The 2017 Kreston EMEA Conference

Giugno, 05 2017

The 2017 Kreston EMEA Conference was held in vibrant Marrakech, Morocco where 105 delegates drawn from 27 countries were in attendance.
Kreston European Regional Secretary Dagmar Brösztl-Reinsch of Kreston Bansbach opened the conference and then Pierre D’Agrain from host firm Kreston Maroc plus Kreston Board Director Franck Parker and Panayotis Liolios from Exco France presented an overview of the economy and updated all on the practices of doing business in Morocco.
Kreston CEO, Jon Lisby gave an update on the networks performance and development strategy and Board Director, Clive Stevens of Kreston Reeves, highlighted the benefits of supporting sustainable development goals.
Key note speakers Mark Edmondson and Graham Clarke from cloud based audit software supplier Inflo, discussed the importance of making innovative software accessible to all in the accounting profession and Helena Jamieson and Ben Bush from brand consultants, The Frameworks, updated delegates on progress made around the implementation of Kreston’s new brand platform, Knowing you.
The second day of the business programme consisted of break out groups focused on the core groups of audit and taxation.
Lead by Kreston’s Director of Quality and Professional Services, Andrew Collier, the audit group focused on the importance of Kreston’s new extranet Klick, to collaborate and share documents; Mark Edmondson and Graham Clarke from Inflo offered a more detailed overview of their software; Rich Howard from US firm, CBIZ MHM, gave an update of US PCAOB regulations and Robert Holland and Alex Peal from James Cowper Kreston discussed False Assurance – Auditing intangibles and estimates.
Petra Uylen from Kreston Grip Audit chaired the International Tax breakout with lively debate taking place around Brexit; the impact of BEPS in members’ respective countries and Tax implications for the US since the election of Donald Trump.
Jeroen Knuist from Kreston Grip presented an update on Base Erosion Profit Shifting and Anti-Tax Avoidance and James Dahl from Calvista LLP discussed the economic benefits of living in Canada.
The social programme included team play on quad bikes and camels, a discovery walking tour around the Souks in Marrakech and an excellent evening of traditional food and entertainment at Dar Soukkar.
Jon Lisby said:
“Another lively programme in a great location which provided exceptional opportunities for our members to network, discuss international referrals and opportunities – these conferences deliver significant value for all”
The 2018 EMEA Conference will be held in Zurich 10th – 13 May 2018.