After a number of significant changes were made in UK Tax Legislation, Browne Craine & Co saw the opportunity to collaborate with a UK TIAG Member in order to serve their clients in the Isle of Man that might be effected by these changes. In March, Liz Cuthbertson, senior tax partner of Mercer & Hole (London, England), traveled to the Isle of Man to promote her firm and lend her expertise during a presentation to Browne Craine & Co’s clients.
Studio Rock (Milan, Italy) and Mercer & Hole (London, England) started a new collaboration this year: a “Professional” Exchange Program for their associates. Luca Viel, Senior Associate at Studio Rock was the first to pursue this opportunity, spending 8 months this year at Mercer & Hole’s offices in London.
“The first attempt of this new collaboration was absolutely positive. It really helped both firms with the relationship with our London-based, Italian clients and it represents a nice growth opportunity for our associates.”
“We have been delighted to have had this opportunity. Luca became a popular and useful member of the team and has helped create a really close working relationship between our firms that we can build on in the future.”
“Wendy On of Fineman West (Los Angeles, California, USA - TIAG) had a client that started doing business in the Netherlands. The client was in contact with one of the Big Four firms, but Wendy suggested that they should contact our firm to see if we could assist them. Their client is now our client.”
“Our firm had an international client with an urgent need for clarification on a matter concerning German Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). I contacted SGP Schneider Geiwitz (Neu-Ulm, Germany - TIAG) who quickly responded. A time was arranged for direct communication with my client who received the guidance that they needed. This is exactly why we are members of TIAG.”
—Brett Neate; Zinner & Co. LLP (Ohio, USA - TIAG)
“As new TIAG Members, we attended our first TAG Alliances International Conference inQuebec City. There, we were able to meet with so many great TIAG firms from around the world to explore opportunities to serve our clients. Specifically, we needed advice for a transaction in Ireland and met with John O’Connell of HSOC. We also talked with Robert Fortier of Mallette in Quebec to arrange a Francophone secondment for our firm. Participation in this conference, and membership in TIAG, has led to a number of new connections with many more to come.”