IN THIS ISSUE
2nd QUARTER 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR


Welcome to the summer 2016 AGN Worldwide Update.

Goals
The AGN management team and I are focused on my goals as Chair to increase AGN membership and encourage business for and among members. 

AGN Value-added
We have been piloting a series of short webinar events to highlight some of the new AGN tools and approaches available to you as a part of your AGN membership. We started with West Asia & Africa region, and will be getting to others soon.  

Meanwhile, have you visited the AGN members' area of the website recently? It contains a lot of new and valuable content that you will be interested in:

  • see the latest in our series of Business Opportunity Bulletins; which ones are relevant to your clients? Please contact Mireia Rovira with your BoB ideas. 
  • under AGN Knowledge, check out our suite of business development tools. Have you used the "In-it-to-win-it" approach to tenders?
  • Also under AGN Knowledge, take a look at our HR Talent tools. Have you used the 9 Box model to plan and focus talent development in your firm? 
Please do let us have your comments and feedback on these initiatives, and your suggestions for the future.

Who are you working with around the world?

We are always looking to enrich our AGN membership with new independent internationally oriented firms that share our commitment to high standards and great service. If you are working with people who are not already AGN members, or know others that would benefit from and contribute to our Association, please do get in touch with your usual AGN Regional Director.   

Board
The international Board meeting in March 2016 included:
  • Receiving and approving 5 Regional reports
  • Agreeing member and business development initiatives
  • Collaborating and licencing agreements
  • Approving loan agreements for Europe and NA region
  • Agreeing audit  with be replaced with a Transparency Report 
  • Establishing Audit and Remuneration Committees
The Board will have a phone conference in August and a face to face meeting in Dublin September 2016 before the World Congress. 
  
Meetings
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of attending AGN meetings, as these meetings are the primary vehicle by which you can meet your fellow members, strengthen relationships and become aware of business opportunities. I am strongly of the view that “when we meet together, we do business together”. 

The 2016 meeting season is well underway. This started in April with the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting in Japan, and while attendance could be improved, all present, in person and by Skype engaged fully and sessions included tax and BEPS. 

Next up in May was the North American Regional Meeting in San Diego, which had an attendance of almost 100% of NA members which was a great result. A wide range of sessions were available and after the event a webinar on business development was made available to the AGN membership.

The European Regional Meeting was held in Munich in June and the attendance at it was the highest ever recorded at a European meeting. Interesting talks were presented including a session whereby two clients of an AGN member firm made presentations on what they expect from AGN. They repeated that they require:
  • Consistent contact partner
  • Quick response
  • Competitive cost
Food for thought here! 

Future Meetings
The World Congress in Dublin will be held from the 18th to 20th September 2016. Our plans are complete and registration is open. I am looking forward to meeting you all in my home town. Please put this date in your diary.

The Central & South American Regional Meeting will be held in October in Buenos Aires, the IFRS Seminar on 30th September in Berlin and the NA Tax and Salt Conference and held in tandem, the Fall NA Board & MAP Meeting, in October in Las Vegas. Attendance at AGN meetings is I believe essential to deepen and foster our trust based relationships.

Membership
New members who joined AGN this year include in India (KNM Management Advisory Services and Arora and Bansal). In Europe we have new members in Hungary (PMX). In USA we have new members, Regier Carr & Monroe, L.L.P. in Tulsa, OK, Tucson, AZ, and Wichita, KS. We are in ongoing discussions with a Canadian group to join AGN.

The Board have defined sweet spot firm criteria, priority locations and AGN Management are targeting a number of members for 2016. 

The new member pipeline is good and we are confident that AGN has a quality offering to attract new members. Please let us know if you are aware of any firm that would like to join AGN as we all have a responsibility to assist here.

Business Development
Initiatives here include Business Opportunities Bulletins (BOBs), International Business Development Committee, webinars and AGN publications. AGN’s role in business development is to provide the tools for AGN members to engage in business development.

Conclusion

I conclude this memorandum with a Japanese proverb I learned while in Japan: ‘A single arrow is easily broken but not ten in a bundle’. By working together in AGN, we can achieve great things.

Please feel free to contact me at liammcquaid@dcon.ie to discuss any AGN matters.

Yours sincerely,

Liam McQuaid, Chairman
AGN International Ltd.

