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Optima becomes the sole representative law firm member for the alliance in Albania. The agreement between AGA and Optima meets AGA’s strategic need for a representative law firm member in Albania that will work to high international standards and is aligned with Optima’s own strategic growth objectives. AGA has gained a foothold in another European country, while Optima has immediately gained the ability to provide legal and accounting services to clients in 83 countries worldwide through their new colleagues at 200 member firms.

Founded in 2008, Optima Legal & Financial is among the leading commercial law firms in Albania and is currently ranked Tier 2 in Legal 500. Providing a broad range of legal services with a focus on business law and energy, the team are all fluent in Albanian and English, while having the ability to correspond in other European languages including German, Spanish, Italian, and Serbian languages.

Representing national and international clients in the private and public sectors, Optima Legal & Financial has been involved in some of the country’s most high-profile infrastructure projects and disputes. As Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce for Albania, Founding Partner Ilir Daci is well respected in the local business community.

Ilir comments:

“Joining an international group such as AGA has long been part of our strategy to help increase our standing and visibility in the local marketplace, seek out new client opportunities and offer existing clients with international business interests, access to law and accounting professionals located across many jurisdictions.

“We also understand that by collaborating and sharing best practice with our fellow members in the CEE Region and worldwide there is the potential to open up many opportunities for cross referrals and that through mutual cooperation, we can provide a one-stop-shop concept to new and existing clients.”

Alliott Global Alliance CEO Giles Brake adds:

“We are delighted to attract a firm of the calibre of Optima Legal & Financial as our first law firm member in Albania. This is a fast-growing firm run by partners who understand that AGA membership will raise the firm’s profile and offer opportunities to expand services to existing clients and attract new, internationally focused clients.

Ilir, Florian and the team have an international mindset, having gained relevant exposure and experience as members of one of Europe’s leading networks of energy consultants and of ICC Albania. Their firm adds significant strength to the alliance in the Southeast Europe region.”

The alliance has its sights set on expanding its European coverage further in 2021, particularly in Scandinavia, and in Central & Eastern Europe.

About Optima Legal & Financial:

Optima Legal & Financial prides itself on being among the leading commercial law firms in Albania (Top 10), providing a broad range of legal services with a distinct focus on business law and energy. Located in central Tirana, the firm represents an impressive range of national and international clients in the private and public sectors and has been involved in some of the country’s most high-profile projects.

The firm also has an office in Prishtina, Kosovo.

About Alliott Global Alliance

Founded in 1979, and with 197 member firms in over 80 countries, Alliott Global Alliance is an international alliance of independent, law, accounting, and specialist 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 Europe, but also in, China, the ASEAN region, Australasia, the Gulf Cooperation Council region, Central and South America and in North America. For information about membership in Europe, contact Damien McMenamin (damien@alliottglobal.com), Head of Global Business Development.