Alexandra Pereira, Portugal lawyer, joined Affilica, arranged a meeting with Affilica CEO at her stall at a London exhibition for holiday-home overseas. Affilica received an enquiry from a Spanish real estate developer looking for a Portuguese speaking lawyer. We introduced. Alexandra later reported the Spanish had appointed her law practice to handle legal work for the sale of 1,350 apartments it was building in a Brazil holiday resort; buyers from UK, Spain, USA, Germany, Portugal and Brazil.
I can see from your emails that you have been busy promoting Affilica, which is beneficial to all the Affilica members. In Mauritius, the economy that depends a lot on the tourism market, was affected by the financial crisis affecting Europe where the bulk of our tourists come from. With Affilica membership, we have been able to cope with the downturn. We wish to continue our Affilica membership. Keep up the good work and long live the Affilica community.
Our Affilica membership has proven to be very useful for retention of clients because they know our firm belongs to a worldwide alliance of professional firms. We had useful contact with members from other jurisdictions e.g. Malta, Italy. We were able to refer potential clients to other colleagues, specifically in Italy.
Our Affilica membership has enabled us to apply for two audit assignments which require international affiliation as a precondition. Our staff are excited and proud to be working for a firm that now has an international dimension; this is a morale booster. Many organisations prefer to deal with professional firms with a global connection. This was a sort for barrier for us in the past but with Affilica membership we are now overcoming this. Thank you.
Here in Istanbul and at our branch in Samsun, we are getting new clients. For example, we got a new Italian client. So we are doing good things right now because of our membership of Affilica.
Thank you for forwarding the recent inquiry from London. We are now discussing billing rates and so it seems we may have our first brief through Affilica.
Our visit to a fellow Affilica member in Milan was successful as we have now developed connection there with that excellent CPA firm. Our client in Milan is happy with our services and our knowledge, and they have engaged us in India and other three countries where we have associates. I hope to get your support in the future for more of such connections with other Affilica members.
Our first referral to an Affilica member in Hong Kong has been very successful. Our client was very pleased with the co-ordinated introduction and the quality of service by that Affilica member, and said it felt almost as if it was our office out there.
Since joining Affilica International, our clients, professional colleagues, contacts, staff and friends have seen a positive uplift in our firm's image and standing, especially our website. We have been receiving congratulatory messages all this week.
At the "Great Hotels of the World" gala dinner (300 persons) at a large central London hotel, there were five persons at my table. The person sitting to my left was an Englishman who operates a diversified finance and tourism operation in Indonesia. He asked me what I do and I mentioned about Affilica and the E-Magazine that goes out to 18,000 professionals worldwide. He said he has been receiving Affilica E-Magazine for the last two years. And he said he has emailed me a year ago. What a small world; I was staggered and amazed.
We are an international tax adviser practice with a fiduciary services division. Affilica provides us with an excellent opportunity to get into direct contact with audit firms around the world who need expert international tax advice for their clients for reasonable fees and rapid work delivery.
We have had several comments from our clients on becoming a member of Affilica. They were clearly interested in what Affilica as a group does when they saw the Affilica logo displayed in our office and on our business cards. We believe the prestige of our company has increased since we joined Affilica as now clients have a very strong reason to perceive us as being an international company in many aspects.
Our firm's partner Mr. Yu and I have held a meeting with the Affilica member Ms. Pathomporn of Bangkok, Thailand last Tuesday. We discussed the procedure and benefit of setting up a representative office in Hong Kong for her client. The meeting was a success and now she will present that to her client for their final decision.
We find Affilica to be very important for our needs as it relates to the rendering of services to our clientele. Being able to access a network of professionals worldwide is advantageous for us and we will keep on being members.
We have received a number of good enquires, culminating recently in the conclusion of a business arrangement with a Chartered Accountancy firm. This resulted in the transfer of the management of a significant number of offshore registered companies to ourselves. The management fees that we will generate in the coming months and years are due, in no small part, to our membership of Affilica International. Many Thanks for all your efforts and please keep the leads coming!
Thank you for the recent referral and I shall see him to provide the assistance required. Also thank you for featuring my firm in Affilica Update e-Magazine.
After we joined Affilica, we have got three clients in Pharmaceuticals and one in sea transportation. At the beginning of this January we got a deal to audit a local bank. A good friend who practices as a lawyer could become a new member; I have got his approval to send you his email address.
We have found the international connections provided by Affilica to be useful, in that we have both received and referred work to other professional firms in other countries.
The benefit of Affilica is partly the referral of new clients, and also to build trust into your practice. This is relevant for retaining your existing clients, in particular when they go international, but could also be attractive for your colleagues´ clients if you are internationally affiliated when they are not. In addition, Affilica is very helpful in checking your marketing material, and holds conferences in interesting international places that helps to keep the mind open for the broad international aspects of business. All in all, I have improved my marketing skills during membership with Affilica so that I am more confident to get my clients whereever it makes sense for me rather than waiting for referrals.
The confidence level of our clients, banks and government organisations has increased since we joined Affilica International. One of our clients wanted to form a company in UK and wished to have a valid work permit; our affiliate a U.K. Affilica member served our client successfully and their fee was moderate.
Since joining Affilica, I have assisted 3 firms with their operations in addition to which my current main client (China based). It is undoubted that unless I had the support of Affilica, the concept of being affiliated to a genuine international network, my credibility would not have been as strong. In terms of having your investment repaid, the cost of membership is negligible by any measure, simply taking on one referral through the organisation should be more than sufficient to return your investment.
We are to about to sign new contracts with our new Japanese client. I hope this assignment will generate new income for our practice. Consequently it should be said "The Affilica name created that opportunity for us with the combination of our expertise" and I believe it will be worth more.
Our firm has been a member of Affilica for more than three years. About two years ago, a UK firm of accountants contacted us to do tax and audit work for their clients who are companies registered in Singapore. We are now handling work for over 70 clients from this UK firm of accountants.
Last Friday I joined Affilica and today Monday I have set up a meeting with an Audit Practitioner. I have also been approached by an Insolvency Practitioner whom I will be meeting very soon. Thank you Affilica for your help in initiating this networking.