“I was fortunate to strike up a conversation with Angeline Chew of ACT Partners (Malaysia) during a recent TAG Alliances meeting. Angeline mentioned that the Malaysian government was introducing a Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and it was loosely based on the Australian equivalent. One thing lead to another and we ended up agreeing to assist Angeline’s team with GST training and seminars for their clients. The last piece of the puzzle was a presentation to the Malaysian Institute of Accountants GST conference that was attended by 250 professionals and included speakers from the Kastam (Customs) Office, IBM and National Insurers. I was very impressed with Angeline’s team and her dedication to servicing clients and look forward to working together in years to come.”
—Aaron Lavell, WMS Chartered Accountants (Queensland, Australia)
“We were contacted by Andy Crook of Mercer & Hole (London, England – TIAG) regarding a French national client. The client was residing in the United Kingdom and also had business operations in the UK, France and Algeria. They were interested in establishing operations in the U.S., specifically in the Boston area.
In addition, they wanted to begin to assemble a residential real estate portfolio. It became very apparent that in addition to accounting and tax needs, they also required legal representation. At that point, I reached out to the TAGLaw member in Boston, Riemer and Braunstein (Massachusetts, USA - TAGLaw) who ended up handling all of their needs.”
—Norman Posner, Samet & Company (Massachusetts, USA – TIAG)
TIAG & TAGLaw Firms Collaborate for Brazilian and Scottish Energy Seminar
We are delighted to announce that two TIAG member firms, Grupo Planus (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - TIAG) and Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB) (Scotland - TIAG), and the TAGLaw Brazil and Scotland member firms collaborated to deliver a "Doing Business in Brazil" seminar for respective Oil & Gas industry clients and contacts on September 20, 2011 in Aberdeen.
Kevin Mann, International Tax Partner at AAB, explained that the idea for the seminar originally arose at the TIAG/TAGLaw conference in Geneva. "The seminar itself was a great success, with about 100 people in attendance and feedback received from them indicates that they thought the presentations were first class."
"The breadth of services combined with the alliance's reach into 95+ countries represents a powerful resource for members and their clients seeking to do business overseas. Over one third of our recent deals have had an international dimension. But it is not only in M&A that the TAG Alliances gives us an edge.
Recent projects involving our TAG colleagues have ranged from helping a client company set up a new overseas subsidiary to advising a high net worth individual on his emigration plans."
—Simon Chapman of Burgis & Bullock (Warwickshire, England)
"In February, one of our strategic partners was in need of a tax professional in Mexico for one of her international clients. We reached out to TIAG for a member in Mexico City to assist our strategic partner. Within an hour of the initial request, we were put in touch with Pepe Ribe of Ribe Aguirre y Asociados SC in Mexico City. The strategic partner and Pepe Ribe had a discussion that same day which ultimately culminated in Pepe Ribe being hired by the client within the week. The client and our strategic partner are both happy with the services provided to date."
—Grace G. Singer; Berdon LLP (New York, New York, USA - TIAG)