published on January 24, 2017 - 4:13 PM
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Mergers and acquisitions are the words of the day for a trio of Fresno accounting firms.


First, Northern California-based accounting and business consulting firm Sensiba San Filippo has acquired Fresno-based Slater Moffat Partners in a deal for which the terms were not disclosed.

As part of the acquisition, Slater Moffat partners Jon Slater and John Moffat will join the Sensiba San Filippo (SSF) partner group, as well as the firm’s staff of about 18 people.

Slater Moffat’s specialization in agribusiness, real estate, closely-held businesses, forensic accounting and business valuation will strengthen SSF’s existing practice and serve to expand those services in both Fresno and the Bay Area, according to a news release from SSF.

“This acquisition is a very exciting move for both firms,” said John Sensiba, managing partner of Sensiba San Filippo, in a statement. “SSF is thrilled to expand our geographical presence into the Fresno area and add an incredibly talented and specialized group of individuals to our team. The values and work ethic at Slater Moffat mirror our core values at SSF, and we look forward to a strong partnership and the opportunity to provide both our client bases with increased specialization and robust service.”

SSF has offices in Oakland, San Mateo, San Jose, Morgan Hill, San Francisco, and now Fresno.

With more than 30 years of experience helping businesses, Slater Moffatt’s John Moffat said he is excited to embark on a new chapter with the firm.

“We feel blessed to not only have the opportunity to increase the career opportunities for our staff, but to provide our clients with enhanced services and expertise to help them further their personal and business objectives. Our firms share many of the same values and both exhibit a strong commitment to our clients, employees and our communities. We have already shown terrific synergy and we truly look forward to sharing this next chapter with SSF,” Moffatt said in a statement.

Another pair of local accounting firms, Baerg & Associates and Chaltraw & Associates, announced earlier this month their intention to merge effective in late February or early March.

In a letter to clients, William Chaltraw said the two firms have been sharing space for the last two years, and the merger agreement is a “natural progression of this relationship.”

The new firm’s name will be Baerg & Associates LLP, and Bill Chaltraw will be a partner in the new firm.

“We are convinced that this merger will allow us to better utilize existing resources and better serve our clients in the future,” Chaltraw said.

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