Looking to establish a presence in the Pacific Northwest, Cleveland-based IPA 100 firm CBIZ has acquired the non-attest assets of IPA 200 firm Berntson Porter & Company of Bellevue, Wash.
Founded in 1985, Berntson Porter provides tax, forensic, valuation and transaction services to clients in a wide range of industries, including construction, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, service, wholesale distribution and technology. The firm has approximately 120 employees.
“In Berntson Porter, we found the ideal partner with a shared commitment to client service, a strong cultural fit and deep expertise within their team of seasoned professionals,” says CBIZ president and CEO Jerry Grisko. “Working together, we will expand the services we offer our clients and continue to pursue growth.”
“Berntson Porter was an attractive potential partner to many of the top accounting and consulting firms wanting to enter the Puget Sound market,” adds Allan Koltin, CEO of the Koltin Consulting Group, who advised both firms on the deal. “Berntson Porter selected CBIZ because of its amazing culture, breadth and depth of services, and the growth opportunities for their people and clients.”
Concurrent with this transaction, Kansas City-based Mayer Hoffman McCann PC announced the acquisition of the attest assets of Berntson Porter. CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman have an alternative practice structure as separate and independent legal entities that work together to serve clients’ business needs.