Monthly Archives: March 2016

Ciuni & Panichi, Inc. Announces Firm Promotions

Ciuni & Panichi

Anthony J. Constantine, CPA, has been promoted to partner in the Tax Department of Ciuni & Panichi, Inc. announced Brian Marita, CPA, managing partner of the regional accounting and consulting firm. Constantine has been with the firm for the past five years and is also a practice leader in the Construction and Real Estate Services Group.

Marita said, “I am very pleased to announce Tony’s promotion to partner and, on behalf of the firm’s partners and management team, we are excited to welcome him to his new role.”

In his new role, Constantine will continue to work with contractors and commercial and residential developers consulting on acquisitions, taxation issues and general business matters. He also specializes in providing a wide range of tax and financial business services for professional service firms.

Constantine received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.

Marita also announced the promotion of Frank A. Eich, CPA, MBA, to senior manager of the firm’s Audit and Accounting Services Group. Eich performs audits, reviews and compilations for a diverse group of clients including food manufacturers, school districts, municipalities, and governmental agencies.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a master’s degree of business administration from John Carroll University.

 

About Ciuni & Panichi

Ciuni & Panichi, Inc., a C&P Advisors company, complements traditional accounting, auditing, and tax services with a broad range of management advisory services, including assistance with obtaining financing, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, financial forecasts and projections, succession planning, and litigation support. C&P Advisors, LLC is also comprised of C&P Wealth Management LLC., a financial planning and investment advisory firm. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp., Member FINRA/SIPC. For more information about C&P Advisors visit cp-advisors.com.

 

Frank A. Eich, CPA, MBA

GGI member firm

Ciuni & Panichi, Inc.

Advisory, Auditing & Accounting, Tax

Beachwood, OH, USA

Anthony J. Constantine

E: tconstantine@cp-advisors.com

Frank A. Eich

E: feich@cp-advisors.com

W: http://cp-advisors.com/

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Organizational change in MBMG Group’s Corporate Advisory team

MBMG Group

Tech start-up expert David Shelters is to change roles. As of 1st February, David became an external consultant for MBMG Group’s Corporate Advisory team.
Following the hugely successful launch of his second book Bootstrapping Strategies for Tech Start-ups”  and the recent publication of his Thailand Startup Funding Report 2012-2015 (thaistartup.net), David has been inundated with speaking engagements, presentations and greater urgency to complete the final book in his trilogy which are placing ever increasing demands on his time.
While David remains committed to supporting businesses in a practical way and helping them benefit from his wealth of experience, he is also hugely enthusiastic about the ways his authorship and thought leadership in the areas of tech entrepreneurship, crowd funding and the development of start-up ecosystems can change the business environment for the better.
Consequently, David spends his time split between further research and writing, spreading the messages of his first two books, completing the trilogy and continuing to support MBMG Group’s various activities and adventures across the world in corporate finance and advisory as an external consultant; especially on projects related to his specialist fields.

GGI member firm

MBMG Group

Advisory, Auditing & Accounting, Corporate Finance, Law Firm, Tax

Bangkok, Thailand

David Shelters

E: dmshelters@yahoo.com

W: http://www.mbmg-group.com

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Prager Metis CPAs, LLC Welcomes Martin Greenberg as New Partner

Martin Greenberg

GGI member firm Prager Metis CPAs, LLC welcomes Martin Greenberg, CPA as its newest partner. Greenberg joins Prager Metis as a Partner in the Audit & Accounting, Advisory and Tax departments. He will also serve as the COO and Managing Partner of the Westchester Office.

“We’re very excited to have Martin join the firm,” says Glenn Friedman, Co-Managing Partner of Prager Metis. “We continually strive to bring in experienced people with complimentary skills and Martin is a perfect fit. Martin has a strong reputation for leadership and excellent client service. We are confident that he will help grow the Westchester office and the firm as a whole.”

Mr. Greenberg was the former Managing Partner of a top 100 accounting firm. He has over 35 years of experience providing auditing, accounting, and tax services to a diversified client base, including the real estate industry, beverage industry, importers and distributors, manufacturers, and the ad specialty industry. Mr. Greenberg also has a strong tax background and specializes in tax planning for closely-held businesses and high-net-worth individuals. In addition, Mr. Greenberg provides advisory and consulting services including mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning.

