Representatives from Sherrards Solicitors were among 100 senior professional advisors from 27 countries in Berlin last month for the EMEA Regional Conference of Alliott Group, one of the world’s leading international associations of accounting and law firms. Sherrards Solicitors is the association’s accounting/law firm member in London and The South East.
The exclusive, invitation-only event, held from 10-13 May 2017, connected accountants and lawyers from 54 independent firms around the world to exchange views on the latest developments in the international trading environment and to learn how to improve services to clients operating across geographic borders.
Speakers from business, government and professional consultancies shared insights into trends impacting the world of business, what clients expect from their professional advisors and the current and future opportunities offered by Germany and other countries in the EMEA region and beyond.
“Sherrards Solicitors has a growing number of clients who are involved in cross border business. Our attendance at this conference benefits both these clients and those who are considering entering new geographic markets, by strengthening our relationships with professional experts across the world,” comments Paul Marmor, Head of International Services.
“The relationships we have built and the knowledge we have gained at the conference enable Sherrards Solicitors to advise our clients on how changes to the economic and political environment will affect their business, how they can adapt and where in the world growth opportunities can be found. The conference also gave us the opportunity to learn more about Berlin’s vibrant start up sector which is attracting a huge amount of venture capital.”
“We had a great team attending this year’s EMEA Conference which included our head of corporate Jean Paul Da-Costa, Andrew Cooke who specializes in Fintech and Alasdair McMillin a real estate partner and managing partner together with myself in my capacity of Head of Litigation and International Services. Others focussing on European work include Geraldine Fabre who is French with a practice focussing on French speaking countries. Nicole Marmor, head of Private Client, is a fluent German Speaker who studied at Marburg University. Marta Grieve head of our Russian Department, also has a number of German & French clients and from all over the CIS Region and Russia.
Keynote speakers at the event included David Weissert, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Berlin City Government, who played an active part in successfully restructuring Berlin’s economy after German reunification. Weissert provided insights into Berlin’s past, present and future, the potential consequences of the upcoming German elections in September and of Britain’s exit from the EU, and into Germany which remains the European Union’s largest consumer market with a population of 80.9 million and GDP of US$49,055 per capita.
Other speakers included foreign exchange expert Chris Towner of HiFX who explained how businesses with foreign exchange risk can protect themselves from adverse market moves.
Sherrards Solicitors also attended the ‘New Markets 2017: TECH/DIGITAL’ conference hosted by Alliott Group and Connect which explained the different strategies used by innovative start-ups to identify and take advantage of opportunities in Germany and internationally to scale up their businesses and attract venture capital. Keynote speaker Nikita Fahrenholz, a co-founder of two hugely successful disruptive businesses including Book a Tiger and Delivery Hero, shared his approach to disrupting and digitizing different sectors by creating software driven platforms that are more attuned to the fast-changing needs of customers and explained how and why they can be introduced quickly to the market.
Andrew Cooke “speaking as a Fintech lawyer it was amazing to see how many similarities there are in terms of the challenges faced by start-ups in the world of tech.”
Attendees from Sherrards Solicitors also received cultural awareness training from Alliott Group commercial partner Farnham Castle Intercultural Training, further enabling the firm to support clients in developing a global mindset, communicating more effectively and building rapport faster when working across borders.
James Hickey, Alliott Group’s CEO comments: “This year’s EMEA Regional Conference was our largest to date due to the growth of the association within the region and huge interest from member firms and their clients from outside the region. The large core of EMEA participants was supplemented by the attendance of members from countries including the U.S., Australia, Argentina and Uruguay. Our member firms continue to leverage their Alliott Group membership to differentiate themselves as local providers of cross border services and to develop business for their clients that will accelerate the firm’s growth and enrich the careers of their professional people.”
About Alliott Group
Founded in 1979, and with some 170 member firms in 70 countries, Alliott Group (www.alliottgroup.net) is an award winning* international alliance of independent accounting and law firms that need deeper level of cross border resources to develop reputation, visibility and new business. Alliott Group provides services to help its member firms position themselves as the ‘go to’ firms in their local markets for businesses and private individuals with multi-market business interests.
For more information
To find out more about how Sherrards Solicitors can provide professional advisory support to clients doing business in different markets around the world, please contact Paul Marmor or visit our website www.sherrards.com
*Alliott Group is the International Accounting Bulletin/The Accountant 2016 Rising Star Association of the Year.