Founded in 1969, HLB International is a worldwide organisation of professional accounting firms with members and correspondents in over 100 countries. Ranked in the top 12 largest accounting and business advisory groups worldwide, annual billings are US $941 million, generated by more than 1,500 partners and 10,800 staff in over 430 offices. HLB member firms have extensive experience with all sizes of clients and types of assignments, ranging from large publicly listed and public sector clients through to owner-managed, director controlled companies.
Member firms are well established practices of high local standing, often ranking in the top 12 in their locality. In consequence, HLB can provide high quality personal services in all the principal business centres world-wide, not only in audit and tax compliance but in a wide range of taxation and financial advisory services at both national and international levels.
The regular involvement of HLB firms in multi-national assignments, working with colleagues around the world, means that it is well aware of the needs of clients with international operations and can respond accordingly.
HLB firms are well established firms of high local standing, who have developed their practices on the basis of their strong local knowledge and contacts. In consequence, our international identity, whether on letter headings, business cards or audit opinions reflects, intentionally, a combination of the HLB and local names. This identity, applied consistently throughout the world, distinguishes us from the Big 4 accounting groups.
It emphasises the strength of both the international organisation and the local firm whilst, at the same time, demonstrating the close bond between the two. This bond is illustrated by the way we conduct international business. The "lead" firm co-ordinates the professional services provided to the client internationally, maintaining close contac t with HLB firms around the world, supervising the work and identifying and solving any problems as they occur. In this way, HLB provides clients with a close level of personal service, supplied at both local and international levels.