GOOGLE DIRECTOR COMES TO 2016 WORLD CONGRESS
18-20 SEPTEMBER | DUBLIN, IRELAND

Learn how to use social media data received by your firm to sell professional services. AGN is very fortunate to have David Sneddon, Director of the Large Customer Sales Division at Google to teach us about using social media to increase firm revenues. Don't miss this one!


Other topics include: f
irm management issues like communication & leadership, International tax, international accounting, & large firm strategies, and more!

Most importantly, there will be an update presentation on what we have completed as an association in our effort to reorganize and rebrand ourselves, globalize both our personnel resources and our knowledge sharing bank with our new website, all the while with the goal of providing enhanced value to all our AGN members.  

"It is an absolute fact within AGN that the more interaction you have with your fellow AGN members the more valuable AGN will become for you and your firm. Trust and deep friendships develop out of the ability to communicate face to face and that is a keystone of the World Congress - it gives you that ability in a rich and meaningful way." Randy Redwitz, Redwitz, Inc. (Executive Vice-Chair / Director,  AGN International)

For every reason that you joined AGN you will not want to miss learning about the dramatic enhancements that have taken place in our association.

More information/registration/hotel reservations!





BECOME AN AGN GLOBAL OPINION LEADER
         

Malcolm Ward, CEO



Can you please spare a moment every few weeks to share your extensive business knowledge, and help AGN to help its members?
 
We are introducing an ‘AGN Global Opinion Survey’ to increase the profile and recognition of the AGN brand, and support our members in projecting valuable international credentials to their clients and markets.
 
We need your input
Will you volunteer to join a global panel of AGN opinion leaders? The commitment required would be 5 to 10 minutes of your time once every couple of months to answer 5 multiple choice questions around a given topic that might have an impact on you or your clients.

If you are willing to help and have not already registered, please register your name and contact details in this online form (which takes moments only).
 
What happens next?
You will receive a very short survey every few weeks about a contemporary global business or economic matter of relevance to typical AGN member clients . We’ll use the results in our social media and web platforms, as well as other activities promoting the AGN Brand. We will also make available the result to our AGN Global Opinion Leaders for use in your own marketing collaterals. 

The benefits
This is a great opportunity to raise your firm’s and AGN’s profile as international business experts. You will also gain knowledge about global business issues which you’ll be able to use with your own clients and marketing.
 
We are counting on you to help us bring AGN’s profile  to new levels. Thanks for your interest!
 


MEETINGS REMAINING IN 2016
AGN International

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 open is open!


 

21-22 September
WAA REGIONAL MEETING (tentatively scheduled) - DUBLIN, IRELAND

Information will be sent to members when plans are finalised. 


30 September
EU IFRS SEMINAR - BERLIN, GERMANY

Gather with other EU members for this one-day seminar to learn What's New in the IFRS World, Provisions Under IAS 37, and so much more!
Registration is open!

BERLIN from George Cotterhill on Vimeo.


13-15 October
CSA REGIONAL MEETING - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
More information!

Buenos Aires from Nicco Storey on Vimeo.


23-25 October
NA TAX & SALT CONFERENCE - LAS VEGAS, NV, USA
NA BOARD & MAP MEETING
concurrently
Tax & SaLT Registration is open!
Fall Board & MAP Registration is open!


Impressions of Las Vegas from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.

Members will want to save the dates for meetings in 2017; more dates will be announced as they are finalized:

Dates: TBA
NA REGIONAL MEETING - PITTSBURGH, PA
Information coming in January


NEW DEVELOPMENTS
   
      WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
AGN warmly welcomes four new firms to membership:

  • KNM Management Advisory Services (India). The firm provides financial services and innovative financial solutions including advisory, taaxation, compliances, accounting and payroll, risk & assurance, merger & acquisition, partner search for joint venture [read more]

  • Arora & Basal Chartered Accountants (India). Arora & Bansal Chartered Accountants (Arora & Bansal) traces its history back to 1982, and still serves serve clients from that era.  Arora & Bansal currently have 5 partners and 90 professional staffs. [read more]

  • PMX Consulting Group Hungary Tax Consulting Ltd. (Hungary). PMX, founded in 1994, is unique on the domestic market as it carries out tax consulting services as its sole activity. [read more]

  • Regier Carr & Monroe, L.L.P. (USA). RCM has offices in Tulsa, OK; Tucson, AZ; and Wichita, KS, [read more]

Do contact these new firms when you have client needs in their areas!

