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Friday, 02 July 2010 16:30



Following its share suspension on the AIM market on 14 June 2010, Vantis plc, former member of HLB International, confirmed on 30 June that it has entered administration and that its operating units have been sold to 3rd parties or acquired through management buy-outs.

HLB International can confirm that it is in discussions with prospective member firms in the UK to replace Vantis plc and will be updating its international members. It is also aiming to strengthen the UK's positioning within HLB through the establishment of a federation of UK-based firms, similar to its successful federations in a number of other member firm countries.

HLB International chief executive Rob Tautges said: "It is our highest priority to ensure stability in the UK and to protect our member firm interests. We have been monitoring the situation for months and are currently in discussions with several prospective firms in the UK.

He added: "Expanding the UK presence to improve geographic coverage will be more easily achieved without having to rely on the expansion plans of a publicly-held company.

"Our initial discussions with sizeable and reputable chartered accounting firms across the UK are proceeding well; the value of the HLB brand is established in the UK and HLB's global member firms  are well-respected  for responsive, timely and high-quality service."

HLB International has continued to build on its global expansion and coverage in the first half of 2010 and in the past two months has announced its first member firm in Zambia, a second member firm in Japan and two member firms in Norway as well as a significant acquisition of a US tax practice by one of HLB's US member firms.



HLB International

Rob Tautges, chief executive officer             + 44 (0) 20 7881 1100   

James Frost, chief operating officer              + 44 (0) 20 7881 1100                           

PR - Pelham Bell Pottinger

Polly Fergusson/Sarah Bagnall                     +44 (0) 20 7861 3923


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