MSI Global Alliance appoints four new member firms

MSI Global Alliance (MSI), one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms, is delighted to welcome four new member firms to the association. The new members comprise two American law firms, a Turkish law firm and an accountancy practice in Pakistan.Graydon is the largest of the new MSI members with 42 Partners and 120 staff spread across its offices in Cincinnati (Ohio) and Fort Mitchell (Northern Kentucky). A modern, innovative and ambitious firm, Graydon offers a broad range of legal services including expertise in Commercial Law, Business Litigation, Real Estate and Banking. The firm is also committed to ‘making Cincinnati a better place to live’ through an extensive community outreach programme.

Also joining from the US is Colorado law firm, Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. based in the booming economy of Denver. A progressive and diverse practice, Burns, Figa & Will has grown rapidly in recent years and joins MSI with 11 Partners and 35 lawyers. The firm has extensive expertise in Transactional Representation (including business formation, capitalization, M&A, and exchange listings) Litigation, Real Estate, Environmental law, Energy and Utilities sectors, as well as Professional Ethics.

The third legal firm joining MSI is Herdem Attorneys at Law based in Istanbul, Turkey. Herdem has a particular specialism in aerospace and defence technologies, as well as offering a broad range of investment and corporate commercial services to a worldwide clientele.

The fourth new MSI member is accountancy practice Salman Arshad Chartered Accountants, located in Lahore, Pakistan. A young and ambitious firm, Salman Arshad offers assurance, business advisory and taxation services to a broad client base.

Welcoming the new members, MSI Global CEO Tim Wilson says, “We are delighted to welcome these four new members to MSI; they all have a genuine appetite to grow their business and their international presence. With over 260 members across 100 countries, MSI Global is perfectly positioned to provide them with enhanced visibility, increased referrals and business development opportunities. I know that they will receive a warm welcome from our existing members.”

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.