IN THIS ISSUE
1st QUARTER 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO


Greetings to All,

Welcome to your Spring 2016 AGN Worldwide Update. Of course, this is a very busy time of year for many of us, with long hours and tight deadlines. Thank you for pausing to read the latest news from AGN. 

I do encourage you please to take a look beyond the busy season, and to plan some self development and recreation for yourself and colleagues alike once things calm down a little. As a part of this, please do consider attending one of our AGN regional meetings. We have a great meeting program kicking off in Okinawa in April, and all our meetings are excellent opportunities for some professional development, to refresh business relationships and make new ones, and also to visit some great places too. People often get particular value by attending a meeting outside their own region, which you are always very welcome to do. Please see the further information below, visit our website for more details, or of course speak to your usual AGN contact.

Our new emphasis on business development (BD) continues. You can expect to see this feature in regional meetings, and also please do take a look in the BD section in our website members area. You will find there many new tools and templates of great value. And you will see still more "In it to Win It" content in the next few weeks with a detail guide to successful proposals. Please take a look also at the ever expanding Business Opportunity Bulletin (BoB) series. Which of these are relevant to your clients? What are the BoB ideas for your territory that AGN members should know about and could bring business your way? Please do contact Mireia Rovira for information on our BD activities.

The next few months will see us conclude this stage of our reworking of our service offering to members, with a greater emphasis on member value through knowledge sharing platforms and business performance tools - more of that later in the year. As this work concludes, we are now increasingly looking to build our membership. We believe that more members of the right quality increases the opportunities for all. Please do let us know if you are working with people around the world who share our commitment to high standards and great customer service, and you feel would benefit from and contribute to AGN membership. Any AGN team member will be delighted to receive your suggestions and answer your queries in this respect.
  
I wish you a successful and enjoyable busy season, and I do hope to see you very soon at one of our meetings around the world. 

All the best.

Malcolm Ward, CEO
AGN International Ltd.

AGN ON YOUR WEBSITE

EXPLAIN YOUR AGN MEMBERSHIP ON YOUR WEBSITE

The AGN office has developed a document you may copy and paste into your firm's website to help explain your membership in AGN. Additionally, the Brand Guidelines have been updated.

Do ensure that your website is using the new AGN logo and that you are adhering to the Brand Guidelines. 
(Route: My AGN / Logo Download)

Also available for AGN members' use is an image of the AGN map showing the Association's global presence.

Contact your Regional Director for more information.

THE VALUE OF AGN


CROSSING THE ANDES
AGN's Vice Chair / CSA Chair, Alberto Adaminas, conquered the arduous challenge of running across the Andes recently. He overcame extreme physical and mental exhaustion as well as many obstacles. Congratulations, Alberto!

Alberto Adaminas Running Across the Andes



ESTHER TAN HONORED
         
Esther Tan Honored
ESTHER TAN RECEIVES HONORIFIC TITLE IN MALAYSIA

AGN member Esther Tan, Partner with GEP Associates in Malaysia, has been honored with the title of Dato’. She was awarded this title on 11th March by the Sultan of Pahang in a ceremony at Istana Pahang (Pahang Palace).

Dato’ is a title conferred by the rulers of one of the nine Malay states (Sultan or Governor), and is reserved for people who have contributed significantly to Malaysian society. It is a high honor similar to knighthood in the UK.

Read more in the article



MEETINGS SEASON BEGINS
AGN International

All five regions -  Asia Pacific (AP), Central & South America (CSA), Europe (EU), North America (NA), and West Asia & Africa (WAA) - have scheduled their respective meetings, with three meetings already open for registration. These meetings are an important opportunity for AGN members to meet together to discuss current issues affecting their businesses and the businesses of their clients. All AGN members are invited to attend meetings outside their own region to enhance business development opportunities. 


18-20 April
AP Regional Meeting - Naha City, Okinawa, Japan
Join your AGN colleagues in Asia Pacific for technical sessions that include: Global Taxation Trend, Technical Information Sharing, Business Development, and more.
APRM information/registration

OKINAWA-Japan's Southwest Island- (iPhone 6 Film) from TakuyaTakeuche on Vimeo.


22-24 May
NA Regional Meeting - San Diego, CA, USA
Technical sessions include: The Future Ready Firm, 2016 A&A Update, Incorporating S Corp Research Into Your Valuation Analysis, IT Budgeting, Strategy & Planning, and more. 
NARM information/registration

WELCOME HOME SAN DIEGO from Michael Shainblum on Vimeo.


9-11 June
EU Regional Meeting - Munich, Germany
Technical sessions include: BEPs, Tax Session, Entrepreneur Reports, Business Development, and more. 
EURM information/registration

MUNICH IN MOTION from Greg Kiss on Vimeo.


