Foundation. Claudio Cocca, co-partner of an Accounting and Tax Consulting Firm in Switzerland, works intensively with foreign tax consultants and accountants. He is continually confronted with the task of finding high-quality partners with whom to work successfully in order to serve his clients in the best possible way.
As a result of this need, he founded the Geneva Group International AG in April 1995, as an international network for tax consultants and accountants.
In order to avoid the inefficiency of managing an association, GGI was set up as a limited company in Switzerland, registering the trademark “Geneva Group International” in the relevant classes.
Multidisciplinary Network. GGI members urge the management of the network to accept law firms and consulting firms as members of GGI, in order to handle more complex joint transactions and thereby turn GGI into a truly multidisciplinary network. The fact that GGI is a Swiss company and that the contractual relationship between a member firm and GGI is based on the “cooperation agreement”, which in technical terms is a service and trademark agreement, is very helpful in terms of grouping together law firms, accounting firms and consulting firms in one organization. National legislation does not always allow accounting firms and law firms to be part of the same association; however, GGI is not an association and therefore the multidisciplinary path is open.
Latin America is becoming increasingly important for GGI and is being launched as a separate GGI region. The Regional Manager of this region will be Dr. Miguel Mantelli, with the regional office opening in Buenos Aires.
Following the formation of the Latin American region, an additional region will now also be established within GGI: Middle East / Asia / Africa. Peter Kaeser has been appointed Regional Manager, and his regional office will be based in Dubai.
Merger with Lawspan International (LSI), an association of 28 independent law firms throughout the world.
The network grows continuously, and GGI establishes the first practice groups, in which experts from different countries exchange information on professional topics and work on joint projects.
GGI has grown to becom the world's largest multidisciplinary alliance that includes law firms, accounting firms and management consulting firms offering professional services. In 2005 and 2006 GGI was ranked by Accountancy Magazine the eight largest alliance worldwide including the Big Four.
- 2007 / 2008
GGI is ranked again sixth in the world including the Big Four.
The first GGI North American Regional Conference takes place in October.
The North American region experiences rapid ongoing growth within GGI and for this reason a regional office will be opened in Boston in September. Adam Crowson will be regional Manager.
The North American Regional Council will be established, acting as an advisory body to GGI management to help shape and determine the local needs of this region.
The first North American EasyMeet takes place in September.
Further Regional Councils will be established in October for the regions Asia / Pacific and Latin America. Intention of these councils is to gain insight into local market trends and exchange information to find better approaches and solutions to region-specific issues. By establishing these councils, GGI is able to create a forum comprised of local authorities throughout the regions to identify issues relevant to specific professional areas. These councils are another stepping stone to support the growing organization of GGI.
GGI has been accepted as a full member of the European Group of International Accounting Networks and Associations (EGIAN), www.egian.eu, which is the representative group for twenty four of the largest International Accounting Networks and Associations outside the Big 4.
Since GGI’s establishment, employees have been carrying out careful quality controls. Only firms providing high quality standards and excellent client services are invited to join GGI. Each member firm is admitted only after substantial due diligence on our part. We understand that successful business is based on trust and that a network can only function if all independent member firms are carefully selected and provide the same professional services.
Now and in the future, we will continue to strive to serve our members in the best possible way, providing outstanding services and innovative ideas for the benefit of the organization as a whole.