Alliott Group

Alliott Group is an international association of accounting firms and law firms that provide audit, accountancy, tax, real estate, M&A, global mobility, commercial law and private wealth services. It ranks as one of more than 200 professional services networks worldwide. The association was established in 1979 and comprises 150 member firms in some 160 cities across 64 countries. The alliance aims to be a Top 10 ranked alliance by the end of 2021 and to achieve this by appointing an accounting and law firm member (dual coverage) in the majority of the world's commercial hubs.

Member firms are independent, mid-market professional practices. At the end of 2018, Alliott Group was ranked by Accountancy Age as the 13th largest international association of accounting firms with aggregated revenues of approximately USD628 million.[2]

In October 2016, at the International Accounting Bulletin (IAB) Awards, Alliott Group was presented with the "2016 Rising Star International Association of Accounting Firms of the Year" award.[3]

Through its member firms, the association offers services to Small and medium-sized enterprises across a number of sectors and has services groups focused on international tax, VAT/indirect tax, transfer pricing, private wealth, global mobility, commercial law, real estate and M&A.

Alliott Group
Alliott Peirson International (1979–1999)
Private limited company
IndustryProfessional services
Association, Network
HeadquartersWorldwide, with Executive Office in Petersfield, UK,
Area served
Worldwide, 160+ cities[1]
Key people
Colin Farmer(Worldwide Chair)
Giles Brake (COO)
Darsi Casey(Deputy Worldwide Chair)
Financial Advisory
Risk Advisory
Corporate finance
RevenueUSD$628 million(March 2017)



Logo of Alliott Peirson International, the forerunner to Alliott Group

The original founding firms already had working relationships and mutual clients but established a formal association in Alliott Peirson International, Alliott Group’s forerunner, in 1979.[4] The association’s aim was to meet the needs more efficiently of those clients that needed assistance when expanding into or facing challenges in different jurisdictions around the world. As client demand for services in new locations grew, member firms were (and continue to be) appointed in key commercial cities across the world.

Multidisciplinary expansion

According to Inside Public Accounting, "Alliott Group was one of the first international groups to adopt an interdisciplinary approach." [5] The association opened its membership to law firms in 2004, and as of March 2019, 34 law firms are members. As a result, Alliott Group may be listed as an international law firm network [6] or as one of a small number of Multidisciplinary professional services networks.


Chair person

Previous Worldwide Chair Kenneth J. Miles (2015-16)

2009: John Jones (Santa Rosa, CA, USA) [7]

2012: John Kleopas (Athens, Greece) [8]

2016: Kenneth J. Miles (Los Angeles, CA, USA) [9]

2017: Colin Farmer (London, UK) [10]

Key milestones

1979: Alliott Peirson International formed.[11]

1999: Name changed to Alliott Group.

2015: Alliott Group wins 2015 Accountancy & Law Alliance of the Year in the Global Market award.[12]

2016: Alliott Group won the 2016 Rising Star International Association of Accounting Firms award.[13]

James Hickey (far left), Giles Brake (Head of Marketing), Jenny Ringrose (Events Manager) & Colin Farmer (far right) with The Accountant/IAB 2016 International Association of Accounting Firms (Rising Star) Award

2016: Expansion of alliance membership to Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Tokyo), Netherlands (Eindhoven), Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town)

2017: Expansion of alliance membership to Spain (Madrid)

2018: Expansion of alliance membership to Canada (Toronto), Oman, Tunisia and Zambia. Co-sponsors of the Forum for Expatriate Management's EMEA Global Mobility Summit.

2019: Expansion of alliance membership to Morocco, Hungary, Kenya, Mannheim and Los Angeles. Co-sponsors of the Forum for Expatriate Management's Amsterdam Global Mobility Conference (7 March 2019).

Worldwide conferences

1979: London, UK

1980: London, UK

1981: Copenhagen, Denmark

1987: Edinburgh, Scotland

1988: Surfers Paradise, Australia

1989: Vienna, Austria

1991: Orlando, FL, USA

1992: Barcelona, Spain

Alliott Group worldwide conference history-441px
An early Alliott Group (Alliott Peirson International) Worldwide Conference

