Eighteen delegates from 11 countries attended the second consecutive annual sub-regional meeting for Central / Eastern European members.
On the afternoon of Thursday 20 June our host firm, ARTUS, invited delegates to their offices in Vienna, Austria, for a drinks reception. This was followed by a “Treasure Hunt” around the city of Vienna; a fabulous idea to explore the city and get to know some of the magnificent architecture and history of Austria’s capital city.
In record temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius, delegates were divided into teams for this fun activity, with all eventually completing the hunt and meeting up at the fantastic Sirbu restaurant for an amazing, authentic experience, with its beautiful vineyard setting for al fresco dining.
The business sessions commenced on Friday 21 June. Following an introduction from Wolfgang Dibiasi of Artus, the region’s executive director, Stephen Hamlet (London), welcomed all to the meeting. On the previous morning, Stephen had presented to the Managers Team of Artus, leading a most beneficial ‘Question and Answer’ session on BKR International, promoting the many opportunities available in belonging to the association.
Presentations on the Friday morning involved each BKR member office reporting to the group on the last 12 months’ activities, including a summary of the local economic environment and an overview of their firm’s performance and recent developments. This encouraged much interaction and discussion, with delegates learning from each member, providing them with ideas and interesting thoughts to pursue for their own individual practices.
After lunch, Rene van den Outenaar of Molade(Amstelveen) presented a very interesting look at the “Sporting World” in respect of Administration and Tax advice for a number of matters including those related to Intellectual Property. Rene’s presentation was especially current given recent publicity around tax investigations of some top sport’s personalities.
Wolfgang Schmid, of our host firm Artus (Vienna), introduced a fascinating take on the standard “Doing business” presentations by inviting two of Artus’ clients and asking them to describe the experiences they had when setting up business in Austria. This ‘discussion-led’ session was a great and exciting way of learning about some of the practical challenges involved.
Panayiotis Diallinas of Eurofast – the Tax practice of BKR member firm, Euroglobal (Cyprus), followed this by presenting a brief but very useful summary of “Doing business in the Balkans”.
Delegates left Vienna with a taster of a wonderful city, a better knowledge of fellow BKR member firms throughout the Central / Eastern European region, and some new and exciting ideas to consider.