Urge to Merge: M&A fever hits accounting and insurance firms

The merger trend among local independent insurance agencies, which shifted into high gear last year, is also hitting the public accounting sector. Traverse City-based Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth (DGN), northern Michigan’s largest, locally owned public accounting firm, last month purchased Hill, Schroderus & Company, a Petoskey-based...

On the Case: Local attorneys face big cases this year

Sleepy northern Michigan is a misnomer when it comes to the courtroom. Cases involving OxyContin, Roundup, and controversial downstate attorney Geoffrey Fieger all have local connections, some with potentially big legal consequences. The rise of high-profile cases could be linked to a sea change of the local...

Accounting Steps Up: Three firms embrace tech, services to lure clients

Math nerds. Quiet, sit-in-a-corner types. Dull and boring. Accountants fight stereotypes like these and more. Or not. At the business school Golden Gate University, there’s pushback against such stereotypes. On its website, it says: “Think of an accountant like a FitBit® for management and investors. Accountants give...