The conference commenced with a welcome from APAC Chair Scott Jago and APAC Deputy Chair Amie Cheung, before Victor Mills, CEO of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, explained how Singapore became and remains a global hub.

Giles Brake, AGA’s CEO updated the region’s members on the rapid growth of AGA’s legal and accounting membership and the strategy for greater collaboration and for ‘switching on’ the alliance for business. Damien McMenamin, AGA’s Chief Growth Officer, also set out AGA’s strategy to target and recruit further law and accounting firms in prime territories across the Asia Pacific region.

Rahul Banerjee, Founder & CEO of local client, BondEvalue, shared his journey from a one-man team to a 50-person fintech business with offices in Singapore, India and Mexico. Rahul also offered insights into the cross-border challenges he faced and lessons learned.

With most firms around the world facing down the ‘talent crunch’, Shanghai law member, Peter Pang, Managing Partner of IPO Pang Xingpu Law Firm, led a discussion on staff retention and employee satisfaction strategies.

Other highlights included Bernhard Lieder of ATHLEADERS leading an invigorating workshop on what business can learn about teamwork from the world of sport, designed to ensure attendees learned how to communicate and collaborate more effectively across a region with such marked cultural differences.

Singapore accounting member J. Balasubramaniam (‘Bala’) of JBS, ensured delegates became familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of Singapore's tax system, after which Cecily Ng, Senior VP at Salesforce Singapore explained how CRM software helps professional firms to get an improved view of opportunities to expand business with their clients. Finally, Anthony Marrin from HY Leung & Co, law member in Hong Kong, presented the latest trends in cyber and financial crime before participating in a multi-jurisdictional panel covering KYC, AML at which selected professional advisors compared regulations in their countries and shared tips on how to mitigate, spot and deal with fraud.

Conference sessions were interspersed with opportunities to network in a relaxed environment, including dinner at the Singapore Cricket Club.

Giles commented:

“We have expanded significantly since 2019 yet been thwarted in our efforts to integrate newer members fully into the alliance, with communication limited to virtual meetings. This in-person conference has played an important part in deepening relationships and exciting and engaging members in what the alliance can do for their clients and for their firms in today’s unpredictable, complex and very internationalised business environment. A huge thank you to our exceptional Singapore host firms, JBS and Advocatus.”

Further Reading:

Q&A with Varun Garg, Senior Consultant at Coinmen Consultants

Alliott Global Alliance is Headline Sponsor at 35th LAWASIA Conference

Indian Law Firm Soloman & Co Joins Alliott Global Alliance

An update on Tax Changes in China

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