1993: Hong Kong

1994: Melbourne, Australia

1995: Montreal, Canada

1996: Penang, Malaysia

1997: Abu Dhabi, UAE

1998: San Diego, CA, USA

1999: Melbourne, Australia

2000: Mauritius

2001: Event cancelled

2002: Mexico City

2003: Miami, FL, USA

2004: Cairns, Australia

2005: Cape Town, South Africa

2006: Beijing, China

2007: San Francisco, CA, USA

2008: Athens, Greece

2009: Boston, MA, USA

2010: Singapore

2011: Barcelona, Spain

2012: San Diego, CA, USA

2013: Hong Kong

2014: Johannesburg, South Africa

2015: New York, NY, USA

2016: London, UK

2017: Sydney, Australia

2018: Vancouver, Canada

2019: Madrid, Spain

2020: Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ Alliott Group: Across the world
  2. ^ Top 35 ranked associations and networks of accounting firms
  3. ^ 2016 The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards Winners
  4. ^ Alliotts, Interactive History Timeline
  5. ^ Inside Public Accounting IPA Spotlight On James Hickey, Alliott Group
  6. ^ Legal 500 - Top international law firm networks
  7. ^ Pitch Engine: John Jones elected as Chairman of Alliott Group Worldwide
  8. ^ PR Web: Alliott Group Elects New Worldwide Chairman
  9. ^ Inside Public Accounting: Alliott Group Appoints Los Angeles MP as Worldwide Chair
  10. ^ economia: Farmer to lead Alliott Group
  11. ^ Alliotts, Interactive History Timeline
  12. ^ Alliott Group wins Accountancy & Law Alliance of the Year in the Global Market 2015 award from Finance Monthly magazine
  13. ^ 2016 The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards Winners
Accounting networks and associations

Accounting networks and associations are professional services networks whose principal purpose is to provide members resources to assist the clients around the world and hence reduce the uncertainty by bringing together a greater number of resources to work on a problem. The networks and associations operate independently of the independent members. The largest accounting networks are known as the Big Four.

Angels Den

Angels Den is an online investment platform that connects businesses with angel investors. It was founded in 2006 and is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).Angels Den - now Angels Den Funding - offers an online investing platform, which allows investors to invest in pre-vetted SMEs. 92% of Angels Den funded companies since 2013 are still active today.

Angels Den is headquartered in Faulkner’s Alley, Clerkenwell, London, and also has a presence in Poland and Romania, constantly looking for new opportunities to extend.

Law firm network

A law firm network (law firm association or legal network) is a membership organisation consisting of independent law firms. These networks are one type of professional services networks similar to networks found in the accounting profession. The common purpose is to expand the resources available to each member for providing services to their clients. Prominent primarily law firm networks include Alliott Group, Lex Mundi, WSG - World Services Group (multidisciplinary), TerraLex, Meritas (law), Multilaw , The Network of Trial Law Firms, Inc., the State Capital Group, and Pacific Rim Advisory Council. The largest networks have more than 10,000 attorneys located in hundreds of offices worldwide.

The firms who are part of the networks may be formally or informally linked to one another depending upon the purpose of the network.

Masuda Funai

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Middle-market company

Authorities provide differing definitions of the middle-market or mid-market companies. While some authorities look to revenue generated by companies to define the middle market, other sources regard either asset size or number of employees as a better metric for comparing company sizes.

Definitions of the middle market are generally derived by dividing the United States economy into three categories: small business, middle-market, and big business. According to figures collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the total revenue of all U.S. businesses in 2012 was roughly $32.6 trillion. The largest of these companies, which are big businesses with revenue of over $3 billion, make up roughly one-third of that total, and businesses with a revenue of under $100 million made up about another third of the total revenue. The middle market can thus be defined as the companies larger than small businesses but smaller than big businesses that account for the middle third of the U.S. economy’s revenue. Each of these companies earns an annual revenue of between $100 million and $3 billion.Other authorities define middle-market firms differently. The National Center for the Middle Market at the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business as well as Dun & Bradstreet’s proprietary database of commercially-active U.S. firms define middle market businesses as those companies with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion per year. The definition is defined in reference to small businesses, which earn less than $10 million in annual revenue, and big business, which earn at least $1 billion in revenues and are generally the smallest eligible for a credit rating by one of the "major" credit-rating agencies. Investopedia considers middle market firms to be those with sizable annual revenues, ranging from $50 million to $1 billion, which straddle the market between smaller companies and billion-dollar giants.

Multidisciplinary professional services networks

Multidisciplinary professional services networks are organizations formed by law, accounting and other professional services firms to offer clients new multidisciplinary approaches solving increasingly complex issues. They are a type of professional services network which operates to provide services to their members. They operate in the same way as accounting firm networks and associations and law firm networks. They do not practice a profession such as law or accounting but provide services to members so they can serve clients needs.Aim is to provide members involved in doing business internationally with access to experienced, tried and tested, reliable, and responsive professional advisers who know their local jurisdiction intimately as well as the intricacies of cross border business.

There are 10 multidisciplinary networks. The largest are: Alliott Group, MSI Global Alliance, Morison International, Geneva Group, International Practice Group, WSG - World Services Group and Russell Bedford International. These networks have more than 100 member firms in as many as 90 countries in hundreds of offices. The members employ thousands of professionals.

World Services Group

WSG, also branded as World Services Group, is a multidisciplinary professional services network of independent law, accounting and investment banking firms. It ranks as one of the largest among the more than 200 professional services networks in the world. WSG members are independent law, accounting and investment banking firms. According to the organization's website as of 2016, WSG was formed in 2002 as a multidisciplinary network with the objective of bringing together professionals in a professional services network that creates business opportunities and relationships to better service their clients globally. Its members have more than 19,000 professionals in more than 115 countries in almost 400 offices. Its global headquarters are located in the Houston, Texas,

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