Washington, D.C. 20549

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 1, 2019
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111 North Washington Street
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301
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(920) 430-1400
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Item 4.01
Changes in Registrant's Certifying Accountant.
Effective October 1, 2019, Nicolet Bankshares, Inc.’s (the “Company”) independent registered public accounting firm, Porter Keadle Moore, LLC (“PKM”) combined its practice (the “Practice Combination”) with Wipfli LLP (“Wipfli”). As a result of the Practice Combination, PKM effectively resigned as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm and Wipfli, as the successor to PKM following the Practice Combination, was engaged as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm. The Company's Audit Committee was notified of the Practice Combination and the effective resignation of PKM and ratified and approved the engagement of Wipfli.

The reports of PKM on the financial statements of the Company for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principle. In connection with its audits of the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 and reviews of the Company's financial statements through June 30, 2019, there were no disagreements with PKM on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of PKM, would have caused them to make reference thereto in their report on the financial statements for such years.

The Company has furnished to Wipfli (as successor following the Practice Combination of PKM) the statements made in this Item 4.01. Attached as Exhibit 16.1 to this Form 8-K is Wipfli's letter to the Commission, dated October 7, 2019 regarding these statements.

During the two most recent fiscal years and through October 1, 2019, the Company has not consulted with Wipfli on any matter that (i) involved the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company's financial statements, in each case where a written report was provided or oral advice was provided that Wipfli concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue; or (ii) was either the subject of a disagreement, as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K, or a reportable event, as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date:  October 7, 2019
/s/ Ann K. Lawson
Ann K. Lawson
Chief Financial Officer

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