I am delighted to announce that IFS has agreed a strategic alliance with the Simmons Gainsford (SG) Group, a business consultancy group focusing on many areas of business structuring such as corporate finance, insurance solutions, business search, procurement, compliance and VAT as well as international tax structuring through SG Global Tax. IFS and SG Global Tax will co-operate in developing service and delivery capability in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia which will assist both firms when providing international business structuring for their separate client bases.

Peter Wilson, head of SG Global Tax says “IFS is a top quality provider of transnational tax services with Roy and his protégé Dmitry clear leaders in their fields. SG Global Tax is delighted to be able to forge a closer working relationship with Roy and Dmitry”.

From my perspective, having developed IFS as a unique international tax practice over the past forty years, it provides the basis for developing a wider range of services for our clients through the various disciplines offered by SG Group. It dovetails well with the continuing development of the International Business Structuring Association (IBSA) with SG providing help in developing the multi-disciplinary as well as multi-jurisdictional nature of the IBSA.

On the subject of IBSA, we are looking forward to our first annual dinner for IBSA members on 18 November at Hush Brasserie, Mayfair, London, followed the next day by our annual conference, details of which can be found on the IBSA website (click here). There is still time to register for both events (the first for IBSA members only), but in any event please look on the IBSA website for details of forthcoming discussion groups – the next one being in Lisbon on 25 November on investments into and out of Africa through the UK and Portugal.

Please note that our new address will be 7/10 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DQ with effect from 1 December 2015.

With kind regards

Roy Saunders