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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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Jessica Levin Takes on Role as Abacus North America Regional Director

Jessica Levin

Jessica Levin

Julio Gabay, Abacus Worldwide’s president and CEO, announced that Jessica Levin has been named the Abacus North America regional director.

She will focus on three areas in U.S. and Canada: membership recruitment/retention, membership engagement and member referrals/collaboration.

“Jessica has a wealth of experience working with professional service firms as well as marketing and business development and I am confident she will add tremendous value to the region and Abacus as a whole,” Gabay says.

Last year, Werner Trieloff was announced as the Abacus Latin America regional director.

Abacus Worldwide Appoints Former MSI Global CEO To Advisory Board

James Mendelssohn

James Mendelssohn

Abacus Worldwide, an international association of 58 accounting and legal firms in 31 countries, has appointed James Mendelssohn to its advisory board.

In addition to his strategic development role on the board, Mendelssohn will assist with membership recruitment efforts with specific focus on the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to his appointment, Mendelssohn was the CEO and chair of MSI Global Alliance.  Julio Gabay, Abacus Worldwide president and CEO says of Mendelssohn, “He brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from his previous association management roles. Combining his wisdom with Abacus Worldwide’s dynamic membership will only lead to great things ahead in terms of growth and strategy.”

Abacus Worldwide Wins Rising Star Award

Abacus Worldwide, an association or accounting and law firms, has received the “Rising Star Association of the Year” award from The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin.

The Abacus Worldwide award recognizes their impressive development and regional initiatives, the magazines announced. Abacus connects accounting and law firms globally, facilitating knowledge exchange and better assisting clients with cross border and multi-jurisdictional needs.

Julio Gabay, Abacus Worldwide president and CEO says, “Abacus was founded only six years ago and today this award acknowledges the star members within Abacus. Without their engagement and desire to better service client needs, this could not be possible.  We are creating a truly unique global business association and are confident Abacus will have many more rising-star years ahead.”

The awards celebrate the best among firms, associations, networks and individual professionals in the accounting market globally that are successfully serving their clients through innovation and thought leadership as well as those that are strengthening the profession relevance in its mandate to serve the public interest. This year’s winners were commemorated at a gala at the Waldorf Hilton in London Oct. 4.

Abacus Worldwide Reaches 50 Member Firms

Abacus Worldwide, an international association of independently owned and managed accounting and law firms, has reached 50 member firms in four years.

Since being founded by Julio Gabay in October 2012, Abacus has focused strategically on growing the organization and providing appropriate geographic reach globally. “Abacus is not simply looking to place pins on a map,” says Gabay, “but rather Abacus seeks dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking firms to help move the organization forward and bring direct benefit to each member involved. We could not have reached 50 firms in such a short time frame without the help of our engaged membership; and we will now push forward with our plan to reach 100 firms worldwide by the end of 2018.”

Abacus Worldwide members have combined global revenues of $130 Million, with 1,400 staff and 71 offices in 33 countries collectively.

Abacus Worldwide Admits New Member Firm in New York

Abacus Worldwide announced that Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP in Williamsville, N.Y., has been admitted to membership of the association.

Tronconi Segarra & Associates has 12 partners and 84 total staff. The firm has expertise in manufacturing, IT, medical/legal, retail/wholesale, not-for-profits and GSA industries

Additionally, Abacus admitted Fort Advocaten NV in Amsterdam and Melot & Buchet Avocats in Paris.

Julio Gabay, Abacus Worldwide president and CEO says, “Abacus continues to grow as an international association by bringing on these progressive legal and accounting firms to our dynamic association. We are pleased to welcome into membership the accounting firms of Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP; Fort Advocaten N.V.; and Melot & Buchet Avocats. These recent additions further expand the association’s reach in North America and Europe not only geographically but also with their vast knowledge and expertise in key niche industries. Abacus is truly glad to welcome these firms as our newest independent members.”

Abacus Worldwide Admits Four New Members

Abacus Worldwide announced four new independent firms into membership.

QRGA LLP of Norwood, Mass., includes four partners and 20 total staff with expertise in construction, distribution, manufacturing, not-for-profits and unions.

Novak Francella LLC of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., includes eight partners and 90 total staff with expertise in not-for-profit entities, employee benefit plans, membership, labor organizations and ERISA compliance.

Hi Fidelity Solutions Private Limited of Bangalore, India, and KAP Teguh Heru & Rekan of Jakarta, Indonesia, were also admitted into membership of Abacus Worldwide.

“Abacus continues to expand its membership globally and we have started 2015 on the right foot adding these four new members to our dynamic association,” says Julio Gabay, Abacus Worldwide president and CEO. “These recent additions further expand the association’s reach in North America and Asia – not only geographically but also with their vast knowledge and expertise in key niche industries.”

Abacus Worldwide Admits New Member Firms

Abacus Worldwide admitted new member firm ZBS Group of Plainview, N.Y. In addition, Abacus admitted three international firms: Hamada Law Firm of Amman, Jordan; Acutus LLP Chartered Accountants of Singapore; and Ramierz, Gutierrez-Azpe, Rodiguez-Rivero y Hurtado of Mexico City.

Julio Gabay, Abacus Worldwide president and CEO says, “These recent additions further expand the association’s reach in Asia, Middle East, Latin America and in North America not only geographically but also with their vast knowledge and expertise in key niche industries.”

Abacus Worldwide Admits its First 15 Members

Abacus Worldwide, a new international association of accounting, legal and business consulting firms, has admitted its 15 founding members. They are:

  • B&B Gestao Contabil Ltda. – Sao Paulo, Brazil (Accounting Firm)
  • Cunha Oricchio Ricca Lopes Advogados – Sao Paulo, Brazil (Law Firm)
  • Daren B. Tanner, P.C. – Beaverton, Ore. (Accounting Firm)
  • De Bruijn & Co Accountants – Belastingadviseurs – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Accounting Firm)
  • Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin – Miami (Law Firm)
  • Godoy Oliva & Asociados, S.C. – Guatemala City, Guatemala (Accounting Firm)
  • Integritas Limited – Nicossia, Cyprus (Accounting Firm)
  • KAP Gatot Permadi Azwir & Abimail – Jakarta, Indonesia (Accounting Firm)
  • Kronos Consulting – Lima, Peru (Consulting Firm)
  • LM Audit & Tax GmbH – Munich, Germany (Accounting Firm)
  • Maryam Bin Belaila Auditing – Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Accounting Firm)
  • Perello Polanco & Asoc – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Accounting Firm)
  • Pérez Alfaro & Asociados Contadores Ltda – Montevideo, Uruguay (Accounting Firm)
  • Schneider Boerema PLLC – Raleigh, N.C. (Law Firm)
  • Souza, Berger, Simões e Plastina Advogados – Porto Alegre, Brazil (Law Firm)

Abacus is seeking additional accounting, law and consulting member firms globally including in, but not limited to, China, Hong Kong, UK, India, Australia, California, New York, Mexico.

“We were established to bring together growing, like-minded and quality accounting, legal and business consulting firms,” said Julio Gabay, Abacus Worldwide president and CEO. “Member by member, our mission – to be the No. 1 resource for growing firms looking to do business locally and internationally – is beginning to develop.”


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