Northeastern firms merge

J.H. Cohn LLP, the largest independent accounting and consulting firm in the Northeast, combined practices with Haggett Longobardi in Glastonbury, CT, one of the largest regional accounting firms in New England, effective June 1. The Connecticut office will operate as Haggett Longobardi, A Division of J.H. Cohn LLP.

Haggett Longobardi serves the middle market and entrepreneurial companies throughout Connecticut, and has earned its reputation as a leader in the market through its commitment to exceeding client expectations, understanding their objectives and by hiring the best and the brightest staff to serve its clients. The addition of the firm's 85 member team, including 66 professionals in New England, is key to deepening J.H. Cohn's expertise and strengthening its brand dominance throughout the Northeast. Last year, Haggett Longobardi was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut by the Hartford Business Journal.

The announcement follows J.H. Cohn's announcement on May 8 that it had merged with New York City-based Berenson LLP, which aimed to deepen J.H. Cohn's expertise in the apparel industry and expand upon the firm's presence in the Northeast.

"Haggett Longobardi's talent, chemistry and partner-level expertise perfectly compliments the core values J.H. Cohn has built its business on," said Thomas J. Marino, chief executive officer of J.H. Cohn. "This alignment is an important stride toward our meeting our strategic growth goals, and positions us to best serve the immediate and longer-term accounting needs of the middle market throughout the entire Northeast."

Haggett Longobardi is a full-service accounting, tax and auditing firm, servicing privately-held businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. The firm specializes in the manufacturing and distribution, real estate and healthcare sectors, and has significant expertise in the global business environment regularly working with companies throughout Europe, Canada, Asia and Central America.

"We were one of the first accounting firms to offer our clients critical support beyond traditional accounting and tax services, by providing Total Business Planning; an innovative approach that combines business acumen with accounting expertise," said Frank Longobardi, one of the founding partners of Haggett Longobardi. "Now, as part of the J.H. Cohn team, our client base will benefit from our combined experience and knowledge of the middle market sector and our enhanced special services tailored to exceeding the specific needs of this niche."

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