As business continues to develop into new global areas, it is vital that the professional skills of the accountancy and legal profession evolves with it
—Helen Brand OBE, chief executive, ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and MSI Global Alliance, one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on projects aimed at developing the skill-sets of the legal and accountancy professions.

The agreement represents a commitment from both bodies to organise joint events and co-operate across global markets on initiatives that can help attract new accounting & finance talent.

The MoU was signed by Helen Brand OBE (chief executive, ACCA) and Timothy Wilson (chief executive, MSI Global Alliance) at a ceremony held on 05 July at ACCA’s global headquarters in London

Helen Brand OBE, chief executive of ACCA, says, ‘As business continues to develop into new global areas, it is vital that the professional skills of the accountancy and legal profession evolves with it. By partnering with an organisation such as MSI Global Alliance, our members can benefit from the insights and experience of professionals working in multi-disciplinary firms around the world.

‘ACCA’s Global Forum for Business Law, for example, already has a special focus on how legal systems can achieve the right balance between encouraging entrepreneurial initiative and providing necessary protection for stakeholders and the public interest. I hope this partnership will deepen and strengthen the collaboration between our professions on such key areas’

Timothy Wilson, chief executive of MSI Global Alliance, says, ‘The legal and accounting professions share common interests and challenges. For each profession, the impact of technology and digitisation is a significant opportunity and clients expect more added value from both.

‘Our members of multidisciplinary professional services firms are already at the forefront of such challenges around the globe. The opportunity to be able to access ACCA’s global network and research insights will be an invaluable asset to continuing to develop the talent needed to lead business in the 21st century.’

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For further information please contact:

ACCA
David Bowden, ACCA Newsroom
T: +44 (0)20 7059 5019
M: + 44 (0)7540919819
E: david.bowden@accaglobal.com

MSI Global Alliance

Pauline Rottstock, Marketing and Business Development Manager

Tel: +44 20 7583 7000

Email: prottstock@msiglobal.org

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. 

About MSI Global Alliance

MSI Global Alliance was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms and has steadily grown to become is one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms  throughout the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

MSI Global Alliance member firms are among the most respected, full service professional services firms in their local marketplaces, and share a common desire to provide partner-led, personal, value for money solutions. More information is available at: www.msiglobal.org

Helen Brand (ACCA) & Timothy Wilson (MSI Global Alliance)