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23.9.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland’s Rugby World Cup BBQ

On Saturday 19 September, EisnerAmper Ireland hosted a BBQ in Wanderers RFC to mark Ireland’s opening game against Canada in the Rugby World Cup.

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In what was a very enjoyable afternoon, guests were regaled before, during and after the game by EisnerAmper Ireland’s “pundits” plucked from the ranks of our staff, alumni and clients.

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Thanks to the generosity of those who attended, our charity gamble raised over €800 for the Jack & Gill Children’s Foundation.  We were also delighted to be joined by our Canadian clients and our colleagues from EisnerAmper LLP’s San Francisco office to Saturday’s event.

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Keep up to date with EisnerAmper Ireland at www.eisneramper.ie, on twitter at @EisnerAmperIE, or on Linkedin.

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3.9.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland teams run a corporate 5k challenge

On 1 Sept 2015, four teams from EisnerAmper Ireland participated in the Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team challenge which saw over 5,000 participants run along Dublin’s Docklands. The event was won in a time of 14:49 by Conor Dooney (Davy) who led a field of over 1,200 teams and 5,000 runners. Over 20% of EisnerAmper Ireland’s Dublin office participated in the run.

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Runners along Dublin’s Docklands

Frank Keane, Partner, was the fastest member of the EisnerAmper Ireland team with an impressive time of 18:55, and he was followed shortly by the rest of the EisnerAmper Ireland teams.

As a Firm, our culture supports the development of sound bodies & sound mind, and our teams regularly compete in challenges such as charity cycles , tag rugby tournaments and a delegation from EisnerAmper Ireland will once again participate in this year’s Dublin City Marathon. For more information on how you can join our team, please see:

http://eisneramper.ie/join-our-firm/ .

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13.8.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland Team Complete Charity Cycle

On Friday 24th July, Ronan Murphy and Kilian Doyle, EisnerAmper Ireland’s Financial Services Partner and Director, took part in the Mason Hayes & Curran charity cycle, raising money for Young Social Innovators and Cycle Against Suicide. Both Kilian and Ronan completed the challenging route that took cyclists from Barrow Street, Dublin through the Dublin Mountains and finished in St John’s GAA Club, Ballinteer. Kilian undertook this challenge only a week after completing a 330km charity cycle from Co. Kerry to Co. Kildare.

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The EisnerAmper Ireland teams are now preparing for the Grant Thornton 5K challenge and sending a team to the Dublin City Marathon in October.

At EisnerAmper Ireland, we believe developing the best team is the key to delivering an exceptional quality of client service. You can find out more about Our Differentiation, Our People or Life at EisnerAmper Ireland or why Join our Firm on http://eisneramper.ie/.

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16.7.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland Celebrate Bastille Day with H.E Jean-Pierre Thébault

Sarabeth McGuire and Jennifer Kelly, members of EisnerAmper Ireland’s International Trade teamwere guests at the Bastille Day celebration in the French Résidence on 14 July 2015, hosted by the French Ambassador H.E Jean-Pierre Thébault and Madame Thébault.

The French Ambassador welcomed guests on arrival and delivered the keynote address which highlighted the remarkable business relationship between Ireland and France whilst also raising awareness about the current issue of climate change.

The event brought together guests from both the French community and the French – Irish business community to celebrate Bastille Day in the beautiful garden of the French Résidence. Guests were treated to authentic French cuisine and a glass of Moet to toast to the performers who sang both national anthems.

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For more information on the services and expertise that EisnerAmper Ireland’s International Trade team offers in assisting international businesses establishing operations in Europe, visihttp://eisneramper.ie/international-trade/.

 

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8.7.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland attend American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Lunch

Karen Moloney and Jennifer Kelly, members of EisnerAmper Ireland’s International Trade team were guests at the American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day lunch which took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Friday, 3 July 2015..

John A. Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives delivered the keynote address which highlighted the remarkable business relationship between Ireland and the United States. Mr Speaker noted that Ireland is the number one location in the world for US FDI flows and US companies have $240bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland.

 

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr John Boehner.
The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr John Boehner. addressing the American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Lunch

 

The event brought together guests and speakers including Kevin O’Malley, US Ambassador to Ireland; Eamonn Sinnott, President of the American Chamber; and Dr. Anita M. Sands, global technology and business leader and advocate for the advancement of women, who discussed Irish economic growth rates, the value of exports by US companies in Ireland, and the over 80,000 people who work in Irish companies in the US.

 

American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Lunch
American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Lunch

 

To find out more about the services and expertise that EisnerAmper Ireland’s International Trade team offers in assisting American businesses establishing operations in Europe, visit http://eisneramper.ie/international-trade/.

