Many firms across the country that previously declared no interest in merging are now actively engaged in merger discussions with other firms. According to the AICPA 2016 succession survey:
A merger, if planned and executed well, will provide substantial advantage for the merged firms and their respective staff and clients. A merger of any kind - upstream merge, merger of equals, merger for succession, merger for practice development or niche acquisition - requires a significantly different form of investigation and analysis than an acquisition or sale.
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