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The event welcomed participants from across the region and from other jurisdictions, including the United States, Spain, Turkey, and Poland.

Expertly hosted by local member firms Peña Mancero Abogados and Visión Contable & Financiera, the conference's goal was to strengthen connections between participants by engaging in discussions on client and jurisdictional opportunities, as well as exchanging insights on firm management strategies and more effective utilization of alliance resources.

Hot topics covered during member-facilitated discussions included finding a common approach to referrals, professional retention strategies, and how to pitch more successfully for new business individually and collectively as alliance firms. Significant time was also dedicated to learning about AGA’s digital transformation, specifically utilization of the alliance’s cloud based, collaborative software platform, AGAOne, with Marta Solarska-Kaleńczuk, Partner and COO at Woloszanski & Partners Law Firm in Poland, leading an interactive session.

Giles Brake, AGA’s CEO, highlighted the alliance’s impressive organic growth in the region, with coverage now extending to some 70 percent of Latin American countries, and confirmed the alliance’s ambitions to expand to Paraguay, Ecuador and select Caribbean countries, as well as secure additional representation in Peru, Venezuela, and Uruguay. First-time attendee Annette Herrera, Partner at Torres Legal (El Salvador) who joined the alliance in February 2204, formally introduced her firm to the attendees and outlined the exciting opportunities for foreign investors in her country.

Guest speaker Daniel Lozano, Founder and CEO of KindWorks.AI, joined the event to give an engaging presentation on the practice of intentional kindness, explaining how professional firms are using their AI solution to spread kindness and appreciation to staff at scale.

A program of social and evening events also offered members the opportunity to network and learn more about each other, while enjoying the very best of Cartagena’s culture and cuisine.

Giles Brake comments:

“While this region continues to experience economic and political challenges, our proactive and resourceful member firms are invested in their collective success and in supporting each other to face these challenges. This event was characterized by innovative thinking, boundless energy, generous camaraderie, and a willingness to collaborate to find common solutions. Such traits will be key to the continued upward trajectory of AGA in this region. A huge ‘Gracias’ to everyone who attended, to our outstanding Executive Office team members Sophia Rook-Blackstone and Maria Teresa Casali, and to local law firm Peña Mancero Abogados. We look forward to next year’s conference in the Dominican Republic.”

AGA offers comprehensive legal and accounting support across Latin America and the Caribbean, with member firms located in Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

About Alliott Global Alliance:

Founded in 1979, and with 220 firms operating out of 300 offices in some 100 countries Alliott Global Alliance is an international alliance of independent, law, accounting, and advisory firms, working across the world Together as One.

Each of our members share a common goal: to learn and share knowledge, resources, and opportunities to make the world smaller and their businesses stronger. We work with a spirit of generosity and openness — so that together, we can continue to fulfil our ambitions, gain greater experience, and drive mutual success.

Alliott Global Alliance is expanding fast, and the alliance has its sights set firmly on growing its legal and accounting membership to 100 countries. Opportunities are available to independent professional firms in specific countries in Africa, Europe, China, the ASEAN region, Australasia, the Gulf Cooperation Council region, Central and South America and in North America. For information about membership email membership@alliottglobal.com.