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Partner Riccardo Benussi Attends the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) Global European Regional Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

PRAGUE – Dezan Shira & Associates’ Partner, Riccardo Benussi, recently attended the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) Global European Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic on April 17-19th.

More than 120 attendees convened at the Marriott Hotel in Prague to inaugurate this year’s LEA European Regional Conference themed “Reimagine Now.”

Tony Szepaniak, CEO of LEA Global

Day 1 of the conference saw sessions led by the I-TAX group and the keynote address by Tom Palmaerts from Trendwolves. This was followed by roundtable discussions on the themes of exploring talent management strategy, talent mobility, and innovation and technology.

Riccardo Benussi joined the Innovation Focus Group

The conference also featured a presentation on Country Desks – European Focus, a novel initiative aimed at serving as a comprehensive resource hub for LEA members regionally and globally within the alliance.

Riccardo among fellow attendees of the European Conference

As the European Conference ended, Tony Szepaniak, CEO of LEA Global, shared with the attendees the achievements of the alliance’s European initiatives in 2023, while also emphasizing the role of the network’s values, core pillars, key initiatives, and opportunities.

Tony Szepaniak addresses the audience

The conference concluded with collaborative group sessions dedicated to Managing Partners, Audit & Assurance, HR Marketing & Communications, VAT, Young Professionals, Global Mobility, and Tech & Innovation.

One of the several Roundtable discussions held at the Conference

Reflecting on last year’s conference in Rome and the current edition, Riccardo Benussi observed: “The European conferences are very effective from where I stand: the partner firms I interact with all year are here and the questions and discussions get more and more exciting for me to tackle. It’s always a warm feeling to see old and new faces coming together.  I’m especially proud of being active part of the IT and innovation working group to which usually a commercial and legal consultant and client-facing person doesn’t spend a lot of time on, but in that group I find an intriguing set of discussions to break down with others who like me want to see how technology and AI in general are shaping our industry and how we can remain ahead of the curve”. The next European Regional Conference will be held in Madrid, Spain on 9-11th April 2025.

Riccardo among LEA members at the Martinicky Palace on Hradčanské náměstí, Prague

Dezan Shira & Associates’ Presence in Europe

Europe maintains substantial trade and investment connections with Asia. As various regions in Asia experience rapid development, and with the EU actively pursuing trade agreements with Asian counterparts, there is a wealth of opportunities for European investors in the region.

Incorporated in Munich in January of 2021, Dezan Shira & Associates’ European presence serves as a first point of contact for European companies wishing to do business in Asia. In both the Munich and Milan offices, our European-based team works with a variety of partners to educate businesses on the economic performance and regulatory environment of developing Asian economies.

About Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) Global

LEA Global stands as the world’s second-largest global network, comprising 140 accounting practices spanning 620 offices across 110 countries. Among its accolades, Dezan Shira & Associates claimed the Alliance’s highest honor, the “Most Innovative Practice” award, along with the “Recognition of Excellence” award in 2013. The following year, in 2014, it secured the prestigious “Edge Award,” and in 2016, it clinched the “Outstanding Marketing Award.” Notably, Alberto Vettoretti, Managing Partner at DSA, concurrently serves as an LEA Global Board Member.

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