AICPA Offers Guidance on Business Opportunities Abroad for CPAs

New Conferences on China and Brazil Highlight Market Strategies and Missteps to Avoid

May 23, 2013

China and Brazil represent potent opportunities for CPAs and financial professionals interested in doing business abroad, yet each country offers unique challenges that can serve as barriers to entry. To help firms and their clients navigate legal, cultural and country-specific accounting issues, the American Institute of CPAs is hosting a pair of high-level conferences devoted to best practices for conducting business in each market.

Both events are designed to give attendees strategic insight and practical advice regarding the launch or expansion of businesses in the two respective countries, with an emphasis on real-world case studies.  The conferences are geared to mid-to-senior level executives in public accounting, business and industry, and also to attorneys, consultants and financial professionals.

Event Details

The 2013 Conference on Doing Business in China

Location: Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, Washington, DC

Date: May 30-31

Keynote speakers:  James Bacchus, leader of Greenberg Traurig’s overall worldwide practice and former chief judge of the World Trade Organization, and Len Jui, head of public policy and regulatory affairs at KPMG and a partner with KPMG China.

The conference was jointly developed with American Learning Network, a Washington DC-based training and consulting group. For more information, please refer to the conference brochure.

The 2013 Conference on Doing Business in Brazil

Location: Waldorf-Astoria, Orlando, Fla.

Date: July 18-19

Featured speakers: Carmenza Gonzalez, CEO of the international trade consulting firm CZA; Murilo Mello, a partner with KPMG Brazil in Sao Paulo; Arleen R. Thomas, CPA, CGMA, AICPA’s Senior Vice President of Management Accounting and Global Markets.

The conference was jointly developed with Conselho Federal de Contabilidade, a federal council that oversees the accounting profession in Brazil. For more information, please refer to the conference brochure.

Reporters who are interested in attending either conference can obtain press credentials from Shirley Twillman, Media questions about the events should be directed to Jeff May, (212) 596-6122,