The bevy of CPA firm M&A in recent years has changed the size and composition of firms in the market. Even private equity firms looking to pick up accounting practices look at $10 million as a minimum port of entry for making the case to align.
This activity has created a growing community of larger CPA firms while shrinking the middle tier of firms in the $5 million to $10 million revenue range.
Yet, for many successful, closely held businesses, the comfort zone for accounting and advisory guidance comes from CPA firms that are not too big and not too small. Entrepreneurs in this community tend to choose a firm of 25 to 50 people.