SOURCE: Sikich LLP

Sikich LLP

June 17, 2013 17:18 ET

Sikich Expands Into Wisconsin With Kolb+Co. Merger

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - June 17, 2013) -  Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm, announced today that the firm has signed a letter of intent to merge with Brookfield, Wis.-based public accounting and consulting firm Kolb+Co. The merger, which will be effective August 1, will expand Sikich into Wisconsin; this will be Sikich's first Wisconsin-based office, and it will become the firm's second-largest office throughout the country.

"Merging with Kolb+Co. is an exciting opportunity for Sikich, as it will bring the firm into a brand-new geographic market and a wonderful group of clients; add to our top-notch accounting and advisory teams; and help us continue our rapid growth through expanding our offerings," said Jim Sikich, CEO and managing partner of Sikich. "With more than 50 years of success, Kolb+Co. has received numerous workplace awards, including Top Workplaces in Milwaukee and Best Accounting Firms to Work For, culturally complementing Sikich. We look forward to many more years of success as one unified firm."

Through this merger, Sikich will have the ability to enrich its public accounting and advisory teams with additional resources and top talent. The added growth as a result will diversify Sikich's breadth of services, enhance the firm's capability to service more markets, help clients more efficiently reach their goals, and increase growth opportunities for the firm's employees. Kolb+Co. will bring 15 partners and more than 60 professionals to Sikich with areas of expertise in auditing and accounting, consulting, mergers and acquisitions advisory, retirement plan administration and design, tax consulting and compliance, and information systems consulting and training for businesses; and financial advisory services and tax planning and compliance for individuals.

Tom Luken, CPA, president of Kolb+Co., will join Sikich as a partner, focusing on expanding the Sikich brand into the Wisconsin market. "We are very excited to join the Sikich team," said Luken. "Through this union, we will be able to offer our clients expanded industry capabilities and a full suite of advisory and technology services, as well as access to additional talented and experienced professionals. Sikich's commitment to service excellence will be a perfect complement to what we have built during the past 53 years. We look forward to utilizing these resources to benefit our clients and to grow our presence in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois."

Luken and his team are in the process of contacting clients to inform them of the upcoming change and address any questions they may have about the transition or Sikich. For more information, visit the Sikich website.

About Sikich
Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm, has more than 450 employees throughout the country. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as one of the country's Top 40 Certified Public Accounting firms and is among the top 1% of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the world. From corporations and non-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals. Visit www.sikich.com to discover how you can elevate performance in your organization.

Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker dealer with the Securities Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA/SIPC.

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