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May 2021

The calm before the storm?


AGN Global Business Voice:
In this edition of the AGN Global Business Voice, the survey reveals the headline levels of M&A activity within our pandemic hit economies across the globe. Some of us have read reports that activity is up in some regions, other reports suggest there are some “bargain” businesses available for cash-rich buyers. Well, we have once again called on our global panel of business advisory accountants, spread around the world, to give us a very high-level global picture based on their opinion about what’s actually happening “on the ground”. 

The most striking thing about this research into M&A trends during the pandemic is the sense of an underlying and latent crisis. On the one hand, most economies are suffering the worst situation they’ve seen since the second world war, but on the other, we have only modest increases in distressed sales and business sales values remain steady. What is going on?

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March 2021

Member Survey: The Impact and Recovery of Covid-19


The AGN Covid Business Recovery Index is a survey based on our member's opinions about how Covid-19 has impacted their country's economy and how fast it might recover. Each month four key data points will be published to indicate the current levels of business sentiment amongst our members. These will relate to ‘Business Confidence’ over the last 30 days and the coming 30 days, and ‘Recovery Expectation’ - Members views on how quickly things will revert to pre-covid levels of business activity.

In this edition, business confidence gets a boost as vaccines deployment gathers pace. The data shows a significant increase with the highest levels since June 2020. Is the return to normality getting closer in range?

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March 2020

Press Release: Saudi Arabian Firm Joins AGN Membership




AGN International – one of the world’s leading associations of independent certified public accounting and consulting firms, announces that Al Sudais CPAs has joined its membership in the EMEA region. The firm, established in 2016, is located in Khobar, Riyadh, and Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provides local and international clients with assurance, tax and consulting services, specialising in several business industries and sectors.

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March 2021

AGN welcomes Debbi Warden to the North America team!


 


We are excited to announce that Debbi C. Warden, CPA, CGMA, MBA, has joined AGN North America as the Director of Member Services.

Debbi has more than 30 years of accounting, business and management experience. Most recently, she served as a Partner in RubinBrown's Entrepreneurial Services Group. Before joining RubinBrown in 2016, Debbi founded the Denver-based firm, The Business Manager, LLC.

 
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February 2021
Press Release: Indian Firm Joins AGN Membership


 


RVKS and Associates, established in 1999, provides a complete range of corporate solutions in audit, tax and accounting services. Their client base varies from small privately held corporations to large publicly held multinational organisations, covering India's South and West. The firm's head office is in Chennai with five branches across India; Bengaluru, Devanahalli, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Vijayawada.

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January 2021

Member Survey: The Impact and Recovery of Covid-19


The AGN Covid Business Recovery Index is a survey based on our member's opinions about how Covid-19 has impacted their country's economy and how fast it might recover. Each month four key data points will be published to indicate the current levels of business sentiment amongst our members. These will relate to ‘Business Confidence’ over the last 30 days and the coming 30 days, and ‘Recovery Expectation’ - Members views on how quickly things will revert to pre-covid levels of business activity.

Business confidence has plummeted from +11% to -16% in just two months – now below the levels seen in October 2020! However, the view for the month ahead remains largely positive, and there has been only a small decrease in AGN members who envisage an improvement in business performance in the next
90 days. But strikingly, far fewer members (almost half of last times result) are expecting economies to return to pre-covid levels within 12 months.

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January 2021

Hong Kong vs. Singapore: Which is Best for Business?

 


AGN International member firm Fiducia Management Consultants in Hong Kong, has produced a whitepaper to help answer the question; Which is best for business; Hong Kong or Singapore? 2020 was a test of adaptability for international companies and their Asian operations. Thrown out of gear by the covid pandemic and political tensions – both global and local – many are having to rethink aspects of their Asia setup that they previously took for granted. Not just how they do business but also where?

Find out why there is no clear winner in this regional rivalry.

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January 2021

Is the UK Still an Attractive Gateway to Europe?


Impacts of the Post EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“TCA”).

Since 11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020, it would seem that everything has changed and nothing has changed. Is the UK a more or less attractive place to do business? Take the long-term stalwart of the UK, the US and the 'special relationship'…

In the US the TCA struck on Christmas Eve was broadly welcomed. It removed a major potential source of friction between Boris Johnson's government and the incoming Biden administration. But has Brexit reduced the value of the UK's relationship with the US as it is no longer in the corridors of power in Brussels, influencing EU decisions? And is Britain still the ideal access point for businesses seeking a platform from which to launch their European ventures?

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January 2021

James Moore's Tax Director has been named a recipient of the Horizon Award!


 


Every year, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) recognizes a handful of young Florida CPAs who are at the forefront of our profession. Congratulations to Carrie Boynton - Tax Director at James Moore & Co., who has been named a recipient of the FICPA Horizon Award! What a great achievement, and a great asset to AGN member firm, James Moore.

 
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December 2020

AGN Member Firm James Moore Gains Recognition for the Second Straight Year!


 


Forbes magazine names James Moore among America's top recommended tax and accounting firms for the second year running. This year's list included 278 companies, which accounts for less than one per cent of the firms in the country. 

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