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Accounting and Consulting Firms Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC and ERE, LLP Join Forces

Combined firm among nation’s 40 largest public accounting and consulting firms. Leading firms broaden practice areas and expand presence in 10 cities including Miami, New York and Chicago.

Miami, FL, January 13, 2011 --( Florida’s largest independent public accountant firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC (MBAF) and New York-based accounting and consulting firm servicing the Tri-State area, ERE, LLP, announced today that they have combined. The announcement was made by Tony Argiz, CEO and managing partner of MBAF, and Ira Rubenstein, managing partner of ERE. The union creates one of the top 40 largest accounting and consulting firms in the United States with more than $85 million in annual revenue.

Enhanced Capabilities for Impeccable Client Service

Combined, the two respected accounting and consulting firms will be a premier organization with more than 400 staff members. Core practices will focus on tax and accounting, audit, technology consulting, litigation support, business valuation, fiscal and infrastructure consulting, trusts and estates, and private wealth services. The firm’s service offerings extend to technology, healthcare, real estate, sports, entertainment and non-profit among other industries. The combined firm will have offices in Miami, New York, Baltimore, Boca Raton, Boulder, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Valhalla and India. As a result, ERE will become MBAF-ERE CPAs, LLC, a division of MBAF.

The unification also offers expansion opportunities for affiliate consulting firms, Fiscal Management Associates, LLC (FMA) and Solutions@MBAF, LLC. FMA, an affiliate of ERE, focuses on business consulting services to the non-profit sector and has offices in Chicago and New York. It will provide synergy to MBAF’s extensive non-profit accounting and auditing practice. In addition, Solutions@MBAF offers technology consulting services to organizations on a local and international level in networking and communications, software development and integration, business process automation, computer assurance and customer service solutions.

“We were looking to strategically expand and found a mutually beneficial opportunity with ERE, a strong and valued firm in its markets,” said Tony Argiz, CEO and managing partner at MBAF. “By joining forces, we are further strengthening our high-level of commitment to client service across multiple markets and industries.”

“This union represents a major milestone for both firms, broadening our practice areas and allowing us to increase our client base in the Southeast,” said Ira Rubenstein, managing partner of ERE. “To start, it will enhance and strengthen our capabilities so that our current and potential clients will benefit from expanded services and expertise. It will also increase our reach and visibility, driving growth in both new business sectors and in existing ones.”

Professional Development to Prepare Future Leaders

Prior to joining forces, both firms were devoted to presenting employees with rewarding professional experiences and growth opportunities. The staff of the combined firm will gain from an extended network of highly-informed and educated colleagues who will help each other fortify their skills to better serve clients and continue on a professional growth path.

“ERE’s talented and skilled team of professionals ideally complements our core practices and corporate culture,” added Argiz. “By forming one of the most knowledgeable and trusted team of professionals in our industry, we are poised for a bright future as a larger, stronger firm.”

“In addition, the combined firm will offer increased career and personal development opportunities for our professionals, cultivating the future accounting and business leaders,” added Rubenstein.

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Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP
Tony Argiz
1001 Brickell Bay Drive, 9th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

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