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The CPA M&A Market for 2022

Type: Webinar with NA CPE

Starts
13 July 2022 2:00 pm ET
Ends
13 July 2022 3:00 pm ET

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET






Untitled Document

1 hr CPE/CPD in Business Management & Organization

Program Level: Overview

The CPA M&A Market for 2022    

The CPA M&A market continues to rapidly change. What is my firm worth? This is a question our CPA M&A team receives daily from practices across the country. We will cover the broad trends in the CPA M&A marketplace including how private equity firms are entering the space, succession concerns, acquisition of non-accounting businesses, and deal structures. 

Learning Objectives

  • How to best prepare yourself to conduct a M&A deal
  • Understand the different M&A deal structures
  • Hear what other CPA firms are doing on acquiring non-accounting businesses
  • Gain a clear picture of how to value practices
  • Realize where your firm’s succession plan stands


Speaker Bio


Bob Lewis
President
The Visionary Group

Bob is one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. His focus is to build the Enterprise Value of CPA Firms using a process of mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, and refinement of a firm’s organic growth decisions. He has been exclusively supporting the CPA profession for 25 plus years and collaborates with firms of any size including a few of the largest firms in the country. For firms looking to explore M&A, his team has a search process to identify tuck-ins or platform locations to build upon. Candidates can be CPA firms and non-accounting businesses such as tech companies, specialty management consultants, VARs, or other businesses. Bob and his team identify practices not up for sale or merger yet and manage the deal cycle from start through negotiations and closure.

Organic growth and firm succession are two areas Bob helps firm navigate. Organically, Bob acts as the Chief Growth or Advisory Officer for CPA firms. In these roles he collaborates with leadership to shape the firm’s vision to refine their future organic growth, expand advisory capabilities, and use M&A as a focused growth catalyst. He helps firms analyze underperforming clients and instills a focused growth process. From a succession perspective, many firms want to preserve their legacy. Bob designs partnership buy-ins, compensation structures, multi-layered incentive goals, and trains newer partners. Bob is a frequent speaker nationally, at local events, and in individual firms. He was an accountant and has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA, both from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. 

 


Speaker Bio


Doug Lewis
Director
The Visionary Group

Doug is responsible for the overall success of Visionary’s Mergers & Acquisitions sector. He specializes in conducting M&A searches from inception, through onboarding and final closing of transactions. Doug leads our candidate firm profiling, development of targets, assessing the potential candidate fits, and deal structure & negotiations. A major component of his role is to facilitate structured and fair opportunities for all parties involved in M&A transactions. He spends the majority of his time speaking with Managing Partners, CEOs, and other key leadership positions inside CPA firms and non-accounting organizations. His focus is to increase deal flow and overcome obstacles as they arise during the M&A process. Doug has a proven track record of successfully establishing relationships with industry leaders to think outside the box when conducting M&A related activities. The balance of his time is spent on building a strategic partnership network of trusted consultants and advisors. Prior to joining The Visionary Group, Doug spent time in key client facing roles in the professional sports and the startup technology industries. In these roles, he was responsible for leading several different sales, marketing, and account management campaigns catered towards Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Illinois State University.

 

 


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