“Prager Metis has a level of expertise, a growing reputation, and a global presence that is unique for an accounting firm of its size,” says Greenberg. “Their strategy to grow the firm and expand the Westchester office, fit so well with my background and areas of expertise that I feel Prager Metis is a perfect fit for me. Accordingly I am truly very excited to join the Prager Metis team.”

 

GGI member firm

Prager Metis CPAs, LLC

Auditing & Accounting, Tax, Advisory, Corporate Finance, Fiduciary & Estate Planning

New York, NY, Basking Ridge, NJ, Long Island, NY, Los Angeles, CA, White Plains, NY, USA

Martin Greenberg

E: mgreenberg@pragermetis.com

W: http://www.pragermetis.com

 

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Mowery & Schoenfeld Announces Merger with Gary Hart & Associates

Mowery & Schoenfeld Merger

The firm’s fifth merger since 2009

Lincolnshire, IL — January 28, 2016 – As it proudly begins its 20th year, Lincolnshire, Illinois based certified public accounting (CPA) firm, Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC, announces a merger with fellow Illinois CPA firm, Gary Hart & Associates, Ltd. This merger was effective Jan. 1, 2016 and the combined CPA firm will continue operations as Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC.

This is Mowery & Schoenfeld’s fifth in a series of mergers successfully executed over the last seven years; the firm has grown from three professionals to almost sixty since its origination in November 1996.

“Gary Hart has built a unique practice assisting individuals with their income tax and estate planning needs, as well as serving closely-held businesses, especially those in the real estate area. We are excited to welcome Gary and his clients into our firm,” said Jeff Mowery, managing partner of Mowery & Schoenfeld. “This merger will allow us to expand our knowledge base and offer more specialized services to our clients.”

Gary Hart & Associates was a highly sought-after practice and received many offers in its search for the perfect partner. Mowery & Schoenfeld is honored to be the partner Gary chose to trust with his wonderful client relationships.

Gary, the principal shareholder of Gary Hart & Associates, Ltd., cited the excellent talent pool at Mowery & Schoenfeld as one of the most attractive features of the firm, stating: “I was really attracted to the Firm’s commitment to client service and development of young talent, which will serve our clients well now and into the future. Those areas and the overall culture of the firm made them the ideal merger partner.”

For the fifth year in a row, Mowery & Schoenfeld is the proud recipient of the “Best Accounting Firms to Work For” award from Accounting Today and was recently named one of the “2015 Best Places to Work for Millennials” by the Center for Generational Kinetics. These awards are a true testament to the employees, the leadership and the incredible clients the firm works with on a daily basis.

Mowery & Schoenfeld is a proactive CPA firm that works with private businesses and individuals in providing attestation, tax, business advisory, and wealth management services.

Gary Hart & Associates. Ltd., formerly based in Northbrook, IL, moved to the Mowery & Schoenfeld offices in Lincolnshire on January 25, 2016.

 

GGI member firm

Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC

Auditing & Accounting, Tax

Lincolnshire, IL

Jeffery Mowery

E: JMowery@msllc.com

W: http://www.msllc.com/

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Second edition of the Dom3 Prize International Architecture Awards for the design of world class housing developments in Marbella, Spain

Architectural Excellence Marbella

By Santiago Lapausa

DOM3, the association of businesses for high quality housing which preserves and promotes the business of design, development and construction of high quality housing in Marbella and the surrounding local area, is pleased to announce the second edition of the DOM3 PRIZE Architecture Awards for the design of world class housing developments.

The aim of the competition is to develop three plots in the “Icon Urbanisation”, an architectural complex of detached villas and apartments in the privileged location of “Santa Clara de Marbella Urbanisation”, which has an area of nearly 60,000 square metres.

Architects from around the world may participate on an individual basis or as a part of a multidisciplinary team. It is not necessary to be licensed as an architect in Spain to participate in the contest.

The prizes shall consist of:

  1. A first prize of EUR 40,000 awarded to the winning architect.
  2. A second prize of EUR 20,000.
  3. A third prize of EUR 10,000.
  4. The developer and owner of the plots reserves the right to execute all or part of the winning project or of any other project presented, also reserving the right to commission another architect for the corresponding basic projects, detailed studies, plus implementation projects and management of the works in progress.