 
      AGN member firms have been ranked in the 8th position in Germany's leading Accounting Firms and Networks/Associations list, with a turnover of nearly €100M. The German member firms are again successful and within the 10 biggest Networks/Associations! Congratulations to the 12 AGN member firms for this achievement!



 
 



AGN EUROPE TAX SURVEYS – SPREAD THE WORD!
AGN Tax contacts from all our members in the European region have contributed to the data in the annual AGN Tax Surveys. These surveys summarize key tax data in European countries and could be useful to you and your clients. 

The Surveys are an excellent way to showcase the expertise that exists within the organization. Help us spread the word about these by:
  • Add the link to these on your website
  • Email clients about these whom you think this could be useful for
  • Print for client meetings
  • Add a  link in your email signature as follows ‘2016 AGN EUROPE Tax Surveys – find them here!’
  • Inform relevant press contacts and local institutions

View the Tax Surveys


 
 

  CSA 2016 TAX COMPARISON NOW AVAILABLE
The Tax Committee in AGN Central and South America collects relevant tax data that is published as a Tax Comparison. In general, the tax regulations are very alike from one country to the other, only income from national source is considered taxable, this means income perceived from corporations and individuals in each country, the average rate for Income Tax is 25%.  [read more]

Read full publication in English



DOING BUSINESS IN CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
The committee of Relationship with North America has launched a Doing Business guide covering 10 countries in the are. This guide offers a quick understanding of the implications of setting up a business in different locations and takes into account aspects such as types of entities, ease of opening a bank account, legal representation, taxes, double taxation treaties and much more. Have a look and share with clients willing to invest in CSA!

Read full publication in English



 
 
 
  FELIPE MONTERO APPOINTED CHAIR OF INSTITUTE OF AUTHORISED ACCOUNTANTS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 
We are proud to announce that our AGN partner in Dominican Republic has been appointed chair of the prestigious institute of accountants in Dominican Republic. During the ceremony, Mr. Montero said “we are conscious that our guild is committed with IFAC and AIC (Interamerican Association of Accountants)

With this appointment, Mr. Montero will be leading the AGN brand within the accounting profession not only in the Dominican Republic but also in the Interamerican Assoiciation of Accountants. 





MONTERO DE LOS SANTOS ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH LAW FIRM
Dominican Republic firm starts an alliance with the prestigious law firm Coiscou & Asociados, specialized on Mergers & Acquisitions.

La firma de República Dominicana ha empezado una alizana con el prestigioso despacho de abogados Coiscou & Asociados, especializados en Fusiones y Adquisiciones.

Read full article here






 
LOBBY SIGNS CONTEST
         



AGN CELEBRATES 1st ANNIVERSARY OF NEW LOGO
ENTER CONTEST TO WIN 50% OFF NEXT AGN EVENT 


It doesn't seem possible, but it has already been one year since the new AGN logo/brand was unveiled in August 2015! In years past, the AGN headquarters sent acrylic signs (with the old logo) for members to display in their office lobbies. With all the work to reorganize and rebrand AGN, it was decided to reinforce our concept of "individual" and "independent" while still being "connected" by encouraging members to use their own creativity to show their clients that they are members of a global organization that can assist with any client international needs.




Have you upgraded your lobbies with new signs? What have you done? What materials have you used? Where are you displaying the logo? Send us a photo of how your firm is using the AGN logo and you will be entered into a contest to win 50% discount to the next AGN event!

Requirements of the contest:
  • Send a photo to your AGN Regional Director before August 31
  • Make sure the logo is front and centered in the photo
  • Tell us what materials and provider you used
These photos will be displayed as a collage in a future Worldwide Update. If you haven't created a new lobby sign yet, this is an excellent opportunity to find out what other AGN firms have created! Judging will be done by AGN staff.

Regional Directors are:
Simon Chan (AP); Mireia Rovira (CSA); Marlijn Lawson (EU), Kathy Sautters (NA); Pauline Walzak (WAA)

You may remember at the 2015 World Congress in Vancouver, our host firm, Rolfe, Benson, held a cocktail reception in their office and displayed how they integrated the AGN logo with their firm logo.


 




Let the contest begin!




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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 9400 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!



REGISTRATION TO THE AGN MEMBERS-ONLY AREA

You may register partners, managers and staff to give them access to the Members-Only area of the AGN website. Contact your AGN regional office to:

1. Register you and your staff with individual usernames and passwords
2. Retrieve your username and password if you have forgotten it

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

 

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