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Life after merger: New Jersey accountants detail what it's like three months on

Three months after merging with firm SobelCo, find out how it's gone for our New Jersey member.

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In January 2019, Alliott Group New Jersey member Weber Shapiro merged with SobelCo, a firm founded in 1956. The firm will maintain two New Jersey offices in Livingston and Woodcliff Lake. The combined firm has 24 partners, 160 total staff, and revenues in excess of $25 million. Mark Weber is the partner in charge of the Woodcliff Lake office and Alan Sobel is the managing partner of the firm.

SobelCo’s focus has historically been on providing high-quality service to middle market, closely-held businesses. However, they also have strong practice groups in nonprofits, business and equipment valuations, forensic accounting, and economic damage calculations. The firm has core niches in supermarkets, real estate, manufacturing, construction, and retail. These niches complement Weber Shapiro's general practice, which focuses on international tax, technology, and professional service firms.

As you know, when firms merge there is typically an emphasis on the business benefits, including revenue, greater efficiencies, expanded niche specialties, branding opportunities, and best practices - but in this instance, we are especially proud that our common culture was also an important deciding factor. Both our firms have always put our people as our first priority, and together we continue to encourage a shared philosophy that nurtures a strong staff, client and community-centric philosophy.

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