(Metairie, LA; December 1, 2017) Regional firm LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors (LaPorte) has announced the finalization of its merger with Lanaux & Felger, CPAs, APC (Lanaux Felger), according to William T. “Ted” Mason, president and CEO of LaPorte. The merger became official on December 1, 2017. The regional firm serves clients from five fully staffed offices in Houma, Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Covington, Louisiana, and in Houston, Texas. On December 1, Lanaux Felger and the existing LaPorte Houma practice consolidated in a new location at 304 Corporate Drive, Suite E, in Houma. Lanaux Felger principals Thomas Lanaux and Mark Felger are assuming key leadership roles as directors in LaPorte, and the combined Houma firms will operate as LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors.
With the addition of Lanaux Felger, LaPorte has a total staff of over 180 people and revenue in excess of $28 million.
“With this merger, LaPorte is strengthening our Houma practice and bringing complementary services to an expanded client base,” according to Mason. “We are very pleased that this merger has moved forward so smoothly.” Continuing, Mason states, “Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. Mary Parishes are strategically and economically important to the state, and we are proud to be able to build on our presence there.”
“From Lanaux Felger’s perspective, this merger timed perfectly with our own strategic considerations for our firm’s future,” says Lanaux. “The benefits to both our clients and professionals are multifold. We are now able to offer our clients additional services and resources as well as sophisticated technical support to address the needs of working in an increasingly complex industry environment.”
Beyond that, both leaders agree that most important, the merger is a perfect blend of cultures and a shared commitment to enhancing services to clients as they face industry and regulatory changes.
Lanaux & Felger, CPAs, APC, a full-service tax, accounting, and business consulting firm in Houma, was established in 1979. It has provided tax, audit and assurance, and business consulting services primarily to business entities, financial institutions, local governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations.
Founded in 1946, LaPorte is one of the leading independent full-service accounting, tax, and business advisory firms in the Gulf South region. INSIDE Public Accounting has named LaPorte one of the “Top 200 Accounting Firms” every year since 2010, and Accountants Media Group, publishers of Accounting Today, has rated LaPorte ninth of 18 on the journal’s “2017 Regional Leaders” among Gulf Coast firms. LaPorte serves clients in most major industries, and its principal industry groups include construction, energy, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and entertainment, nonprofit, professional services, public sector, and real estate.
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