Weaver, the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest, has announced its merger with Delong Consulting Services, effective as of June 1. This merger enhances Weaver's expertise in the financial services industry, particularly in the banking sector.

Founded in 1996 by Bill Delong, the consulting services firm provides outsourced regulatory compliance, internal audit and information technology audit services to banking institutions throughout Texas. The Delong team's focus includes:

  • Asset/liability reviews;
  • Regulatory compliance;
  • Internal audit, FDICIA and Sarbanes-Oxley testing and Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering reviews.

The firm's IT services focus on general control reviews and other IT-dependent regulatory reviews, including IT security, and risk management.

Bill Delong joins Weaver as a partner. His team, including 11 staff members, will join the Weaver offices in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Bill Delong's 40-year career included senior vice president and audit director positions at Team Bank and First Gibraltar Bank. His management responsibilities included financial, operational, compliance, trust and information system auditing, as well as management of numerous complex financial and operational projects. Delong also served as the assistant general auditor at Bank One Corporation, responsible for audits of subsidiary banks and non-IT subsidiaries.