The contestant will be recognised as the author of his/her work or design, retaining his/her intellectual rights. However, by accepting these rules, the participant exclusively transfers all rights to the developer to exploit his/her draft in any form and the rights of transformation and any patent or other intellectual rights to such work. Also, the contestant transfers the right to reproductions (either total or partial), distribution and public communication, to the developer and DOM3.

The deadline to deliver the projects is 16 May 2016. The judging panel will publish their final decision on the 3 June 2016, while the official awards ceremony and publication of the winners will take place on Friday 17 June.

This award, aimed at architects and architectural firms worldwide, held its first edition in June 2014. The winners, a team formed by architects Simón Francés Martínez and Judith Sastre de Arce, from Francés + Sastre Studio Architects (Madrid, Spain), designed a futuristic villa in the prestigious private urbanisation area of “La Zagaleta” with their project “Beldevere” for which they were awarded a prize of EUR 40,000. Blacam and Meagher Architects (Dublín, Ireland) placed second with their project “Casa de los Naranjos”, while PR Architecture (London, UK) came in third with their project “The Mountain Top House”.

The award is a great opportunity for clients and friends of GGI members who may wish to participate, not only because of the prize amounts, but also for the national and international prestige and recognition as well as the opportunity to increase their profile in a top world residential area, where the mountainside is lined with palm-fringed avenues with beautiful villas, exclusive village-style townhouse complexes, luxurious apartments and country club environments, or alternatively on the millionaire’s row of beach fronting mansions and exquisite penthouses with panoramic views over the Mediterranean.

 

Registration:

To register, simply fill in the registration form at the website www.dom3.es or email secretaria@dome3.es. Registration is free.

All administrative correspondence concerning the award will be provided to participants in digital format. Just contact the Secretariat of the competition at secretaria@dome3.es

For full details, go to www.dome3.es/en/dom3-prize. GGI member firm JC&A Abogados is a member of DOM3.

 

GGI member firm

Javier Carretero y Asociados – Abogados

Law Firm, Tax

Marbella, Spain

Santiago Lapausa

E: s.lapausa@jca-abogados.com

W: http://www.jca-abogados.com

 

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Hans & Associés wins gold

Hans & Associes

On the 3rd January 2016, Hans & Associés, a French GGI member with over 20 accounting offices in the east of France, was recognised at the French Marketing and Communication (MarCom) Awards for Accountancy Professionals on account of various different events and initiatives to celebrate its 30th birthday.

The group organised several events for staff and customers throughout the last year, its 30th year, with the help of its communications subsidiary Wooz’Up:

–     A video recounting the history of the group using motion design

–     A book describing the careers of 30 distinguished entrepreneurs

–     Customer events organised by most of the offices

–     An event to bring together all of the staff

–     Goodies (pens, glass cloth, USB keys)

Hans & Associés is extremely honoured to announce it was awarded the Gold Award in the Corporate Event category at the annual Marketing and Communication Awards for Accountancy Professionals.

The award was presented to René Hans, President of the Group in addition to Stéphanie Grotzinger and Roxane Weiss, founders of communications subsidiary Wooz’Up, during a ceremony at the headquarters of leading French business newspapers Les Echos in Paris.

 

GGI member firm

Hans & Associés

Belfort, Bollwiller, Colmar, Exincourt, Guebwiller, Kientzheim, Molsheim, Mulhouse, Rambouillet, Sausheim, Strasbourg – Schiltigheim, Strasbourg Alsec, Sélestat, France

Advisory, Auditing & Accounting, Corporate Finance, Fiduciary & Estate Planning, Tax

René Hans

E: r.hans@hans-associes.fr

W: http://www.hans-associes.fr/home-en.html

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TK Challenge: from Leyden to New York!

TK Challenge

Our biggest achievements come from our biggest challenges”

One fine day in 1620 the pilgrim fathers, who resided in the beautiful Dutch city of Leyden, decided to head for the New World, where they started the great nation that later became the United States of America.

One fine day in 2015, three young ambitious lawyers at TK Law Firm in Leyden decided to launch a project with a view to eventually leading a number of runners to the greatest running event in the world, which takes place on the other side of the Atlantic at the very heart of the New World: the New York Marathon. Along the way, everyone in TK’s network is challenged to choose their own running challenge. For some, that is running 5 kilometres, while for others it is a marathon. This does not just generate a great deal of enthusiasm within TK, but also among its clients and partners. Hundreds of runners have decided to join the project now known as the TK Challenge.

