October 23, 2017

Hunt Valley accounting firm Arthur Bell merges with Cohen & Co.

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Lorraine Mirabella From The Baltimore Sun

The Hunt Valley-based accounting firm has merged with Cleveland-based Cohen & Co. to create one of the nation’s top auditors of mutual funds, exchange traded funds and hedge funds, the companies announced.

Arthur Bell will be folded into Cohen’s investment industry services division, doubling Cohen’s resources to serve a national client base of mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, private equity, investment adviser and fund services providers.

The combined company will have more than 550 employees and nine offices and will be among the top 50 CPA firms in the U.S., with nearly $100 million in annual revenue.

The combined practice will be managed by , president of Cohen’s investment industry division, and Corey McLaughlin, managing member of Arthur Bell.

“The increasing complexity of the investment industry and market factors have placed tremendous strain on those in the investment arena,” said Randy Myeroff, CEO of Cohen & Co. “Combining key service areas within the firms has uniquely positioned Cohen & Co. to address the multitude of issues that can arise.”

Arthur Bell, founded more than four decades ago, focuses on the alternative investment community, offering audit, tax and consulting services for hedge funds, commodity pools, funds of funds, private equity and other investment vehicles.

Cohen & Co. works with more than a thousand funds and 1,500 businesses across the country, offering a range of accounting, tax, and consulting services.

Besides its headquarters in Hunt Valley, Arthur Bell has offices in New York, Cayman Islands and Ireland. Cohen, founded in 1977, has offices in Ohio, Michigan, , Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

SOURCE: http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-arthur-bell-merger-cohen-20171004-story.html

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