Whether you’re a UK company expanding to North America, or a business from across the pond, entering the UK market, our North America Group has the relevant experience and connections through our Moore Global Network to provide a seamless transatlantic service.
Having set up our affiliate firm in Los Angeles, Kingston Smith Barlevi, we have over three decades’ experience working with clients on both sides of the Atlantic.
What our clients say
“Moore Kingston Smith has worked with Urban Outfitters, the US-based global fashion retailer, since it opened its first shop in the UK in 1998. Moore Kingston Smith are excellent at understanding our business and what we need, and tailoring the advice they give exactly for us. It’s important that I have someone available to validate and double-check any technical issues that come up, but I’ve also found that Moore Kingston Smith are very good at providing the more practical, less technical advice too.”
Andy Hemmingway, EU Controller, Urban Outfitters
We are active members across multiple chapters within the British American Business Council including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
A recommended firm
We’re also official inward investment partners of London & Partners and a recommended firm from the Department for International Trade and work closely with their teams to strengthen the business relationships between North America and the UK.
Serial entrepreneur and CEO of fintech company YayPay Anthony Venus explains his decision for splitting management between New York and London.
“If you want to run an international business, the UK is probably set up better for it than most. While the US is a large exciting market, its size can mean people can become consumed by serving the US market. This is in stark contrast to the UK, which is a substantial but smaller market so people tend to become very international in their mindset.”
“If you can do business in the US, you can do it in the UK; it’s not that different so it’s the obvious choice to twin with,” Anthony says.
In October 2019, Anthony moved to the UK and split the management team between the East Coast of the US and the UK. Rather than manage the strategic undertaking internally, YayPay chose to work with Moore Kingston Smith to facilitate the process.
Washington DC based iDiscovery Solutions founder and CEO Dan chose London as the firm’s first international office. He admits the language made things easier, but is quick to point out that English can be spoken in most of the world, and so was drawn to the talent pool for his growth plans.
The practicalities of setting up a new office are important – and can be tricky when it’s in a different country. “The endorsement by a client of ours gave us initial comfort in working with Moore Kingston Smith; however I can now say that we developed trust directly as a result of their full-service offering.” Dan explains that Moore Kingston Smith assisted iDiscovery with all aspects of its move to London, including banking, recommendations on office space and other professional services.
iDiscovery expanded organically, though acquisitions had been considered. “Expanding through M&A may have been faster, but the way we’ve done it ensures we have the right people and can focus on our culture and the brand.” It’s clear Coronavirus hasn’t slowed iDiscovery down, with Dan suggesting there are more international offices on the cards. “London is a stepping stone to the rest of the UK.”