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3.7.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland attends IIBA Summer Networking Event

Roisin Cahill and Anne-Marie Jennings, members of EisnerAmper Ireland’s International Trade team, attended the Ireland India Business Association (IIBA) Summer 2015 Networking Event which took place at the offices of William Fry on Tuesday, 30 June.  This event provided an excellent opportunity to listen to a range of interesting guest speakers and to network with businesses engaged in bilateral trade with India. To find out more about the services and expertise that EisnerAmper Ireland’s International Trade team offers in assisting Asian businesses establishing operations in Europe, visit http://eisneramper.ie/international-trade/

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26.6.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland Sponsoring “Leap on your Bike” 320km Charity Cycle

EisnerAmper Ireland are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring Leap on your Bike, the first annual 320km charity cycle from Annascaul, Co. Kerry to Lexlip, Co. Kildare over the 18th and 19th of July.  EisnerAmper Ireland are proud sponsors of Leap on Your Bike, with all funds raised being donated to Cycle Against Suicide, St John of Gods, and SVP charities.

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Ireland are proud of our team’s commitment to building sound bodies and sound minds.  Especially during these summer months, we encourage our team to work hard and play hard on our tag rugby team, in our running club, and our cycle to work groups.

For more information about Leap on Your Bike cycling route see here.  Find out more about joining EisnerAmper Ireland here.

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15.6.2015

Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2015

EisnerAmper Ireland’s Financial Services Partners Ray Kelly and Ronan Murphy attended the Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2015 in Dublin on June 11th.

Now in its 17th year this conference is a landmark in the international funds industry calendar and it attracts a wide range of participants from across the international investment funds community.

The conference brought together prominent industry speakers to discuss current issues and challenges facing the international investment funds industry. The event included thought provoking and informative presentations, keynote talks and panel discussions from internationally respected industry experts, covering the latest developments in the industry. It also looked at Irish solutions for managers globally.

Click here for more information on EisnerAmper Ireland’s Financial Services offering.

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12.6.2015

EisnerAmper Ireland Sponsors SME & Entrepreneurs Network meeting in association with France Ireland Chamber of Commerce

EisnerAmper Ireland was delighted to host a meeting of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce SME & Entrepreneurs Network on 9 June in Bewley’s Hotel, Leopardstown. Director of International Business for EisnerAmper Ireland, Jennifer Kelly, joined CEO of Connect Ireland, Joanna Murphy, and co-founder of LeFevre Cidre, Ger Callanan in presenting to the network of entrepreneurs.

Director of International Business for EisnerAmper Ireland, Jennifer Kelly; CEO of Connect Ireland, Joanna Murphy; and Cliona McGowan, Director of France Ireland Chamber of Commerce.
Director of International Business for EisnerAmper Ireland, Jennifer Kelly; CEO of Connect Ireland, Joanna Murphy; and Cliona McGowan, Director of France Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Kelly introduced members to EisnerAmper Global, a new global network co-founded by EisnerAmper Ireland, offering specialist services to niche markets in key global hubs.

Sarabeth McGuire, Senior in International Business, detailed the services provided by the International Trade team. Acknowledging the importance of industry bodies such as the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Gateway to Europe, Sarabeth described the importance of sectoral networking and the value that participation in sectoral bodies has delivered to EisnerAmper Ireland and our clients.

Jennifer Kelly, Director International Business, EisnerAmper Ireland; Orla Brennan, Supervisor, International Business, EisnerAmper Ireland.
Jennifer Kelly, Director International Business, EisnerAmper Ireland; Orla Brennan, Supervisor, International Business, EisnerAmper Ireland.

Giving examples of EisnerAmper Ireland’s previous work with companies ranging in size from global corporate to start ups considering expansion for the first time, Orla Brennan, Supervisor in International Business, concluded the presentation by discussing the importance of an internationally recognized audit, tax and advisory capability.

Attendees of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce SME & Entrepreneurs Network, sponsored by EisnerAmper Ireland.
Attendees of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce SME & Entrepreneurs Network, sponsored by EisnerAmper Ireland.

 

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12.6.2015

Industry Briefing by EisnerAmper Ireland on Developments in Global Funds and Private Equity

EisnerAmper Ireland (formerly MKO) introduced Dublin’s funds and private equity community to EisnerAmper Global, a new global network co-founded by EisnerAmper Ireland and leading US accounting firm, EisnerAmper LLP, at the Shelbourne Hotel on 4 June 2015.

EisnerAmper Global Partners at EisnerAmper Ireland's industry briefing on Global Funds and Private Equity
EisnerAmper Global Partners at EisnerAmper Ireland’s industry briefing on Global Funds and Private Equity

Alastair MacDonald, Managing Partner of EisnerAmper Ireland, and Charles Weinstein, CEO of EisnerAmper in the US, shared their view of developments in fund and private equity markets.   The opportunity for

Ireland to leverage its funds and FDI experience to attract global private equity was a key theme of the evening.  Alastair and Charles were also joined by senior partners from EisnerAmper’s New York, Cayman and Dublin offices.

