A Competitive World? – Amsterdam

Event Roundup

Message from Ross Nicholls

Dear Members,

Our 2023 Annual conference was attended by over 400 members coming from 85+ jurisdictions around the world. Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a wonderful event in the surprisingly warm and sunny Amsterdam, we were delighted to see so many new relationships and collaborations forming- it really was a conference to remember!

Those who came to town early joined us at a variety of pre-functions hosted by local members and sponsors which was a great opportunity for networking and enjoying time together again in person before the conference formally kicked off. Thanks to all our hosts here, it really was a brilliant time.

The conference itself was filled with a wide variety of professional networking opportunities, expert-led presentations and breakout sessions & workshops ensuring all our attendees had time to connect and strengthen business relationships. We were pleased to see so many member-led sessions also being held during breaks, offering further collaborative opportunities.

The social events consisted of an opening drinks reception hosted at the Stedelijk museum, luxury networking dinner at the Okura Hotel, before finishing with our Closing Drinks reception with a musical performance – the perfect way to end a monumental conference!

IR Global team – thank you for your dedication to creating such a memorable experience. Your hard work and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of the conference, making it a resounding success.

Magdalena Narkun, MDDP Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic i Partnerzy – Poland

Member of the Year

Paul Beare, Paul Beare Ltd England

Following voting via an online poll prior to the conference; we were pleased to announce during the conference that Paul Beare of Paul Beare Ltd is the winner of this year’s 2023 Member of the Year award!

Paul and his team support the needs of overseas companies setting up and operating in the UK.

One element is paramount with every client – they all need support and expert guidance. Paul and his team advise clients on the appropriate legal entity, payroll, VAT, banking and company secretarial services. Clients range from publicly-quoted companies through to owner-managed businesses.

Paul travels frequently to Australia, New Zealand and the US, and has been heavily involved in IR Global for nine years. He uses the support network for clients when they are focusing on expanding their UK company. Clients will use this as a foundation for further expansion into Europe and beyond. Paul Beare has particular expertise in helping clients decide on the best structures to use when setting up and growing a business in the UK – for instance, guiding clients towards the right choice between using a UK branch or a UK subsidiary.

“I am really proud and humbled, and appreciative to everyone who voted for me for this year’s member of the year award. It goes without saying that I was accompanied by some strong finalists in Caroline and Michael and I’m truly honoured and grateful.

I have been part of the network for ten years where acquaintances become friends and from friendships evolve referrals. And that’s what its all about, the cross referrals. After that, ultimately it becomes a family and we are a wide family and I’m delighted.

Congratulations also to this year’s finalists

Caroline Joly, Baro Alto
Michael Kean, Loren & Kean

Caroline Joly

Baro Alto

Michael Kean

Loren & Kean Law

Thank You to Our Headline Sponsors

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Thank you again for the visibility and the excellent organization of the Amsterdam Conference. Great job!

Stéphane Bertouille, Everest Law – Belgium

Sponsoring and attending the Amsterdam IR Global conference was an unforgettable experience. The conference provided us with an opportunity to reconnect with existing friends and meet new colleagues from around the world. The networking sessions were insightful and highly productive, and we were able to gain new knowledge that benefits both our firm and our clients. The team behind the conference did an outstanding job, and we look forward to attending and supporting many future IR Global conferences.

Nevin Sanli, Sanli Pastore & Hill – US – California

Nevin Sanli, ASA

President & Founder
Sanli Pastore & Hill

Forrest Vickery

Sanli Pastore & Hill

Ronald Hogewind

Managing Partner
HYS & Co. Advocaten

It was a pleasure attending yet another eventful and productive IR conference. There were lots of opportunities to meet with old friends, as well as plenty of well thought-out events to help spark new relationships. The small break out sessions were a great opportunity to hear different perspectives from colleagues based all around the world and to share our similar experiences/goals. 

Georgia Coats, Wade Clark Mulcahy LLP – US – New York

Georgia Coats

Wade Clark Mulcahy

Thank You to Our Membership Sponsor

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John Wolfs

MOTY 2016John was Member of the Year in 2016
Managing Director
Wolfs Advocaten

Lars Kroese

Wolfs Advocaten

Sharing Your Event Experience

We would recommend you write a short summary of your time in Amsterdam as this not only provides further firm promotion but also can remind the members you met to reach out and continue conversations. 

