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Hull McGuire Will Edit Book On International Business Terms

Pittsburgh/Washington, D.C., 9/26/2000  -  Hull McGuire PC, a business law firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will serve as general editors of a book which identifies, explains, and compares corporate symbols and business terminology used in approximately 30 countries.  The book will be available both in print and on the world wide web by January 2001.

The book, tentatively entitled IBLC Business Entity Reference Book, will be published by the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC), an organization of law and accounting firms in 80 countries, which is headquartered in Salzburg, Austria.  The IBLC book will translate into English and summarize:  (1) corporate symbols and other indicia which appear in the names of corporations and other businesses worldwide -- such as "GmbH" (Germany), "S.A." (Bolivia, Brazil, Spain) and "Oy" (Finland); and (2) other terms often used in business documents and discussions internationally.  Lawyers or accountants with IBLC member firms who wrote sections for specific jurisdictions will be responsible for updating any changes in their jurisdiction, and will be identified in the IBLC book so that users can contact them directly.

"The book's purpose is to provide a quick and usable on-line reference guide to business terminologies worldwide," said Dan Hull, a Hull McGuire shareholder, who will share the general editor duties with Elisa Recht Marlin, an associate with Hull McGuire, who is also a CPA.  "Even sophisticated international practitioners tend to be familiar with business terms in just a few countries involved in their particular practices," Hull continued.

According to Hull, countries and jurisdictions which will appear in the initial publication of the IBLC book are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Channel Islands, China, Cyprus, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

The IBLC was established in 1995 by the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), also based in Salzburg, Austria, to assist law and accounting firms in participating in CILS's publishing, conference, study, professional development, research and fellowship programs.  IBLC membership is extended by the CILS so that one member firm per category (law or accounting) is admitted per city, state or province.  The IBLC's 80 member firms exchange ideas and try to serve clients more effectively globally.  Each year the IBLC hosts eight programs on international business law at different venues throughout the world.


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