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Editor's letter: IAB’s first Accountancy Forum

Over two years ago we were gearing up at the International Accounting Bulletin for our inaugural virtual IAB Awards. With most nominations received and the technical difficulties addressed we were told four weeks prior to launch that we had the opportunity to host a physical event rather than just a virtual one. Our team descended into chaos - albeit organised chaos - as we frantically tried to get people to attend the event, coordinating with their busy diaries at short notice.

But because so many of you supported us by attending and nominating we managed to pull it off. And now, after two successful Award events we're ready for bigger and better things as we embark on hosting our first IAB Accountancy Forum.

The half-day Forum to be held in London on 16 September is mainly made possible because of the support of our headline sponsor Aon. Aon has supported us since our first Awards in 2012 and our relationship has only become stronger over the years.

For the Forum we've prepared an interesting programme with the opening panel session dealing with the risks and benefits of the global consolidation trend. This session will include presentations by those who have experienced an M&A in this industry and know about the legal implications of such a move. Successful integration experts will also air their views on how best to manage talent through an M&A.

The second session covers cyber security and accounting practices. This is an opportunity to learn about new research and the latest trends and developments in the area of cyber security for accounting practices.

We've already confirmed some very high-level speakers and I really hope to see many of you at the event. A full list of speakers will be announced in the next few weeks.

Parallel to the second session we will also run a senior executives' round table with Aon on the topic of building a resilient international network or association. Invitations for this closed session have already been sent and many international mid-tier and Big Four leaders have confirmed their attendance.

Last call

In the evening we'll conclude the event with the annual IAB Awards cocktail reception, which yet again is likely to be a very jolly occasion as well as being an excellent networking opportunity, especially because of the Forum prior to the Awards.

You have until 14 June to submit your nominations across 13 categories. We've already received some really excellent nominations, but we're looking to receiving many more before the deadline.

If you want to book your free place for the event, please visit our website and for nominations please email me with your submissions. All nomination guidelines and tips can be found on our website.

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