SOURCE: Marks Paneth LLP

Marks Paneth LLP

March 30, 2015 11:00 ET

Marks Paneth LLP Acquires Accounting Firm With Valuation, International Tax and High Net Worth Expertise

Fischer Barr & Wissinger Becomes Part of Marks Paneth; Acquisition Expands Firm's Footprint in New Jersey

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 30, 2015) - Marks Paneth LLP (FY14 net revenue of $101 million) has acquired Fischer Barr & Wissinger, LLC (FY14 net revenue of $3.5 million), a Parsippany, New Jersey-based full service accounting firm, effective February 1, 2015. With this acquisition, Marks Paneth, the New York City-headquartered accounting firm and the 35th largest in the U.S., expands its growing list of offices to include New Jersey.

Fischer Barr & Wissinger focuses on the areas of tax planning, business and medical practice valuation, litigation support, accounting, auditing and consulting services. Its international tax and high-net-worth capabilities enhance the already strong expertise Marks Paneth offers its clients in these areas of specialization. The firm now operates under the Marks Paneth name.

"We are delighted to bring on the expertise that Fischer Barr & Wissinger has become known for. Our combined client base will benefit from the deepened bench strength of experience," said Mark Levenfus, CPA, Managing Partner of Marks Paneth.

The acquisition also adds expertise to Marks Paneth's valuation practice. Eric Barr, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, CFE, a founder and co-managing member of Fischer Barr & Wissinger, has been named Partner-in-Charge of the valuation practice, part of Marks Paneth's Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group. He will advise clients on business valuation disputes relevant to economic damages, mergers and acquisitions, and changing regulatory requirements in the healthcare industry.

O. David Fischer, CPA, JD, LLM (Taxation), a founder and co-managing member of Fischer Barr & Wissinger, said, "Marks Paneth and Fischer Barr & Wissinger have similar cultures. Joining Marks Paneth brings us access to the depth of technical expertise and resources of a much larger firm. This will, in turn, help us better serve the market."

"We are very pleased to have completed another combination that expands our geographic presence and augments our thought capital with added valuation depth," said Harry Moehringer, CPA, Managing Partner of Marks Paneth. "In addition, Fischer Barr & Wissinger's large complex clients will benefit from the strength of the significant expertise we bring to our clients."

For more information, please contact Katarina Wenk-Bodenmiller of Sommerfield Communications, Inc. at (212) 255-8386 or katarina@sommerfield.com.

About Marks Paneth

Marks Paneth LLP is an accounting firm with more than 550 people, including over 70 partners and principals. The firm provides public and private businesses with a full range of auditing, accounting, tax, consulting, trade remediation and valuation services as well as litigation and corporate financial advisory services to domestic and international clients. The firm also specializes in providing tax advisory and consulting for high-net-worth individuals and their families, as well as a wide range of services for international, real estate, media, entertainment, nonprofit and medical practice clients. The firm has a strong track record supporting emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs, business owners and investors as they navigate the business life cycle.

The firm's subsidiary, Tailored Technologies, LLC, provides information technology consulting services. In addition, its membership in Morison International, a leading international association for independent business advisers, financial consulting and accounting firms, facilitates service delivery to clients throughout the United States and around the world. Marks Paneth, whose origins date back to 1907, is the 35th largest accounting firm in the nation and the 9th largest in the mid-Atlantic region. In addition, readers of the New York Law Journal rank Marks Paneth as one of the area's top three forensic accounting firms for the fifth year in a row.

Its headquarters are in New York City. Additional offices are in Washington, DC, New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and the Cayman Islands. For more information, please visit www.markspaneth.com.

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