Citrin Cooperman announced today the firm’s continued expansion on the West Coast with the joining of boutique entertainment, business management, and accounting firm Mejia & Kaplan LLP, effective December 1, 2019. This deal marks the second Los Angeles deal that Citrin Cooperman has made in 2019, having completed a transaction with Shuwarger & Company LLP in June. Wayne Mejia and Mark Kaplan will join the firm as partners, bringing their staff of 28, and retaining their Beverly Hills office.
“Mark and Wayne have built a great entertainment practice in one of our key markets,” said Citrin Cooperman CEO, Joel Cooperman. “We’re thrilled to have them on board and to be able to provide more on-the-ground resources for our entertainment client base as we continue our expansion in Southern California. Our clients appreciate having bicoastal expertise, which we can now offer.”
Mejia & Kaplan LLC provides business management, strategic tax planning, and preparation – both domestic and international, and now audit, and consulting services to clients in the entertainment industry. Their clients consist of Grammy Award- winning domestic and international groups and individual musicians, comedians, Academy Award- winning actors, directors, writers, music promoters, managers, agents, and other entertainment-related companies and their executives.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our firm and our clients,” said Mejia and Kaplan in a joint statement. “It was important for us to find a firm with a deep understanding of the work we do with our clientele, and Citrin Cooperman started as an entertainment firm and has a long history of working with clients in the entertainment industry. That, combined with their commitment to client service and investment in the forward-thinking resources, make this a great fit for our team. We are excited to now be able to draw on the depth of Citrin Cooperman’s experience and team to provide additional value to our clients.”
Citrin Cooperman was founded in 1979 with seed money from two iconic rock ‘n’ roll bands, The Who and Yes, and has continued to advise clients in their robust Entertainment, Music, and Sports Practice. The firm is in serious conversation with another Southern California CPA firm, and is hopeful to complete that transaction before year end.
“The addition of Mejia & Kaplan to Citrin Cooperman is truly an example of 1 + 1 = 3” said Citrin Cooperman’s Business Management and Family Office Practice Leader, Michael DeVito. “Wayne and Mark’s practice strengthens and complements our already robust entertainment and business management practice which will be the thrust of spreading these services to all of our offices across the globe.”
About Citrin Cooperman: Citrin Cooperman is among the largest, full-service assurance, tax, and business advisory firms in the United States, having steadily built its business serving a diverse and loyal clientele since 1979. Our daily mission is to help our clients “focus on what counts.” Rooted in our core values, we provide a comprehensive, integrated business approach to traditional services, which includes proactive insights throughout the lifecycle of our clients wherever they do business, across the globe. Citrin Cooperman is an independent firm associated with Moore Global Network Limited. citrincooperman.com