By Jason Bramwell, Staff Writer
Chicago-based professional services firm BDO USA LLP has expanded into the western Pennsylvania market by acquiring Pittsburgh-based accounting firm Alpern Rosenthal. The merger is effective December 16, according to BDO USA officials.
Ranked number seventy-six in the INSIDE Public Accountingtop 100 firms of 2013, Alpern Rosenthal is one of the largest firms in Pittsburgh and brings additional staff in Philadelphia, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to BDO USA.
The firm, which is comprised of 250 partners and staff, provides a full range of accounting and consulting services to a diversified client base of privately held and public companies in the following industries:
- Professional services
- Real estate
“Alpern Rosenthal’s prominent position and deep community ties provides us with an ideal entry point into the Pittsburgh market,” BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson said in a written statement. “Alpern’s entrepreneurial culture, commitment to superior client service, and work-life balance made them a natural cultural fit with BDO.”
According to BDO USA, Alexander Paul, who joined Alpern Rosenthal in 1983 and was named firm president in 1998, will serve as the managing partner of the Pittsburgh office. Margaret Tanney, who has more than twenty-five years of experience in public accounting, will manage the Pittsburgh assurance practice, while Celeste Suchko, who joined the firm in 1994, will manage the tax practice. Also, Brandon Otis will lead the business valuation and litigation support practices for BDO Consulting in the Pittsburgh market.
“We are extremely excited to be joining BDO USA, a national firm with a very compatible practice philosophy and culture to our own,” Paul said in a written statement. “With our entire staff moving to BDO, our clients will still receive the local, hands-on service they have always valued from our firm, but will now have access to a wider array of services, broad industry experience, and the resources of BDO’s extensive global network. These expanded resources will help our clients grow and become even more successful.”
Ranked seventh in the INSIDE Public Accounting top 100 firms for 2013, BDO USA has approximately 3,700 staff members around the country, 430 of which are based in Pennsylvania. BDO now has fifty-two offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations around the United States.
Founded in 1910, BDO provides assurance, tax, and consulting services to companies ranging from closely held private businesses to Fortune 500 multinationals in such sectors as:
- Government contracting
- Health care
- Private equity
- Real estate