DFK and AGN expand network with alliance member

Independent accounting associations DFK International and AGN International have expanded the strategic alliance they announced a year ago with the addition of a multi-disciplinary partner, MSI Global Alliance, an international association of both legal and accounting firms

MSI Global Alliance is the first to join Global Connect since it was established as a new collaboration between DFK and AGN in January 2018, with the aim of offering their members greater resource and coverage to best serve the international business needs of clients, whilst continuing to operate as fully autonomous organisations.

MSI has been established for over 25 years and has 260 independent legal and accounting member firms in more than 100 countries, making it comparable in size and geographic reach to DFK and AGN.

DFK has 220 member firms in more than 90 countries, and AGN has approaching 200 member firms in over 80 countries.  All three associations have their global headquarters in London.

Timothy Wilson, chief executive of MSI Global Alliance, said: ‘The beauty of Global Connect is that it provides a default setting in seeking support in a specialist area.  If MSI has not got a member in a particular area, we can go to DFK and AGN and similarly, we have some 130 law firms able to assist their members with legal support.’

Martin Sharp, executive director of DFK International, and Malcolm Ward, chief executive officer of AGN International, said MSI provided a new dimension because of its multidisciplinary nature.

Sharp said: ‘Clients of our member firms often seek legal support when moving into other jurisdictions and MSI Global Alliance gives us a step into the legal market, as well as increasing our coverage of accountants.

‘The success of Global Connect in the first year has exceeded our expectations.  We had more cross-border interest and confidence among our firms to work with each other than we had anticipated, generating at least one referral a week.’

Report by Pat Sweet

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