Written by the AIMS International Marketing team

AIMS Internationals President Bernardo Entschev was invited as moderator for a panel, with 138 delegates from 78 independent accounting and law firms in 38 countries in attendance in Madrid for the 2019 Worldwide Conference of Alliott Group, the firm’s international alliance.

During 2019, Alliott Group has enjoyed record membership growth, with 21 new firms joining in 16 countries. This surge in membership was reflected in the high turnout for the conference (23-26 October) which also marked the alliance’s 40th anniversary.

The alliance’s growth strategy was outlined by new COO Giles Brake who is targeting the expansion of the group’s membership to 100 countries within three years to ensure Alliott Group member firms can offer a truly global solution to clients involved in or considering international business activity.

This type of conference ensures that professionals from Alliott Group and partners can form trusted personal relationships with senior advisors at like-minded professional firms across the world who will handle our clients’ business with maximum care and efficiency and who have expert knowledge of their local jurisdiction’s tax, government and legal systems.

AIMS Internationals President Bernardo Entschev moderated the panel with the topic: “How to Recruit and retain the Lawyers and Consultants of tomorrow”, which sparked a good dialogue and insights among the both the panel and the delegates. Practical ideas were shared on how to build a high-performing leadership culture at the firm and why professional firms must invest in their brand to safeguard their future success. 

Involvement in the conference also immersed professionals from AIMS International in global practice groups focused on sharing knowledge and developing joint capability and new opportunities in areas including M&A, International Tax, Real Estate, Audit, International Private Wealth, Global Mobility, Business Law and VAT/Indirect Tax. 

Other conference highlights included Declan Curry, the former business presenter on BBC One’s Breakfast TV, leading a panel discussion that explored business, economic and political issues such as Brexit, the impact of the China/US trade war on supply chains, slowed growth in Europe and China, and recessionary fears in the US and Hong Kong. The conclusions of the panel were that we live in a time of uncertainty, growing protectionism and regulations sometimes getting in the way of business.

Local experts Luis Alvarez from Spain’s Ministry for the Economy & Business and Maria Jesus Fernandez, Executive Director at ICEX-Invest in Spain, explained that Spain is very much open for business. The country has a competitive corporate tax rate of 25%, GDP growth of 2.1% (projected), a thriving international M&A market with deals valued at over €107,400 million in 2018, and Foreign Direct Investment flows at record highs of €55,300 million (2018). The energy sector, particularly renewables, was highlighted as a particularly attractive opportunity for foreign investors.

The firm now looks forward to Alliott Group’s 2020 Worldwide Conference in Tokyo.

AIMS International is a proud partner to Alliott Group and we work together to deliver high level expertise consultancy to our clients forming long standing relationships around the globe.

About Alliott Group

Founded in 1979, and with some 150 member firms in 65 countries, Alliott Group (www.alliottgroup.net) is an award winning international alliance of independent accounting and law firms that need access to a larger resource base on an international basis 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.

Written by the AIMS International Marketing team