UHY Haines Norton Audit and Assurance Director Sungesh Singh shares his experiences of attending the UHY International Asia-Pacific Conference held in Malaysia recently.

The UHY Asia-Pacific Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur this year. The weather was warm and the food was absolutely fantastic! The theme for the conference this year was “driving revenue”. This was particularly interesting in the Asia-Pacific region as it allowed me to learn a lot more about what our other network firms do in Asia – and there was definitely a lot to learn.

Impressively our UHY firm in Bangladesh is the leading firm servicing the banking industry, and our UHY Kuala Lumpur office is doing a lot of work assisting clients in their initial public offerings (IPOs). Our Shanghai firm is also active in the listed space and there were several niche offerings coming out of various other parts of Asia. The key was trying to understand ways of referring to each other and how to break down the communication barriers.

Our Malaysia firm celebrated their 10th year as members of the UHY network and the event was celebrated in grand style. I almost felt like an Indian James Bond as I entered the Majestic Hotel and was greeted by the UHY Kuala Lumpur super stars. These stars are the upcoming staff at the Malaysia office and they performed a passionate dance act on stage. They wanted James Bond to perform on stage but remember he doesn’t do that – he waltzes!

I think for me this year cemented an already strong group of relationships, and I feel very comfortable with referring to and working with our UHY network firms in Asia. The size of our network and the way we collaborate allows me to know most of the Partners in the Asia-Pacific region on a first-name basis, which in turn helps with the ease of doing business across regions.