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Welcome to the latest issue of MPF Update, a regular round-up of news, events and initiatives from the Managing Partners’ Forum, the leading association for managing partners, CEOs and senior management at law, accountancy and other professional firms.
In this issue:

  • New members of the MPF this month

  • MPF Campaign: Engaging with external investors

  • Executive committee: Mike Strong, Chairman & CEO EMEA, CBRE, joins MPF top team

  • MPF New York: Vibrant October launch

  • MPF Awards: 2007 winners revealed

  • MPF events: Forthcoming meetings and previous event reports

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New members of the MPF
A warm welcome to all new members joining the Forum since the last issue of MPF Update

Alec Finch (Alec Finch Group Ltd), Simon Bromwich (Ashurst), Andrew Hamilton (Atisreal UK), Neil Craig (BDO Stoy Hayward), Robert Moss (Beachcroft), Ricardo Sallustio (Bonelli Erede Pappalardo), Mike Strong (CBRE), Mike Gardner (Claremont GI), Neil Munn (Clarke Willmott), Eric Picanyol (Cuatrecasas), Philip Black (EC Harris), Tolga Ismem (Esinismem Law Firm), Judith Prime (Finers Stephen Innocent), Ian Turnball (Gillespie Macandrew LLP), Hamish Munro (Guildhall Chambers), Ian Austin (Halliwells LLP), Peter Jackson (Hill Dickinson), Howell Melton (Holland + Knight), David Laing (Ledingham Chalmers LLP), Graham Murnane (Murgitroyd & Co), Tim Entwistle (PKF), Peter McDonald (PwC), Malcolm Buchanan (RBS), Richard Skelley (RBS), Jon Andrews (Rowlands Solicitors), Clive Ruse (Stephenson Harwood),Tom MacLennan (Tenon Group) and Nick Davenport (Turnerparkinson LLP)

To join MPF…download an application form here
MPF Campaign: Engaging with external investors
Whilst surveys and local meetings of the Forum are key to our success, MPF campaigns enable members to connect with the bigger picture. This month we launched a campaign to help the professions worldwide engage with external investors:
In partnership with valuation experts Brand Finance, the forthcoming MPF/Brand Finance Global 500 Brand Report will represent the definitive annual valuation of the goodwill of leading firms.
In partnership with investment bank Noble Group, the MPF Professional Service Index of listed professional firms will enable external investors as well as firms to track changes in market values.

Making news…

Despite the fact this initiative is still in its formative stages, we have already attracted the attention of the trade press and generated interest from professional firm leaders keen to get involved. Watch this space..!

Download Legal Week clipping or see news story online
Executive committee: Mike Strong, Chairman & CEO EMEA at CBRE joins MPF top team
The MPF is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Strong of CBRE to the MPF Executive Committee. Mike joins the MPF top team responsible for leading MPF activities into 2008 and beyond.

MPF Executive committee are Nigel Knowles (Chair); Joint CEO, DLA Piper; Ed Smith (Deputy Chair), COO Global Assurance, PwC; Sarah David, Partner, Whitehead Mann; Stephen Denyer, International Development Partner, Allen & Overy; Mike Francies, London Managing Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges; Alan Hodgart, Founder, H4; Richard Liddiard, Managing Partner, Dreweatt Neate; David Miles, Partner, BDO Stoy Hayward; Gareth Pearce, Chairman, Smith & Williamson; David Pester, Managing Partner, TLT. More…

MPF New York: Vibrant October launch
The inaugural event of MPF New York took place on 18 October hosted by local white shoe firm White & Case. Regional Director Bruce MacEwen was joined by Robert Millard, Partner Edge International, of the MPF Research Committee to present the findings of a groundbreaking MPF survey on the strategy setting process at professional services firms worldwide.
Following an opportunity to listen to the findings, NY based leaders got their first taste of the MPF as they shared insights, case studies and war stories relevant to the survey with peers. Commented Howell Melton, Managing Partner of Holland & Knight:
“A recent MPF program in New York on strategy in professional firms presented provocative survey data which reveals striking differences between UK and North American firms and between CPA and law firms. Understanding why and what this means for the future should be of great interest to all professional service firm leaders in a global economy." More…
Click HERE to attend the London presentation of the findings of the strategy setting process survey on 13 November over breakfast at Grant Thornton with David Maxwell and members of the MPF research committee.
MPF Awards: 2007 winners revealed

Leading professional services firm, Allen & Overy, took on the best in Europe and triumphed by winning three categories at the MPF 2007 European Practice Management Awards held in London (October 10). Commented Managing Partner, David Morley: "I am genuinely proud of the projects that have been recognised by MPF.  It is great to see our industry being recognised for improving its approach to management and setting new standards."


Property consultancy CB Richard Ellis won the prestigious Exceptional Achievement Award. Delighted with the news, Mike Strong, Chairman and CEO of CBRE EMEA, commented: “We are delighted to have received this award from the MPF, and the recognition it carries with it of all within CBRE who have contributed to making our vision of becoming a global player a reality."

Tony Angel of Linklaters was voted winner of the Lifetime Achievement award by MPF members for his outstanding contribution to the professionalism of management in the professions.

To watch a tribute to Tony Angel Click here
Commented MPF Chair, Nigel Knowles of DLA Piper: “The MPF Awards showcase the professionalism that business advisers are exhibiting in managing their own firms. The days of the well meaning amateur are truly over.”

Watch the video of Nigel Knowles, filmed at the MPF 2007 European Practice Management Awards.
MPF events: Forthcoming meetings and previous event reports
Missed an MPF meeting in your region? See previous event reports written by MPF members HERE
See local committee page for MPF activities in your region: London, Midlands, New York, North West, Scotland and South West
Forthcoming meetings of the MPF and its Panels:

MPF South West - Wednesday 7 November (Breakfast)
Leadership - Motivating your people to enhance business performance

MPF London - Thursday 8 November (Breakfast)

Leadership - Why good management isn't enough in today's firms

MPF International Panel - New York - Tuesday 13 November (Breakfast)

Integrating Laterals - Is your firm leaving money on the table?

MPF London - Tuesday 13 November (Breakfast)
Unwrapping the strategy setting process at professional firms.

MPF International Panel - London – Wednesday 14 November (Breakfast)
Building value through engaging people
(in the international office)

MPF Human Resources Panel – London - Tuesday 20 November (Breakfast)
Diversity - How far have we come and what's next?

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