The TK Challenge community is spreading far and wide among TK staff and colleagues from clients and partners. Now, it is ready to for the world stage, made possible through the GGI network. This way, we can make the TK Challenge community a global one.

But this is more than just a business running challenge aimed at fostering a sense of community, enhancing the vitality and spirits among employees of the organisations involved.

We all hope to live long and prosperous lives. Running helps us to fulfil this wish. But what if – in the words of “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, Frank Sinatra himself – you face the final curtain and medical treatment is powerless to help? How do we make those final months or weeks of life worth living? Across Europe, including in The Netherlands, hospices are established to serve exactly this need: they offer a safe and comfortable place, with the right people on hand to help where they can. However, health insurance does not cover all of the costs. As a result, the hospices rely on volunteers and charity.

Here’s where the TK Challenge comes in. In all its vitality, the TK Challenge aims to collect EUR 142,195 for a local hospice, setting an example for the country and all of Europe. And yes, the amount is the distance of a marathon in metres plus 100,000.

TK is a long standing member of the multidisciplinary GGI alliance, and it is only logical that we involve other GGI members in this event, which in view of its goal to bring as many runners as possible to the New York Marathon on Sunday 6 November 2016, has a truly international character. For this reason, it is only right that GGI is represented there. As a member of GGI, we would like to invite you to participate, whether you are a keen marathon runner, or simply share in the TK Challenge’s goal to improve hospice care, both locally and globally. A GGI event is planned in New York City for Friday 4 November 2016, where all members and clients, runners or not, are more than welcome.

Would you like to take part as a marathon runner? If so, please contact the TK Challenge team at TK Law Firm by calling +3171 5358050 or emailing info@tkchallenge.nl.

Would you like to help make GGI part of the TK Challenge’s success? If so, simply donate what you can spare by making a transfer to the TK Challenge Foundation’s bank account: IBAN: NL88RABO 0306770865; name: Stichting TK Challenge. We will ensure that all donations, whether in euro, dollar, yen, zloty, ruble, lira, shekel or otherwise, reach their intended destination.

 

GGI member firm

TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

Law Firm

Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Leiden, The Netherlands

Lizette Jaques

E: jaques@tk.nl

Kees van Oosten

E: vanoosten@tk.nl

Johan F. Langelaar

E: langelaar@tk.nl

W: http://www.tk.nl

 

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Michael Reiss von Filski elected Chairman of AILFN’s Board of Directors

AILFN Board

Michael Reiss von Filski, Global CEO of GGI, was elected Chairman of AILFN’s Board of Directors at their recent London meeting. The board additionally elected Stephen McGarry to the position of AILFN President. Steve founded and previously served as President of Lex Mundi and World Services Group (WSG), the world’s two largest law firm networks. The Board of Directors also elected Adam Cooke, Executive Director of Multilaw, to the position of Chair; Tim Wilson, Chief Executive of MSI Global Alliance, to the position of Treasurer; Lindsay Griffiths, Director of Global Relationship Management at International Lawyers Network to the position of Secretary; and Wendy Horn, Executive Director of The International Alliance of Law Firms, was elected to the board.

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GGI: founding member of AILFN

AILFN

AILFN (the Association of International Law Firm Networks) is a new organisation that represents the common interests of global and regional law firm networks. AILFN has four purposes: (1) enhance the position and recognition of all networks in the legal market; (2) establish common principles to maintain standard of quality; (3) provide a forum for networks to exchange information; and (4) negotiate agreements with vendors that can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of networks.

AILFN was launched in October 2015, ahead of the IBA International Bar Association congress in Vienna.

Stephen McGarry, founder of Lex Mundi, World Service Group WSG and www.hg.org, has established the new voice of the profession, together with some of the world’s leading law firm networks.

Today, the media is fixated on three models for global legal businesses: big law firms, Swiss Vereins and the Big Four. Structurally, each of these models is inherently ineffective and inefficient for global legal practice. The most efficient and effective model is a law firm network composed of independent firms. Unfortunately, these are not yet recognised as the best strategic option in the global market, undermining both their credibility among their members and their value to clients.

