Expert predicts continued PE push into accounting

BVWireIssue #229-2
October 13, 2021

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Recently, EisnerAmper became the first top 20 accounting firm involved in a private equity deal. “I would make a bold prediction here that in the next month, there will be a second top 20 firm to go the way of private equity,” says Allan D. Koltin, in an interview in the Journal of Accountancy. Koltin is CEO of Koltin Consulting Group and has served as an adviser and broker on many of the biggest M&A deals in the accounting space. “But I wouldn’t stop there,” he continues. “I think we could wake up a year from today and there could be no less than three, maybe even as many as four, of the top 20 CPA firms owned by private equity.” Koltin also remarked that, once PE firms acquire a large accounting firm as an “anchor tenant,” they will seek out smaller firms with between $15 million and $100 million in revenue for potential M&A deals.
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