MSI Global Alliance welcomes new members in the US and India

MSI Global Alliance, one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms, is delighted to announce the admission of US law firm Vandeventer Black LLP and Lodha & Bhatt, Chartered Accountants in India to the association.

Headquartered in Norfolk (Virginia), Vandeventer Black LLP can trace its history back to 1883. It has origins in maritime law but today is a thriving, and dynamic business and litigation law firm. It is one of the largest independent firms in Virginia with a strong community ethos, providing internationally recognized services across a wide variety of legal sectors. The firm joins MSI Global Alliance with 29 Partners and 115 staff.

Welcoming the firm to the association Tim Wilson, Chief Executive of MSI, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Vandeventer Black to our association. In our discussions it was clear that we share many cultural values and I am sure that they will receive a warm welcome from our existing members. They are well located in a vibrant and strategically important area and have an international outlook.”

“This alliance expands our relationships through MSI partners to strengthen our ability to meet clients’ needs worldwide,” said Mike Sterling, Managing Partner. “Virginia is integrated with the world of trade through its International Gateway for shipping and the digital port created by the new transatlantic data cable anchored in Virginia Beach. We look forward to working with the Alliance.”

Also joining MSI Global Alliance is Lodha & Bhatt, Chartered Accountants based in Bangalore, India. The five-partner firm with 20 staff provides comprehensive accountancy, audit, taxation and advisory services. Lodha & Bhatt advises start-ups, SMEs and Fortune 500 companies across various industries ranging from IT, aviation, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, real estate, e-commerce, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Tim Wilson commented: “I welcome Lodha & Bhatt to MSI Global Alliance. The firm is a well-established CPA firm and will complement our existing and growing presence in the Indian region.”

For further information please contact

MSI Global Alliance
Pauline Rottstock, Marketing and Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 20 7583 7000

About MSI Global Alliance

MSI is one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms with over 250 member firms in more than 100 countries. MSI was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms.

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IC Marais

Professional experience:

IC Marais is a certified CA (SA) with public sector and private sector technical knowledge based on 5 years’ Public Sector accounting, auditing and financial management experience and 5 years audit, tax and accounting experience. Detailed knowledge of private and public sector accounting and auditing standards (GRAP, IPSAS, IFRS, IAS, ISA) and public sector financial legislation (MFMA, etc.)

He enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing.


Professional experience:

In 1995, Schalk started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and then Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007) in Bloemfontein. In 1998, Schalk was appointed as manager at Moores Rowland, where he became a partner in 2003. Schalk received his Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Taxation in 2006 and in 2009 he received his Certificate in the Administration of Estates.


Professional experience:

Cedric started as a trainee at Warner and Newton (which became Moores Rowland in 1997 and Mazars Moores Rowland in 2007), Bloemfontein, in 1986. After completion of his articles, he joined the Special Investigations Division of the Department of Finance (SA Revenue Services) as a senior inspector from 1990 to 1991.


Professional experience:

Lucha started her career as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. After this she worked in commerce in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

On her return to South Africa, she completed her CA training contract with us and has been with Newtons ever since. She became a Partner in 2012.

Apart from her CA(SA) qualification she also holds a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Taxation (2005) and has the overall responsibility for training as our Training Officer.