Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP Combines with JRZ, LLC

9 May 2013

Baker Tilly International member firm Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP (HA&W) and JRZ, LLC have signed an agreement to combine, creating the fastest-growing commercial real estate tax practice in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

HA&W's CEO and managing partner, Richard Kopelman, said: "With the inking of this deal, there are immediate synergies, as this combination bolsters our already market-leading real estate group".

Jim Ziegelbauer, head of JRZ, LLC, is a well-known and respected tax professional in Atlanta's real estate industry. Jim's firm specialises in providing tax and consulting services to closely-held commercial real estate owners, operators and investors.   
"The deal made a lot of sense for everyone involved", Ziegelbauer commented. "Our firms already share several contact points with clients and our common focus on excellent client service gives us the ability to hit the ground running with our clients and prospects."

Immediate synergies are the underlying driver of the combination, and as a result, real estate companies throughout the metro-Atlanta area now have the top real estate tax experts under one roof, HA&W.

HA&W is the largest Georgia-based tax, accounting and business consulting firm. It has specialised in the real estate industry for more than 60 years. Prior to forming JRZ, LLC, Ziegelbauer was a partner with PwC, heading that firm's Atlanta tax practice for more than five years.

Kopelman concluded: "In addition to organic growth, we will continue to assess strategic opportunities like this one to further benefit our current clients by deepening our expertise and relationships with successful business people in the market".

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