This is because of a lack of awareness of the following:

  • Stand-alone firms can provide the most cost-effective service as each is managed independently within its respective market.
  • The 60 largest law firm networks have been established for average time of 20 years. This provides an extraordinarily stable group of firms who have strong relationships with each other.
  • Network members have global and local coverage while the other models are limited to large cities. Members of the largest 50 networks employ almost 300,000 lawyers within 7,000 independent law firms.
  • The networks are the only organisations to cover virtually all the world’s commercial centres. The largest networks have members with more than 600 offices. Only a handful of law firms have more than 50 offices.
  • Regional networks provide in depth resources in their respective national and local markets.

The issue is that no individual network can change the perception that law firm networks are an unimportant part of the global legal sector. This is because more than 95% of network’s activities are focused internally on members building relationships to benefit clients, as opposed to law firms and the Big Four where 95% of marketing is focused on external brand recognition.

The AILFN can change this misconception by focusing on marketing the general benefits of networks to the legal profession as well as to potential clients seeking the most cost-effective and efficient representation.

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GGI NZ Business Summit, Auckland, New Zealand, 10-12 March 2016

GGI NZ Business SUmmit

On Thursday the 10th March, we welcomed GGI members to Auckland, New Zealand for the 2016 GGI NZ Business Summit.

The Australian and New Zealand GGI member firms have been connecting annually to strengthen the connections in this closely aligned region. This Business Summit was an opportunity to come together again and explore further how to assist one another’s firms and also to extend the invitation to the wider GGI neighbourhood.

In traditional GGI style, the conference teed off with a round of golf. The Muriwai golf course is situated on the rugged west coast of Auckland and has magnificent coastal views over the black sand beach. Those who were not interested in golf visited the Muriwai gannet colony where they were able to view from above, the last 300 or so nesting birds with their adolescents, before they also departed for their long flight to Australia. The west coast was at its best, in full sun with a prevailing westerly sea breeze keeping the temperature pleasant.

In the evening, an extended group of GGI member firms and their staff and companions enjoyed a cocktail function in the Bellini Bar of the Hilton Hotel. The hotel is located on a wharf jutting out over the Auckland harbour affording the Bellini Bar views of the working harbour with ferries, water taxis and cruise ships coming and going all evening. Matt Donaldson (Walker Davey) opened the event and thanked the guests for travelling to this corner of the world and investing time and goodwill into these important relationships. The evening ended with an unplanned dinner at Wildfire Restaurant for those who had the energy and the appetites to keep going.

Friday morning dawned with threatening rain clouds chasing the ferry all the way to Waiheke Island. The rain caught up just as the group were disembarking from the bus at Cable Bay Vineyards. The business sessions at the vineyard were opened by Mike Bowden (BVO) and began with Peter Kaeser (GGI) who needed no introduction. Peter brought the 30 members up to date on the Geneva Capital Group. Mr Phil Ahern (Morrison Kent) then facilitated a group discussion with the aim of arriving at agreed business development objectives and actions. Finally, the guest speaker, Mr Dylan Lawrence, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), spoke on the current state of the trade relationship between Australia and New Zealand and the role NZTE plays in assisting this market place.

With the business done, the group and their companions were given a guided sampling of the Cable Bay wines in the tasting room overlooking the vats. During the morning the clouds lifted and the Cable Bay dining room once again had sea views across the harbour to Auckland city in the distance. Lunch was followed by a bus tour of Waiheke Island with vistas around every corner. The unfortunate guide valiantly battled to share his knowledge of the area but was drowned out by the general chatter of the group as they shared ideas and experiences.

The closing event of the conference took the group up the Sky Tower, the tallest building in Auckland, to The Sugar Club restaurant. Here, while dining at one of Auckland’s signature restaurants and watching the sun set over the city and the Waitakere Ranges, the group reflected on the day and the learnings and contemplated future opportunities.

The GGI NZ Business Summit broadened the understanding of the depth of expertise available within the GGI alliance and honed the thinking on how to build trust for mutual benefit. There was an excellent spirit and it is the hope of the delegates that future Australasian conferences will be honoured by attendance from more of their neighbours so the warmth and hospitality can be extended further.

 

GGI member firm

Morrison Kent

Law Firm

Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand

Rachel Holland

E: rachel.holland@morrisonkent.co.nz

W: http://www.morrisonkent.com

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