Abacus Worldwide to Merge in JHI

Two associations plan to merge on Sept. 1: Miami-based Abacus Worldwide, which represents both law and accounting firms, and JHI of Hillside, N.J.

The combined global business association – to be known as Abacus Worldwide ­– will focus on the key initiatives of business referrals, knowledge exchange and practice management tools going forward.

JHI plans to finalize its vote to merge into Abacus Worldwide following its general meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, in July. Brian Pashen, JHI International chairman, says merging will increase geographic coverage and global connections to both accounting and law firms.

When both associations join, the organization will have 125 legal and accounting firm members, with 5,600 total staff in 236 offices in 56 countries.

“Going forward, our strategy will focus on regional efforts and further supporting member needs. We are confident that we will have a great future together,” says Abacus Worldwide president and CEO Julio Gabay.

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