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Singapore, December 2013 – Nexia International held its Annual Conference in Shanghai this year from 13 November to 16 November. The event, hosted by the Nexia China firms, Nexia TS Shanghai Co. Ltd. and Nexia HDDY Shanghai CPA, was based on the theme of “Effective Management of International Business.”
With more than 220 delegates, representing more than 50 countries, the event was a resounding success, showing once again that the partners of Nexia International member firms from around the world are serious about maintaining and improving their client-focused network of accounting and consulting firms. Delegates attended special interest group sessions and general meetings that offered a wide range of topics, from doing business in China to best practices for providing quality international services to a global client base.
Headquartered in London and established in 1971, Nexia International is a global network of independent accounting and consulting firms, which is ranked in the top 10 of such worldwide networks. With more than 20,000 professionals and 500 offices in over 100 countries worldwide, member firms provide a wide range of services, namely, audit and assurance; taxation advisory and planning; cross-border transaction planning; business advisory and consulting; cross-border M&A and corporate finance structuring; planning and support for IPO on global exchanges; and more.
Through the network’s annual conferences, such as this year’s Shanghai event, as well as through the annual regional conferences and special interest group meetings, member firms assert their commitment to international cooperation in servicing the ever-expanding global needs of their clients.
In the three days preceding the Nexia International Annual Conference, Henry Tan, the Chairman of Nexia China led 40 delegates and their spouses (Total of 90) to visit Beijing and to attend meetings with representatives from CICPA and a local member firm, Beijing Yongtuo. This group then joined the main conference delegates in Shanghai, where speakers from both inside and outside the network, shared their expertise and insights regarding the management of business in China and globally. Guest speakers from China included Mr. Zhu Wen Bin from the Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, Dr. Bai Xiao Hong from CICPA in Beijing, Professor Feng Qi from the Foreign Language Department of Shanghai University and Mr. Jim Serstad from Tompkins International’s Shanghai office.
Representatives from Nexia TS gave presentations on topics “China’s economic development and prospect” presented by Henry Tan, “Doing business in China” presented by Flora Luo, “China Taxation and latest updates for foreign investors” presented by Scott Heidecke. Fong Kiew presented one of the case studies involving international work during the main conference while Kristin Kim and Chee Choon highlighted the audit issues in Asia at the Audit Forum. During the conference, the delegates’ spouses were treated to sight-seeing tours of various Shanghai attractions. In the evenings, everyone attended banquet dinner that included Chinese traditional and modern entertainment at various locations in the city, including a tour boat cruise on the Huangpu River.
The importance of the Nexia International annual conferences cannot be overstated. These meetings not only provide networking opportunities for all participants, but also provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge and experience that can bring about a deeper understanding of the many cultural similarities and differences in business practices throughout the world. The 2014 annual conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain, and while future years will take delegates to even more countries, the impact and success of the 2013 Nexia International Shanghai conference will not be soon forgotten.