IN THIS ISSUE
JULY/AUGUST 2015
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Greetings to All,

Welcome to the latest Worldwide Update. I hope you have enjoyed your summer, or for our southern hemisphere colleagues, are looking forward to spring!

I wonder if you have seen the new Google logo introduced this week. I was pleased when somebody remarked to me that there are certain similarities with our own rebranded look at AGN - similar fonts and use of multi colours. I am certainly not making a direct comparison, but it's always nice to have a little external validation of our direction!

I hope by now you have all had a good look at our new website. There is more work to do in the remainder of 2015, but this is already a major step in the Association's development and I feel places us at the forefront of the market. Please do use the brand guidance and materials to make sure you are making the most of the AGN brand. To access the brand guidelines, login to the website and then scroll down the Members-Only home page to the AGN Logo Download box, click the link and then you will see another link to the Guide Download.

Aside from the new corporate imagery, our website sets out our foundations in high standards and great customer service, consistent across the globe, and underpinned by our brand promise of excellent, connected and individual. Again, this is distinctive from our competitors, and in turn, it supports our development of new approaches and services to make our members' businesses more valuable - which is our important purpose.

At our World Congress in Vancouver, 25-27 October, we will be talking in more detail about the plans referenced above, and working together on some specific initiatives around business development and knowledge sharing. As well as the important opportunity to renew old and make new friendships, there will also be some top quality keynote speakers. I am certain it will be a very stimulating and valuable event. Please do register now.

Finally, I am very pleased to introduce the AGN Staff Exchange Program, with further details below. Huge thanks to Anton Kalanov and his colleagues for masterminding this initiative. It will likely take a little time to develop,  but I am firmly convinced that it gives AGN members a great opportunity to retain and develop talented individuals, as well as to make new, strong, and valuable connections within the AGN global membership. Please do take some time to have a look through and consider what this program might do for your business. 

If not before, I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver! 

Malcolm Ward, CEO
AGN International Ltd.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

EU IFRS SEMINAR
Berlin (Germany) - 11 September, 2015

CSA REGIONAL MEETING
Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
15 - 17 September, 2015

EU GERMAN SPEAKERS MEETING
Bratislava (Slovakia) - 24 - 26 September

WORLD CONGRESS 2015
Vancouver, BC (Canada) - 25 - 28 October, 2015

NA TAX & SALT CONFERENCE
Vancouver, BC (Canada) - 28 - 29 October, 2015

PAST MEETINGS

EU REGIONAL MEETING
Copenhagen (Denmark) - 11 - 13 June, 2015

AP/WAA REGIONAL MEETING
Dubai - (UAE) 31 May - 1 June, 2015

NA REGIONAL MEETING
Atlanta, GA (USA) - 17 - 20 May, 2015

2015 WORLD CONGRESS - REGISTER TODAY!

2015 AGN WORLD CONGRESS
25 - 27 OCTOBER - PAN PACIFIC HOTEL
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA


Hotel reservations deadline: 18 September 2015
Conference registration deadline: 1 October 2015


Join your AGN colleagues from all over the world in an incredibly beautiful part of North America, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! Rob Watts, (this is his home city), and Gary Katz, two of AGN's Canadian firms' managing partners, have put together a social programme that will highlight the spectacular features of the city and the Pacific Northwest of Canada. Malcolm Ward, CEO and Rita Hood, NA Regional Director, have worked hard to put together a technical programme full of rich content and motivating speakers.

It is a proven fact that the more interaction you have with your fellow AGN members, the more valuable AGN will become for you and your firm. Take this opportunity to experience the best AGN has to offer in a city you will remember for a lifetime!

Find more information/registration



STAFF EXCHANGE PROGRAM

AGN has created a Staff Exchange Program whereby AGN member firms may send their talented staff overseas for a temporary work assignment, and for AGN member firms that wish to accept such temporary staff.

The objectives of this program are:

• Foster the exchange of best practices, knowledge, and skills throughout the association

• Provide member firms with a means to develop staff skills, expose them to new ways of working, motivate them, and ultimately assist them in reaching their full potential 

• Special assignments for projects requiring knowledge of local legislation and/or language of the staff person's home country

• Opportunity to attract and retain best staff (similar to opportunities available in Big 4 firms) 

Advantages to participating firms are additional staff when you need them without the obligation of a long-term contract, new ideas and experiences, increased staff morale, and more! 

The world is becoming smaller every day, and global integration and experience are becoming ever more important. AGN member firms can meet these challenges by participating in the AGN Staff Exchange Program. More information is available to members via the Members-Only home page. Scroll down to the Staff Exchange Program box for further information and forms.

YOU - OUR HOME PAGE STAR?

The home page of our new website includes a rotating banner of some of our members and AGN team. The purpose is to echo our brand promise and show us as "individual". According to our brand and our emphasis on standards and service, we are aiming to come across as: "Commercial, pragmatic and genuine . . . Relationship focused, wise and reflective, but young and energetic in outlook . . . Trusted professionals that people actually want to do business with."

Over time, we would like to add your shots to our International home page. We would love you to send in your photos for possible inclusion. If you take a look at the shots already there, you will get an idea of the style we are after - they will usually be solo shots with detail of your head and shoulders - we can make black and white, crop and blur backgrounds if required. Always professional of course, but please, let your individual personality shine through!

Do please send your suggested shot to info@agn.org.



MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES

The Association continues to attract a stream of membership prospects. At the time of writing, we have enquiries in:

• USA
• Colombia
• Australia
• Estonia
• Hungary
• Slovenia
• UK
• India
• Zimbabwe
• Ghana
• Bahrain
• Oman
• Mongolia
• Germany
• Bulgaria
• Italy
• The Netherlands
• Croatia
• Switzerland

As always, all enquiries undergo a rigorous assessment and evaluation process, at both Regional and International levels, to ensure that they share our commitment to high standards and great customer service, and will both contribute to and benefit from AGN membership.

We are always particularly interested to get recommendations from existing AGN members. If you know of high quality firms that are interested in joining us, please do have a discussion with your usual AGN contact. Of course, you are always welcome to contact our London headquarters.




MEMBER NEWS
NEWS Asia Pacific http://www.agn.org/apmain

Fiducia Management Consultants
The topic of Fiducia Management Consultants latest newsletter, China Focus, is "A New Era in Compliance" in which these topics are discussed:

Compliance: the Fine Line Between Appreciation, Favours, and Bribes
• "Hunt Tigers, Swat Flies": Compliance Policy Changes
5 Tips on How to Be Compliant in China

See the newsletter here


The APAC tax publications are here! Tax Cards 2015 and Transfer Pricing 2015 both include country comparisons. Find these publications at www.agn.org / Media / Publications

NEWS Central & South America http://www.agn.org/csamain


CSA Regional Meeting - Everything is Ready!
15 - 17 September 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Punta Cana is waiting for our members from the CSA region. The Hard Rock Hotel will host a unique event that will be a great opportunity for members to learn about AGN developments with a dedicated focus on Business Development and Succession Planning.

If you still want to register, contact Mireia Rovira as soon as possible!



New Publications
CSA Tax Comparison: this publication is now available in English and Spanish, and a Portuguese version will be released very soon. This year the Tax Committee has also prepared an interesting overview that highlights the tax comparison in the region.

CSA Services and Industries: a brochure that contains detailed information about the sectors where our member firms' clients are operating and the services that members are providing. This brochure also reveals how well prepared the region is to provide excellent service in different areas and industries.

 Find these publications at www.agn.org / Media / Publications

 
NEWS Europe http://www.agn.org/eumain

AGN Firms Ranked in the Leading Auditing and Tax Consulting Companies in Germany
German Market Research Company Lünendonk GmbH has published its well-known annual survey results of top accounting and auditing firms in Germany. We are pleased to announce that AGN firms have been ranked as the 7th largest. Congratulations!

Full details here



Vyvey & Co Announces New Office

Steven Vyvey, partner in Vyvey & Co in Belgium, announces the firm has opened a new office in Merelbeke. The firm has another office in Massenhoven. Contact details for both offices:

Massenhoven office:
Region Antwerpen, Kempen en Waasland
Herentalsebaan 2
2340 Massenhoven
t: +32 3 482 08 72
f: +32 3 482 08 73
  Merelbeke office:
Region Oost-en West-Vlaanderen
Verlorenbroodstraat 122
9820 Merelbeke
t: +32 9 395 04 28
f: +32 9 391 36 63 


See the 2015 European Regional Meeting photo album here


Brazilian firms meet
   
Rengi Trevor offices
     

Meeting at Confiance 
   


Brazilian firms meet
   
Rengi Trevor offices
     

Meeting at Confiance 
   


Brazilian firms meet
   
Rengi Trevor offices
     

Meeting at Confiance 
   
NEWS North America http://www.agn.org/namain

Partner Development Academy (PDA) Webinars
AGN members from all regions are invited to participate in the two remaining PDA webinars for this year. These free 75-minute webinars are designed for partners, principals, senior managers, and high level staff as appropriate by topic. Each session begins at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. AGN-NA will set up toll free phone numbers for your country as a 75 minute call to the US would be prohibitive. Click on the webinar title to review the sessions:

• 21 Sept. 2015 - Developing a Successful Strategic Initiative or Niche
• 4 Dec. 2015 - Delivering Transformative Feedback to Your Team 
(scroll down past the Sept. webinar to see the Dec. webinar information)

Register for both or just one of the webinars in this series. Contact Patsy if you have any questions.


2015 Tax & SaLT Conference
In conjunction with the 2015 World Congress, the NA region is holding it's annual Tax & SaLT (State & Local Tax) Conference immediately following the World Congress in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Tuesday evening, 27 October, at Grouse Mountain will be a joint event to give tax professionals from all regions the opportunity to meet and get to know each other in a relaxed, social atmosphere. 

Find more conference information here



NEWS FROM THE AGN TEAM

Rita Hood, NA Regional Director, Retires in May 2016
Rita J. Hood, an AGN team member for 29 years (so far!), will retire on May 31, 2016. Before the merger that created AGN, Rita began her employment in 1986 as the Continental Association of CPA Firms (CACPA)'s first Marketing Coordinator, and in subsequent years served as Director of Marketing Services and Member Networking. In 1996 she was named Executive Director and was fundamental in the eventual merger of CACPA and CKL to form what we now know as AGN.

For many of you, the 2015 World Congress will be the last time you see Rita at an AGN event. Don't miss this opportunity to thank her for all her contributions to the association over the years! 


Meet Asia Pacific's New Regional Manager
Simon Chan joins the AGN team as the Regional Manager for the Asia/Pacific region. Simon is fluent in Chinese and English; he begins employment next month.

REGISTRATION TO THE AGN MEMBERS-ONLY AREA

You can register partners, managers and staff so they may access the Members-Only area of the AGN website. In order to do so, contact your AGN regional office and they will set up your staff with individual usernames and passwords.

In addition, your staff will receive email newsletters and other communications from AGN (international and regional updates, invitations to AGN events, etc.)

 

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