Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I become a member of GGI?

If you are an international, independent law, accounting, audit or management consulting firm and are regarded as one of the leading firms in your profession in your country, providing excellent client services and high quality standards, then you meet the basic requirements for GGI membership.
Please contact GGI Head Office by email to receive general information on GGI.
What are the criteria for admission?

  • You are an independent law, accounting, audit or management consulting firm
  • You are operating at an international level
  • You are recognised locally as leaders in your profession
  • You are able to demonstrate your proactive approach, absolute integrity and professionalism

If you meet all these requirements and are not yet a member of an association with the same or similar aims as GGI, we would be pleased to hear from you by email.
How much does membership cost?

The membership fee is dependent on the gross national income per capita of the country in question (Head Office) and the number of employees.
Interested companies should make themselves known to GGI Head Office; we will be pleased to calculate your contribution.
As a member, how many events should I attend?

Conferences are a vital and important part of the GGI community. We understand that the most important element of successful cooperation is personal contact. We therefore ask our members to participate in at least one conference per year. The more active a firm is within GGI, the more business they usually receive.

GGI organises one annual World Conference and four regional conferences every year, each of which is attended by around 200-250 partners from group members. In addition to the conferences, many more meetings take place on a smaller scale, such as the German-speaking Meeting, the Leadership Forum and separate practice group meetings, which offer a broad variety of interaction between member firms. In addition to the physical conferences there are also WebEx conferences, to facilitate exchange in between conferences.

EasyMeets take place every year and are aimed at younger partners and associates. EasyMeets offer an alternative to the larger conferences. An EasyMeet is also a very good incentive for juniors.

Developing Leaders and Best Practices conferences also take place once a year in North America.
Is there regional exclusivity?

Each GGI member firm shall be entitled to regional exclusivity according to the Charter.
What is the task of GGI Head Office and Regional Management?

GGI Head Office provides ongoing information and support to member firms. It is also responsible for the smooth running of day-to-day administration, bookkeeping, sales and marketing, organisation of events and conferences, public relations, finance and development of GGI. It ensures the continuous and consistent growth of GGI. The Regional Management is responsible for group management in their respective regions. They implement the decisions taken by the Executive Management and act as points of contact. Furthermore, they monitor the alliance development in their regions.

Please note Geneva Group International AG (GGI), a company incorporated in accordance with the laws of Switzerland, provides no legal, audit or other professional services to clients. Such services are provided solely by GGI member firms in their respective geographic areas.
Are referral fees paid?

There is no referral fee paid to GGI Head Office. There is no obligation to pay referral fees between GGI members. We recommend that each member settles this matter individually with the relevant business partner before beginning any joint work.
How is GGI different from other alliances?

GGI is a professionally managed organisation. This marks a huge difference from voluntarily managed networks.

Quality
We understand that the key to a successful alliance is the careful selection of member firms.

Trademark protection
GGI’s trademark is protected almost everywhere in the world, and certainly in all locations where we have GGI member firms.

Multidisciplinary approach
GGI covers a wide range of services due to its unique combination of professions. This enables GGI member firms to serve their clients better. All of our members benefit from having access to a very wide range of professional services all over the world.

Independence
Each GGI member firm keeps its independence and its own company name.
How much business will we get from membership?

This depends on various factors. You should not expect to gain more business immediately after signing the GGI contract. We advise you to be active in the alliance and make use of the numerous opportunities available. The team at GGI Head Office supports and fosters cooperation between members and also helps members make contact with each other.
What are the concrete advantages for me?

  • You will be part of a well-established international alliance without losing your independence
  • You will be able to serve your clients better by offering them a combination of global resources, business know how and local market knowledge
  • You will have the opportunity to share technical knowledge, practice management procedures, views, visions and experiences with professionals from all over the world
  • You will receive new business referrals from other alliance members
Management Structure

GGI is a professionally managed organisation. The Executive Management guarantees continuous business development, ensures quality control and handles day-to-day administration. It supports all GGI members with information and ongoing service.

The Regional Management is responsible for group management in their respective regions. They implement the decisions taken by the Executive Management and act as points of contact. Furthermore, they monitor GGI's development in their regions.

The GGI Board of Directors is responsible for the mid- and long-term strategy, detailing policies and controlling finance and administration.

The Executive Committee (ExCom) consists of thirteen members and is the decision-making body of GGI. All Regional CEO's and Chairmen of the Professions are members of the ExCom.

In order to offer GGI members representation that is not only related to regional matters, GGI has three professional Divisions (Lawyers, Accountants and Consultants). These Divisions are duly represented through the Heads of Division in the ExCom. GGI understands that although the multidisciplinary approach of GGI is a valuable asset, the different disciplines might sometimes need particular attention in GGI's daily life, and consequently the different divisions were established in order to take care of the particular needs of members.