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May 16, 2017

Citrin Cooperman Appoints New Co-Leader of Franchise Practice

Featuring Michael Iannuzzi

highres-MJB_1773.jpgNEW YORK, NY (MAY 11, 2017) – Citrin Cooperman is pleased to announce that Michael Iannuzzi, audit partner, has been appointed co-leader of the firm’s Franchise Practice.  As active members of the International Franchise Association, Citrin Cooperman’s Franchise Practice works with franchisors, multi-unit franchisees and private equity firms in many key niche areas, including restaurants, QSRs, fitness centers, entertainment services, educational service, and junk removal companies.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Michael for over ten years and he has proven himself as an ambassador and resource to the franchise community- domestically, internationally, and operationally,” said Aaron Chaitovsky, Citrin Cooperman partner and leader of the Franchise Practice.  “As our firm continues to grow and make our mark in all of our various specialty areas, I am confident that Michael will prove himself to be a great leader.”

Iannuzzi has been advising franchisors and multi-unit franchisees for over a decade on various matters, including franchise performance representations, franchisee unit matrix, franchise disclosure document presentations, advertising fund structure, corporate structuring and restructuring, revenue recognition, and asset protection.  One of Iannuzzi’s primary responsibilities has been managing the domestic audit of one of the largest QSR franchisors in the world.  Iannuzzi is a Certified Franchise Executive and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

“I feel incredibly fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to co-lead the firm’s franchise practice and to take on a new leadership role within the firm,” said Iannuzzi. “I have always valued my experiences and colleagues at Citrin Cooperman and have enjoyed the many challenges working within the franchise community.  I am looking forward to creating new ideas, relationships and strategies to continue growing and enhancing the firm’s franchise practice for the next generation.” 

About Citrin Cooperman: Citrin Cooperman is among the largest, nationally recognized, full-service CPA firms in the United States – currently ranked in the top 25. With over 900 employees and 10 domestic locations throughout the Northeast United States, Citrin Cooperman has steadily built its business serving a diverse and loyal clientele since 1979. Our daily mission is to help our clients “focus on what counts.” We enhance the business and personal lives of our clients through our customized approach which includes offering a wide range of attest, assurance, tax, and business advisory services, including valuation and forensic services, across the globe. Citrin Cooperman has deep experience in a variety of industries, including entertainment, financial services, franchising, health care, private equity, real estate, and technology. Citrin Cooperman is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited.
About Citrin Cooperman's Franchise Practice: Citrin Cooperman is proud to be home to one of the leading accounting and consulting franchising practices in the country, with a dedicated National Franchise Practice that has over 35 years of franchise experience. Providing a full range of services to a vast number of franchise concepts (including some very familiar household names), we work with the founders, owners, operators, controllers, and CFOs of a wide range of franchisors, multi-unit franchisees and private equity groups to help them establish their brands and grow their businesses to the next level. Citrin Cooperman’s Franchise Practice is comprised of experienced CFE-accredited professionals who provide valuable guidance and insight to help our clients minimize uncertainty, meet compliance and contractual obligations, and stay focused on their franchisees, customers, and building their businesses.