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Ryan & Company Acquires Burr Wolff Transaction Tax and STS Corporate Tax Technology Business Units

Press Release Dec 01, 2006

Dallas, Texas -- Ryan & Company, North America’s largest independent state & local tax consulting firm, today announced that it has acquired the Burr Wolff Transaction Tax and STS Corporate® Tax Technology business units. The Boards of Directors of both companies unanimously approved the transaction today.

Steve Allen, Executive Vice President, Sales and Use Tax/STS, joins Ryan & Company as Principal and will continue to manage service delivery operations for Burr Wolff clients acquired in the transaction. The Burr Wolff Transaction Tax and STS Corporate® team of professionals and associates joins the growing national network of Ryan & Company and further strengthens the Ryan & Company sales and use tax and tax technology businesses. Separately, Brent Walker and his team of STS Corporate® development and integration professionals join the Ryan & Company Tax Technology practice. After the transaction, Ryan & Company will have almost 650 professionals and associates in 27 North American locations serving clients in the United States and Canada.

The acquisition adds a number of significant Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 client relationships to Ryan & Company’s premier portfolio of clients, as well as a team of industry-recognized experts that further expand the Firm’s leading sales and use tax practices in Houston, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Dallas. The deal also adds STS Corporate®, an innovative tax decision automation software solution to the Firm’s tax technology unit, providing existing STS Corporate® clients with a best-in-class and financially secure service provider. STS Corporate® also provides current Ryan & Company clients with the additional value-added capabilities of a tax decision automation solution, backed by a trusted long-term partner.

“This acquisition affords Ryan & Company the opportunity to demonstrate our industry-leading tax consulting expertise and superior client service to a new group of premier Fortune 500 companies,” said G. Brint Ryan, Managing Principal of Ryan & Company. “It also brings a seasoned team of industry recognized professionals, including Steve Allen who will join the Ryan & Company leadership team as a Principal in our Houston office. Additionally, Brent Walker, the architect of STS Corporate®, and his team of implementation and support professionals have joined Ryan & Company to support the platform and enhance our suite of Tax Technology Solutions.”

This acquisition continues Ryan & Company’s steady and consistent growth over the past fifteen years, further establishing the Firm’s industry leadership position and providing additional value-added services for its portfolio of premier Fortune 1000 clients.

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,800 professionals and associates serves over 30,000 clients in more than 80 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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