May 02, 2013
Marcum LLP's Merger with Cornerstone Accounting Group Featured in AccountingWEB Article "Merger Gives Marcum Foothold into Real Estate Industry"
By Terri Eyden
In an effort to expand its real estate practice, New York City–based national accounting and advisory firm Marcum LLP has merged with Cornerstone Accounting Group, a real estate accounting and assurance firm also based in Manhattan. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed.
No layoffs are expected at either firm, Marcum Managing Partner Jeffrey Weiner told AccountingWEB. Marcum will absorb the entire Cornerstone team, which consists of five partners and seventy-five staff members. Cornerstone Managing Partner Daniel Vitulli will become national leader of Marcum's real estate industry group and will join Marcum's executive committee.
Weiner says the reasons for the merger were twofold.
"On the Marcum side, Cornerstone is probably the preeminent boutique real estate practice in the country. It was certainly a really good practice in a practice area that we wanted to expand," he says. "I think Cornerstone wanted to be able to take what they created in New York and expand it nationally. Cornerstone felt that between the people at Marcum and the Marcum footprint, we would be the best place for them to expand what they started on their own."
Coincidentally, both firms have offices in the same buildings in New York and Roseland, New Jersey, says Weiner, who adds that those offices will be consolidated.
New Services for Clients
Weiner says Cornerstone clients will now have access to services in a one-stop shopping environment that they've never had access to before.