MGO Merges in New York Firm

Los Angeles-based MGO (FY21 net revenue of $98.1 million), an IPA 100 firm, has announced that it has merged in Nussbaum Berg Klein & Wolpow CPAs (NUSSBAUM), with offices in Melville, N.Y., and Manhattan. MGO will add the firm’s 73 team members, including all 11 partners.

Founded in 1990, NUSSBAUM serves middle market businesses and high-net-worth individuals on the East Coast, offering a full spectrum of accounting, auditing, tax and business advisory services for closely held entrepreneurial businesses and public companies.

“The East Coast’s concentration of wealth and emerging cannabis markets give us an opportunity to continue building value and establishing best practices through our private client services group, cannabis practice and other industry initiatives,” says Kevin O’Connell, CEO and MP of MGO.

Steve Wolpow, who joins MGO as the OMP in Melville, says, “This is a unique opportunity to enhance the services and client experience NUSSBAUM is known for by leveraging MGO’s size and international footprint. This is a momentous step for both our clients and our professionals, and we are excited about the future as part of MGO.” Former NUSSBAUM partners and team members will continue to operate from the Melville office.

Joe Tarasco, CEO of Accountants Advisory Group, who advised both firms on the transaction said, “This deal makes MGO a major player in Long Island, New York, with its second combination in the area. MGO is one of the fastest-growing CPA and advisory firms in the U.S., and the firm continues to expand on the East Coast to offer its deep industry expertise that has made MGO so successful.”

Weiser Expands Footprint In Pa. With Acquisition of Fishbein & Co.

New York City-based Weiser LLP (FY09 net revenue of $128 million) acquired Fishbein & Co., a 60-person firm in Horsham, Pa., on Jan. 1.

Weiser partner, Kathryn Byrne will relocate to Horsham, to serve as PIC of the newly acquired firm.

“We have been looking in the Philadelphia market for quite some time with our office in Edison, [N.J.] being so close it just made sense,” said Byrne.

Brady Ware Acquires Altanta Firm

Dayton, Ohio-based Brady Ware (FY08 net revenue of $15 million) has acquired Marsh & McConnell of Atlanta, in January, expanding BW’s presence in the South.

Gary Adamson, MP of Brady Ware, says merger talks began more than a year ago. BW sought the acquisition because it wanted to tap into Atlanta’s high-growth economy and because technology makes it possible for the firms to work together despite the distance between them.

Brady Ware has offices in Dayton and Columbus as well as Richmond, Ind.

Two IPA Top 100 Firms Annouce Mega-Merger – May 21


New York-based Marcum & Kliegman (FY08 net revenue of $182.5 million) and Miami-based Rachlin LLP (FY08 estimated net revenue of  $40 million) announced today that they will merge effective June 1. With the merger, the firm will be called Marcum LLP in the Northeast and MarcumRachlin, a division of Marcum LLP, in the South.  


This move to a new region accelerates Marcum’s strategy to move from a regional firm to a national firm.


M&K was ranked #23 last year by IPA and Rachlin was #81 on the IPA Top 100 list.  The combined firm will have more than 800 professionals including 84 partners in 10 locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Grand Cayman. This would place Marcum LLP among the Top 20 firms in terms of staff size.


“The world is different today,” Marcum MP Jeff Weiner tells IPA.  “Firms now have to take the opportunity to stop and think about their growth strategies, and both our firm and Rachlin shared the vision for a unique national growth strategy.” 


“Locals are becoming regionals, regionals are becoming mega-regionals, and mega-regionals are becoming national firms,” says Allan Koltin of PDI who has worked with Marcum on strategy development over the years.  Jay Nisberg made the introduction of Marcum and Rachlin last June.  “The decision to merge happened very quickly – it was the paperwork that took the longest,” says Weiner.


Marcum has signed a letter of intent to acquire a leading firm in Philadelphia July 1, and  is also looking to expand with mergers of major market leaders in southern California and Chicago.