Members and guests met in Wiesbaden, Germany, on 12 – 13 February 2016 for the Annual General Meeting of EuropeFides to exchange their technical expertise and to network with current and potential new member firms.
The meeting was hosted by our local EuropeFides members of HCSM Steuerberatung GmbH who had organized a packed programme with plenty of opportunities to discuss financial and legal topics relevant to the clients of our members as well as social activities to catch up with colleagues from all over the world.
A panel of experts from bdp Bormann Demant & Partner, Epyon Consulting, HCSM Steuerberatung, Kocks & Partners and WSM Partners compared best practice approaches to due diligence assignments across different jurisdictions and professional fields. The ensuing discussion with members and guests highlighted the importance of good cooperation and communication to ensure meeting the expectations of clients from other jurisdictions and to provide services of the highest quality possible.
Michael Stappel, Senior economist at DZ Bank AG, elaborated on deposit guarantee schemes after the reform of the banking sector and the recent proposal by the European Commission for a common European Deposit Insurance Scheme.
In view of the growing importance of the Asian market for European firms, the colleagues of LE YU Corporate Advisory group from Shanghai and Singapore shared strategies for expanding EuropeFides representation in Asia.
bdp Management Consulting (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. elaborated on Chinese business culture and the challenges for European firms investing in China and vice-versa.
Apart from the business side of the meeting, there were also plenty of opportunities to socialize during the cocktail reception at the offices of HCSM Steuerberatung and a traditional German dinner in a bierkeller. Moreover, participants were treated to a visit of the world renowned Eberbach Monastery and a wine-tasting at the Steinbergkeller winery.
New Management Committee for 2016
With his term as President coming to an end, Stephen Balzan (ACT Advisory Services Limited, Malta) handed over the Presidency of EuropeFides to Melina Pyrgou (Pyrgou Vakis Law Firm, Cyprus) at the General Assembly on 13 February.
We would like to thank Stephen for his hard work and dedication during his Presidency in the past year, which saw the continuing growth of our membership base as well as the implementation of several important structural changes that will prepare the association for future expansion.
The General Assembly also elected four members who will join the current President and two Vice-Presidents to form the Management Committee for the year 2016:
Melina Pyrgou, Pyrgou Vakis Law Firm, Cyprus – President
Miquel Masramon, Miralbell Guerin, Spain – First Vice-President
Janbert Heemstra, De Clercq Advocaten Notarissen, Netherlands – Second Vice-President
Günter Handl, Aureal GmbH, Germany
Dr. Erwin Herresthal, HCSM Steuerberatung GmbH
Cesare Zanotto, Epyon Consulting Srl, Italy
Heinz Zillgens, SERF EuropeFides SAS, France
Rapidly growing membership
EuropeFides continues to grow rapidly and expanding representation in further jurisdictions.
Therefore we were especially delighted to have seven new firms from the Czech Republic, to France, Italy, Russia and Zimbabwe that are interested in joining the association introduce themselves at the Wiesbaden Meeting.
Two of these new firms had already submitted formal membership applications and were approved at the General Assembly in Wiesbaden.
We are therefore very pleased to welcome the following two new member firms to EuropeFides:
- FINEXFI, accounting and audit firm from Lyon, France
- Pavelka Law Office, law firm from Prague, Czech Repulic
EuropeFides is now represented in 20 countries with 30 member firms and over 600 professionals ready to support clients with their expertise when taking their business into other jurisdictions.
We would like to thank all members and guests for coming to Wiesbaden and all speakers for sharing their expertise.
Our special thanks go to HCSM Steuerberatung GmbH for their hospitality and for organizing a great networking event.
The next EuropeFides General Meeting will take place on 15 – 16 July 2016 in Vienna, Austria, and will be hosted by Bernardini & Co. Wirtschaftsprüfung.
EuropeFides is an association of trusted professionals across Europe and beyond, enabling members to assist their clients in their cross-border business activities with high level accounting, audit and legal expertise. Longstanding partnerships and personal contacts with fellow experts from other EuropeFides member firms ensure that members’ clients receive the same outstanding service they are used to from their local advisors when taking their business into other jurisdictions.