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We specialize in personal, independent introductions to relevant professional service providers such as business location strategy consultants and our many economic development contacts according to the project interests of the executives we serve.   

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The directory below focuses on professional services related to corporate development, finance, and strategy in general, such as to define the larger context in which global direct investment decisions are made, including potential alliances and M&A deals, as well as issues such as political and economic risk analysis.

We will disclose any active participants in our work as shown in the table for Location Consultants .

This directory will highlight links for any active participants in the GUIDE Network, such as to specific contacts and standardized GUIDE Service Profiles about the scope of their services, capabilities, and feedback from investors.

The presence or absence of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about ours.   The selections are just intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach them or their websites quickly.

Please note that it generally is not viable to include more direct "deep links" to the relevant services of the large accounting and tax firms on their websites, because those addresses change too frequently.  Instead, refer to our Search: International Tax tool.

We may also identify other contacts of potential interest on a selective basis, for the convenient reference of the executives we serve, as in the case of the following initial examples which have no direct affiliation with our services.

Organization Name, Description Website Contact
Public Accounting and Professional Advisory Services / Management Consulting see also : corporate tax directory  
PricewaterhouseCoopers - "Big Four" public accounting, audit/assurance, tax, and advisory services  
Deloitte & Touche - "Big Four" public accounting, audit/assurance, tax, and advisory services   
Ernst & Young - "Big Four" public accounting, audit/assurance, tax, and advisory services  
KPMG - "Big Four" public accounting, audit/assurance, tax, and advisory services  
Grant Thornton - middle market tax & advisory services   
Horwath International - middle market tax & advisory services  
BDO International - US member firm is BDO Seidman LLP -middle market tax & advisory services  
RSM McGladrey - middle market tax & advisory services  
Virchow, Krause & Company LLP - certified public accountants and consultants  
Management and Strategic Consulting, Corporate Advisory Services, HR consulting see also Human Resources directory Contact
Arthur D. Little  
Booz Allen Hamilton - strategy and technology consulting  
Boston Consulting Group  
Bain & Company  
BearingPoint - management and technology consultants  
Eurasia Group - has an alliance with PricewaterhouseCoopers for global political risk management consulting services  
GBN - Global Business Network - future scenario consulting and training services; WorldView membership services for participating organizations.  Specialized in scenario planning methodologies to deal with global uncertainties, risk analysis, and the process of challenging conventional thinking about the future being predictable from the past  see also Monitor  
Hewitt Associates  
IBM Business Consulting Services link  
A.T. Kearney  
Kroll - part of MMC - security and risk analysis  
Lippincott - design and brand strategy consulting - part of Oliver Wyman Group  
Mercer - part of MMC - "human capital" consulting - health & benefits, retirement  
MMC companies = Marsh, Mercer, Kroll, Guy Carpenter, Oliver Wyman  
Navigant Consulting    
Nera Economic Consulting - part of MMC  
Oliver Wyman Group - part of MMC      
Renarc Group - consulting services related to global strategy, organizational performance, leadership development and talent management, particularly to assist companies as they expand globally  
Strategic Decisions Group - SDG  
Towers Perrin - people, risk, and performance management, HR  
Watson Wyatt Worldwide - human capital and financial management consulting  
Financial services, banks, investment banking, insurance, merger & acquisition services (M&A)   Contact
Citibank (note services in emerging markets worldwide)  
CIT Group - middle market financial services include commercial & industrial real estate finance in USA, Canada, and other countries  
Goldman Sachs  
Guy Carpenter - part of MMC - reinsurance intermediary  
HSBC (The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd.)  
Marsh - insurance services, political risk, etc. - part of MMC    
Morgan Stanley - investment banking, corporate advisory services

and an illustration of their global presence

State Street "FX Connect" - foreign exchange trading, GlobalLink   
Union Bank of California - global custody services  
Publishers and other information sources for global corporate development strategy and finance See : Research and Associations & Publishers  
Anything Research - industry research reports drawn from government databases about market size, trends, financials, employment statistics  
The Banker  
BankScope - bank financial data and analysis, Bureau van Dijk  
CFO Magazine  
Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc  
fDi magazine - Foreign Direct Investment.  See fDi Links to search back issues.  
Global Finance magazine - frequent features about leading banks, and special country reports about political - economic and finance issues  
Global Insight, Inc. - including what was formerly known as DRI (Data Resources Inc., which was part of McGraw Hill's Standard & Poor's services) and WEFA (Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates), as well as Primark Decision Economics (formerly part of Thomson Financial), specializing in global economic and financial market information and analytical and advisory services.

SRI Consulting Business Intelligence - employee-owned consulting spin-off from the Stanford Research Institute  
SRI International - which also has a Policy Division providing Science, Technology, and Economic Development services, based in Washington DC, relevant to the economic development profession  

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