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28.5.2015

Alastair Mac Donald, Managing Partner, talks about MKO’s rebrand to EisnerAmper Ireland

As MKO joins EisnerAmper Global and rebrands to EisnerAmper Ireland, the firm has a client roll that includes some of the world’s leading financial services and trading companies in addition to state bodies in Ireland. 

As the team prepared for the changeover, Alastair Mac Donald, Managing Partner, sat down in the boardroom of their Dublin office with Colin Murphy, columnist with the Sunday Business Post, to talk about why he is willing to change to the EisnerAmper brand, and where he thinks the firm is heading.

Colin: Let’s get the basics right first.  What is happening to MKO?

Alastair: We’re joining with a leading US accountancy firm, EisnerAmper LLP, to form a new global network called EisnerAmper Global.  As founding members of that network, we’ve decided to change our name to EisnerAmper Ireland from today.

Colin: Is this a merger or acquisition, or simply a partnership?

Alastair:  None of the above.  We remain an independent Irish firm owned by our partners.  Along with EisnerAmper LLP and Cayman we founded EisnerAmper Global.  Through our membership of EisnerAmper Global we will work together to share work and intelligence to facilitate international trade.

So we have the same service and ethos – but now with global connectivity.

Colin: Who are EisnerAmper LLP in the US?

Alastair: EisnerAmper are one of the US’s leading accounting firms, with over 1300 professionals and 200 partners. They are based in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Grand Cayman. They focus on two areas that are key to us: international trade and financial services.  Their collegiate culture and values are very close to our own. Through working with them on joint projects in recent years, we have come to see them as a natural fit with our firm and our clients.

Colin: There’s clearly some risk involved – you are giving up your own brand, and joining with a much larger firm.  So why take on this headache?

Alastair: We don’t consider this is a headache at all!  While it’s been hard work it’s both exciting and invigorating.

The bigger question is: why do this at all?  As part of our commitment to continually develop our expertise and offering to our niche markets, we realised that to be “best in class”, we need to be globally best in class. As a growing Irish firm already playing a key role in bringing international financial services and trade to Ireland, we realised that we needed global perspective and relevance. So as a firm that has always been committed to innovation in professional services, we see this as a logical and important next step in our journey.

Colin: That makes sense, but why the name change?

Alastair: While we remain an independent Irish firm owned by our partners, it makes sense for us to work with our international colleagues under a single brand to clearly position our global offering to our clients and financial services markets.

Initial client feedback suggests that EisnerAmper is one of those names you won’t forget because it’s hard to remember – that’s been an unforeseen benefit!

Colin: How does this position you with the Big Four – how do you compete?

Alastair: We are executing a strategy we call “global niche” – offering specialist services to niche markets in the key global hubs.  For example, in Ireland we primarily focus upon financial services, international trade and government work.  Increasingly, conflicts of interest and the evolving regulatory environment mean that clients need an alternative auditor or an additional advisor.  Upcoming EU audit reform is bringing this to the fore.  So competition is always there but, just as often, our peers and markets will see us as complementary.

Colin: How will this affect your existing clients?

Alastair: On a practical level, not at all. The same team will be available in the same way at the same place. Our personal touch and responsiveness won’t be changing.

On a more fundamental level, this will allow us to deepen and broaden our expertise, whether bringing that back to the Irish market, or helping Irish clients expand into international markets.  We already bring international trade and financial services to Ireland, so this will enhance our international presence and help us attract new clients to Ireland, along with bringing first-hand experience of global best practice in regulation and related areas.

For Irish clients trading internationally, or hoping to, EisnerAmper Global’s offices give us boots on the ground in the key hubs, allowing us provide local insight and create relationships there for our clients.

Colin: How has the rest of the firm reacted to the move?

Alastair: We operate an “open architecture” approach to the execution of firm plans, so the team at all levels has been engaged for more than two years.  So firm buy-in has been exceptional and, to my mind, is a reflection of our collegiate culture.

We invest a lot in our trainees: they work hard and we give them a lot of support and a lot of opportunity. With six staff just back from three months seconded to EisnerAmper Global’s New York and San Fran offices, technical and development opportunities are only going to grow.

Colin Murphy is a columnist with the Sunday Business Post (http://www.businesspost.ie/) and a writer of a current affairs documentaries.

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18.5.2015

US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

Members of the MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) International Business team gathered with the creative minds behind some of Ireland’s greatest innovations for the inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards on Friday, May 15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. The Awards, jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and Royal Irish Academy, recognise excellence in research innovation that has taken place on the island of Ireland as a result of US foreign direct investment.

Amongst the 700 strong audience were leaders of many of the US companies in Ireland, representatives from academia and innovation stakeholders. In addition to hearing from the Presidents of the American Chamber (Eamonn Sinnott) and Royal Irish Academy (Mary E. Daly) attendees were also addressed by US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley and Damien English TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation.

MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) is an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. For more information on MKO’s (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business service offering to US companies wishing to establish or expand their operations in Ireland, please visit our website.

 

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