IR Global

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Founder: Thomas Wheeler
Business Development Director: Ross Nicholls
Number of member firms: 762 Number of advisors: 1,145

Network Overview:
The network's membership consists of the highest quality boutique and mid-sized firms who service the mid-market. Firms which are focused on partner led, personal service and have extensive cross border experience.

Representing 1,145 members, covering over 92 unique practice areas and 20 working groups in 158 jurisdictions, the network is perfectly placed to offer the highest quality bespoke advice that meets the needs of the most complex client requirements.

Since 2010, this community has grown to over 1000 members worldwide based on the principles of friendship, trust and a shared belief in going beyond the traditional role of the adviser.

Today IR Global exists as the ‘go-to’ network for forward-thinking clients looking for creative, pragmatic and cost-effective solutions.

The group’s main directives are:
- Helping members and clients achieve together what they could not alone. Via knowledge sharing, collaboration and global marketing initiatives
- Working exclusively with one firm, per practice area, per jurisdiction; ensuring the best niche expertise is offered in each country
- Partnering with like-minded firms; who are active, innovative and business orientated. Each new member accepted, providing added value to the existing network

Main Areas of Practice:
IR’s membership is based on practice area exclusivity. Meaning each member is vetted and accepted for their high level of expertise in a specific sector/area of business. This ensures clients have access to the highest quality advisors in each jurisdiction, no matter how diverse the requirement. This is supported by practice area ‘working’, ‘regional’ and ‘special interest’ groups, which are led by a steering committee of well-established and active IR members. Each committee holds quarterly development meetings to discuss opportunities, group standards, client service and best practice.

IR Global’s Working Groups are:
- Accountancy
- Commercial
- Corporate Services
- Disputes
- Employment
- Insolvency
- Intellectual Property (IP)
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Real Estate
- Private Client
- Tax Law

IR Global’s Regional Groups are:
- Africa
- Asia / Pacific
- LATAM (Latin America)
- MENA (Middle East North Africa)

IR Global’s Special Interest Groups are:
- Ethics Committee
- Professional Services Practice Management
- Think Tank

The network handles a wide variety of client work across multiple sectors and regions. This ranges from market entry/company formations to handling complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Each member also has a client manager who works alongside the firm, to offer introductions, schedule meetings and assist in sharing client requests.

IR Vetting:
The group has a highly selective membership criterion, in which all applicants are subjected to a stringent vetting procedure, which reviews individual, department and firm reputation. This process pays particular attention to the firm’s market positioning and firm philosophy. The group is non-exclusive, no referral fees are taken and members are entirely independent of one another.

IR Global Conferences:
IR Global firms are committed to working together and retain close personal relationships; this is supported by four international conferences and jurisdictional meetings across the globe each year. These events provide a platform for members to further discuss business development, networking and collaboration.

IR Digital:
The IR digital team works with boutique and mid-tier sized professional services firms to support them with their firm marketing and branding development, giving clients and members access to the resources needed to successfully build, create, and market their firm. Via IR's in-house expertise and partners, the network offers competitive rates on a range of products and services including, social media management, web design & branding, ongoing SEO support to thought leadership publications, firm brochures, corporate videos and topical podcasts.

IR CSR Program:
IR’s founding philosophy was based on ethical principles, that was to instigate positive change in the professional services sector and business community in general. This was focused on bringing like-minded people together for collaborative purposes. As the network has grown it has become increasingly clear, that there was also an opportunity to utilise this global network of people to work together and create positive social change.

For this purpose, in 2015 IR created a charity called the Sinchi Foundation that focuses on indigenous rights and the preservation of cultural and biodiversity. For further information see –