger menu of services and resources. The merger provides our clients with access to more specialized professionals who have a strong national and international reach. At the same time, it offers more opportunities to our employees.”

On a combined basis, revenues will exceed $60 million, and the firm will have approximately 50 partners and 200 employees.

Raich Ende & Malter Names Four New Partners

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP (FY13 net revenue of $40.8 million) named Jodi BloomPiccione, Gigi Boudreaux, Jeff Holt and Brian Thaw to the position of partner.

Bloom-Piccione joined the firm in 1996 and has over 20 years of public accounting experience, specializing in providing tax and consulting services to clients in the real estate industry and high-net-worth individuals.

Boudreaux joined Raich Ende Malter in 1996, after working for one of the Big 4 and other national accounting firms. She has over 20 years of experience and specializes in providing tax and business consulting services to small businesses operating in industries such as real estate, franchising, construction, and distribution and wholesale.

Holt joined the firm in 2013. He was previously with another Top 100 accounting firm in Los Angeles. He has over 15 years of experience and provides attest and advisory services to not-for-profit organizations who serve social service providers, educational institutions, museums and performing arts organizations, public and private foundations, associations, public television, religious institutions, and supportive housing, including OMB A-133 compliance audits and retirement plan audits.

Thaw joined Raich Ende Malter in 2000. He has over 15 years of experience in providing clients with strategic advice on entity structuring, tax planning, and merger and acquisition assistance. He also has significant experience in the representation of individuals and businesses before the IRS and state taxing authorities.

Wiss & Company Announces Promotions

Livingston, N.J.-based Wiss & Company (FY18 net revenue of $39.2 million) announces that Brian Glavotsky has joined the Wiss private client advisory practice as a partner in the tax services group, where he will serve as an international tax expert with a focus on high-net-worth individuals.

The firm also announces the admission of Amos Gibello to partner specializing in accounting and consulting for engineering firms, Carolyn Hall to PIC of the outsourced accounting practice and Arfa Scott to partner, specializing in trusts and estates.

“Our advisory services have grown significantly over the past few years, particularly as it relates to our private client advisory group. Brian will help navigate our high-net-worth clients through the opportunities and intricacies of state, federal and international tax law,” says MP Paul Peterson. “We are really proud to recognize Amos, Carolyn and Arfa with promotions to partner. They have each established themselves as true experts and leaders in their respective areas of practice.”

Glavotsky joins Wiss & Company from Raich Ende Malter & Co., where, for nearly a decade, he has advised high-net-worth individuals on their tax strategies.

Gibello joined Wiss in 2002 and works with companies that range in size from single contracts to those with MBE, DBE or WBE certificates as well as multi-state engineering firms and organizations with multiple divisions and complex structures.

Hall pioneered the outsourced accounting in-the-cloud division at Wiss and works with clients in various commercial industries, real estate companies and professional service firms.

Scott has been in the trusts and estate field for over 15 years and focuses primarily on estate and gift planning, succession planning and related compliance matters.

Congratulations to the 2018 IPA 100 Fastest-Growing Firms

IPA identifies the 10 fastest-growing IPA 100 firms based on reported organic growth in net revenue, without the influence of mergers. While growth with mergers represents the true growth, isolating organic growth provides insight into the strength of the growth engine of the firms.

This year’s IPA 100 Fastest-Growing Firms experienced an impressive average organic increase in net revenue of 18.3%.

The 2018 IPA 100 Fastest-Growing Firms

The Siegfried Group LLP / Wilmington, Del. / 30.5%
Schellman & Company LLC / Tampa, Fla. / 28.1%
Kearney & Company / Alexandria, Va. / 25.0%
Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP / New York / 20.4%
Cohen & Company / Cleveland / 16.1%
Frazier & Deeter LLC / Atlanta / 13.0%
Berkowitz Pollack Brant / Miami / 12.7%
SC&H Group / Sparks, Md. / 12.5%
SingerLewak / Los Angeles / 12.3%
Andersen Tax / San Francisco / 12.2%

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