Leadership transformation; adapting for the future
IAPA Annual International Conference, Rio de Janeiro, 23-26 October
November 2, 2016
JM Partners Corporate Finance was among more than 50 global members from 34 accounting firms attending IAPA’s International Conference held in Rio de Janeiro, 23-26 October. JM Partners Corporate Finance is a member of IAPA, a top 10 international association of independent accounting and business advisory firms with some 200 member firms in 70 locations.
Stephen Hamlet, IAPA CEO, opened the conference with an overview of all IAPA has achieved over the last 12 months, which included all the marketing initiatives that were successfully designed to help members create new business. Stephen was delighted to remind members that such a productive year, yielding a significant increase in worldwide publicity, led to IAPA being nominated as ‘Accountancy Association of the Year, Finalist’ for the 2016 International Accounting Bulletin Awards.
Jan Huygens led the member-based discussions focusing on the development of IAPA’s new strategy. These strategy discussions were extended into day 2, with a lot of stimulating talks on the future of IAPA. As collaboration talks with a major US-based association, Allinial Global (AG), continue, with the possible merger of the two associations, IAPA members voted enthusiastically (78% in favour), to persist negotiations to potentially form the 3rd largest international independent accountancy association.
Conference guest speaker, Mr Andre Freire, EXEC Managing Partner, Brazil, gave an absorbing presentation on leadership, including competencies needed for the 2020 leader and how to be prepared for what your clients/the market want. Using his own personal experiences, he finished with a fascinating insight into ‘Hiring the first line of management for the 2016 Olympics Committee.’
The usual Tax and Audit forums were postponed to allow more time for strategy discussions, however IAPA’s global experts on mergers and acquisition, chaired the Deals & Opportunities forum, allowing delegates to discuss relevant international issues and keep up to date with the latest global thinking.
This combination of technical expertise and sharing of best practice is what makes the IAPA International conferences such a success. Teamed with excursions to visit the highlights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, destination Rio 2016, has ensured IAPA’s International Conference 2016 will be a difficult one to forget.
Mr. Jan van Wijngaarden, partner at JM partners Corporate Finance said, “As always it is the global networking and knowledge sharing with fellow members that we find so valuable at IAPA events. Meeting members face to face cements trusted relationships and our clients are pleased that we can call our international IAPA colleagues, in almost every key business location worldwide, at any time, for first-hand, global business advice. We value very highly the member-led discussions and sharing of best practice, which allow us to return back to our firms with fresh ideas for the benefit of our staff, and in turn, the satisfaction of our clients. IAPA has grown in strength significantly over the last 12 months and we are delighted to be part of this association and to participate in discussions that will enhance this growth, at such an exciting time.”
Global IAPA Chairman, Jan Huygens, commented, “Our International Conference in Rio focused on the future of IAPA and leadership. With emphasis on how we can develop both our own practices and the association as a whole, this event in Rio has offered a fantastic opportunity for members to gain new ideas and insights to support their next generation of leaders who will nurture their firm’s international business strategies for the future. It has also given us the opportunity to understand how members would like IAPA as an association to evolve and prosper, and as we review our business strategy, I look forward to turning these ideas into reality.”
About JM Partners Corporate Finance
JM Corporate Finance was founded in 2009. The company combines the experiences of senior advisors who each have a proven track record in both SME and international transactions in each and every line of business. Furthermore, JM Corporate Finance has developed also a close cooperation with several other reputable corporate finance advisors. Our clients vary from SME business owners to large corporations and multinational enterprises. We also carry out corporate finance services for banks, informal investors, lawyers, trustees of bankruptcy and participation companies.
About IAPA IAPA is a global association of independent accounting and business advisory firms representing the expertise of some 200 member firms in 70 countries around the world. For more information visit: www.iapa.net or contact Louise Norbury, at email@example.com.
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