Many members have also shared their time in Amsterdam via social media platforms such as LinkedIn. This is another great way to further promote your firm’s attendance and to connect with fellow attendees. Some recent examples can be viewed below. 

We would also recommend commenting on any posts that feature members you met as this can again lead to continued discussions post-conference. You can easily find these posts by searching the event hashtag:

To meet like-minded individuals at the top of their game in a convivial environment was an absolute pleasure.  What is particularly special was the attendance of attendees from numerous financial, accounting and legal firms from all over the globe.  A special event by a special organisation.

Reuben Fevrier, Arnold Hill & Co LLP – England

Drinks Reception

Sunday 10th September

Sponsored by HLG and Thomas H. Curran Associates, LLC. The reception was hosted at the Stedelijk Museum, a must-see museum for modern and contemporary art and design in Amsterdam. 

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Thank you to our drinks reception sponsor

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Presentation Day

Monday 11th September

This year focused on the ‘Competitive Advantage’ with thought provoking keynotes from Marc Lammers and Rutger Bregman. Round table conversations centred on what is your firms’ main competitive advantage? And how having a giving mentality will reward you in the long term.

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Thank You to Our Speakers

Marc Lammers

Rutger Bregman

John Wolfs

Thank you to our exhibitors

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2023 Annual Conference in Amsterdam was a fantastic event. Extraordinarily run with every detail properly attended to. The social events, as always, truly provide a tremendous format for our members from across the globe to spend meaningful time together strengthening our common bond and forging new relationships. Bravo to the entire IR Global team.

Thomas H. Curran, Thomas H. Curran Associates, LLC – US Texas & Massachusetts

Evening Dinner

Monday 11th September

Sponsored by L J Soldinger and Wong Fleming. Attendees enjoyed a luxury evening dinner at the 5* star Okura Amsterdam Hotel. Guests enjoyed a 4-course meal of Japanese influence before ending the evening with a live musical performance!

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Thank you to our evening dinner sponsors

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Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Tuesday 12th September

Morning sessions allowed for practice area groups to take place hosted by their respective committee members discussing hot topics within their sector and the disputes group enjoyed a visited to the Netherlands Commercial Court, the Real Estate group met with local firm clients to discuss projects in the Netherlands. The afternoon allowed attendees to join various workshops including sessions on Crypto, the future of AI promotion process, presenting, business etiquette and transgressive behaviour. 

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Thank you to our breakout room sponsors

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Excellent programme, very good speakers, very active attendees and beautiful venue.

Peter Snoeker, Snoeker Advocatuur – The Netherlands

Closing Reception

Tuesday 12th September 

Attendees for a final gathering, enjoying drinks and musical entertainment. A great way to end the conference!

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Thank you to our closing drinks sponsor

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IR Team has done it again! With each year, the organisation skills, the time management and the scale and quality of the event are increasing and exceeding expectation (which is tough considering its past events). So many congrats to the efficient team smoothly led by Tom, Ross and Rachel for leading from the front.

Seema Jhingan, LexCounsel, Law Offices – India

Gold Members

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At IR Global we want to reward our active & longstanding members. One of the ways we do this is via our Bronze, Silver & Gold member rosettes awarded across the group annually.

We calculate these rosettes on an internal points system based solely on the individual members activity including responsiveness, activity and most importantly inbound and outbound referrals.

During our annual conference in Amsterdam, we presented our gold members with their awards to thank them for their hard work and engagement with the network.

Thank you to all of our gold members, who have gone above and beyond over the past 12 months and over the course of their long-standing memberships with IR Global.

Aliff Fazelbhoy

Senior Partner
ALMT Legal, Advocates & Solicitors

Katherine Evans

Senior Partner
Mirkwood Evans Vincent

Robert H. Schuler

Senior Partner
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet

Jeb Burton

President, Estate, Tax and Business Law


IR ‘On the Road’ Dubai 2024

20th – 24th February 2024, Anantara Downtown Hotel, Dubai

IR Global proves again that it is committed to creating valuable experiences for the members & providing for them the platforms & space to work together to improve, not only their individual practices, but also global access to opportunities & valuable advice on growth for their member clients.

Wissam Abousleiman, Abousleiman & co – Lebanon

Check out the Amsterdam 2023
highlights film.