14-15 July
CSA Regional Technical Seminar - Panama City, Panama
More information

Panama City from Robert Staley on Vimeo.


18-20 September
2016 World Congress - Dublin, Ireland
You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet with your AGN colleagues from across the globe at this highly rated event. This year we are meeting at the Interncontinental Dublin; more information coming this summer.
Registration opens this summer

 


21-22 September
WAA Regional Meeting (tentatively scheduled) - Dublin, Ireland
Information will be sent to members when plans are finalised. 
Also, a web event may occur in May, more information will be sent to members at the appropriate time.


30 September
EU IFRS Seminar - Berlin, Germany
See the schedule
More information coming this summer

BERLIN from George Cotterhill on Vimeo.


13-15 October
CSA Regional Meeting - Buenos Aires, Argentina
More information will be announced this summer

Buenos Aires from Nicco Storey on Vimeo.


23-25 October
NA Tax & SaLT Conference - Las Vegas, NV, USA
NA Board of Directors meeting concurrently
More information coming this summer

Impressions of Las Vegas from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.

 

NEW DEVELOPMENTS
   
EGIAN

AGN REPRESENTED ON EGIAN
Carsten Ernst
of member firm Wirtschaftstreuhand has volunteered to represent AGN on the EGIAN (The European Group of International Accounting Networks and Associations) with their newly established Strategic Working Group to support the future direction of this European Organization. 

Read the article for more information



  Schaffer & Partner    AGN MEMBER EXTENDS ITS GLOBAL REACH
Schaffer & Partner announces they have a new division in their offices, the Turkish Desk, in addition to the existing Asian and Russian Desks. The head of Turkish Desk will be Mr. Alper Özmert, who is a native Turkish speaker. Opening of the Turkish Desk is a very important step for the firm. Along with the new Desk, they will extend ties to the world and primarily to Turkey. 

Read the article for more information


 
 
  Double Taxation    DOUBLE TAXATION AGREEMENTS
To avoid double taxation and promote exchanges, attract foreign investment and prevent tax evasion, many countries have signed an agreement with respect to taxes on income and wealth. This applies to residents of one or both of the Contracting States. 

Read the full article to learn more

 
 
  Business Development Opportunities    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
AGN's proactive approach of providing members with more value and support opportunities is showing tangible results. The AGN team and the International Business Development Committee have been addressing several actions that members may already access via the website. Use the tools on the site and keep connected. (Route: My AGN / scroll down to AGN Business Development) 

Additionally, major projects are being addressed and information will be shared with members in due course. We will keep you informed about exciting global strategies designed to support your practices!


BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN
Members have received bulletins on new opportunities in different industries / countries that may be relevant to clients. To date, business opportunities in China, India, Isle of Man, UK, Brazil, and Cuba have been sent to members. Find them on the website and share with your clients under your own branding. (Route: My AGN / Latest Updates)

AGN needs your feedback on the information shared in these bulletins. Kindly let us know if you are sharing this information your clients, and if you have received any comments from them. Contact Mireia Rovira today.


 
STAFF EXCHANGE
         
Staff Exchange

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) 

More information is available on the website; login at www.agn.org then scroll to the bottom of the Members-Only homepage.

AGN'S SOCIAL MEDIA
         
'Like' AGN's Social Media



LOOKING FOR MEMBER NEWS? FIND IT ON AGN'S SOCIAL MEDIA!

AGN has created a new AGN International company page on LinkedIn and it already has over 9000 followers!  Recent updates are shared along with items of interest to the industry. Follow AGN today!

Use AGN's Twitter page to follow news from/about member firms. Member News was moved from the Worldwide Update (which is published quarterly) so that these news items are published 3 or more times per week, ensuring that the information is very timely. Do follow AGN on Twitter!



NEWS FROM THE AGN TEAM
AGN Team Together in the UK
AGN Team Meets in UK
The AGN global team participated in a week-long team building / training / strategizing  session February 1 - 4 at the Forest Lodge Hotel in Lyndhurst, UK, two hours south of London. Malcolm Ward, CEO, facilitated the sessions to gauge where the team stands relative to expertise and meeting challenges of the future. He is very excited to see our team is even better equipped to deliver valuable initiatives and developments to our members.

See the full article


  AGN's Newest Team Member
 









Meet the Newest Team Member
Anna Mazur has been hired part-time in the European Region to provide administrative support and assist Marljin Lawson. She grew up in the south of Poland and enrolled in the Fashion Design course in 2004. She moved to London in 2006 and became fascinated with linguistics; ten years later she is still in London. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics, has experience teaching in Asia, and has the Executive PA Diploma. 

Email Anna
 with your greeting and welcome her to the AGN family!

 

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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