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Business risk services
The relationship between a company and its auditor has changed. Organisations must understand and manage risk and seek an appropriate balance between risk and opportunities.
As organisations become increasingly dependent on digital technology, the opportunities for cyber criminals continue to grow.
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At Grant Thornton, we have a wealth of knowledge in forensic services and can support you with issues such as dispute resolution, fraud and insurance claims.
Mergers and acquisitions
Globalisation and company growth ambitions are driving an increase in M&A activity worldwide. We work with entrepreneurial businesses in the mid-market to help them assess the true commercial potential of their planned acquisition and understand how the purchase might serve their longer- term strategic goals.
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Workable solutions to maximise your value and deliver sustainable recovery
Transactional advisory services
We can support you throughout the transaction process – helping achieve the best possible outcome at the point of the transaction and in the longer term.
We provide a wide range of services to recovery and reorganisation professionals, companies and their stakeholders.
The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are a set of global accounting standards developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) for the preparation of public company financial statements. At Grant Thornton, our IFRS advisers can help you navigate the complexity of financial reporting from IFRS 1 to IFRS 17 and IAS 1 to IAS 41.
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Having a robust process of quality control is one of the most effective ways to guarantee we deliver high-quality services to our clients.
Global audit technology
We apply our global audit methodology through an integrated set of software tools known as the Voyager suite.
Corporate and business tax
Our trusted teams can prepare corporate tax files and ruling requests, support you with deferrals, accounting procedures and legitimate tax benefits.
Direct international tax
Our teams have in-depth knowledge of the relationship between domestic and international tax laws.
Global mobility services
Through our global organisation of member firms, we support both companies and individuals, providing insightful solutions to minimise the tax burden for both parties.
Indirect international tax
Using our finely tuned local knowledge, teams from our global organisation of member firms help you understand and comply with often complex and time-consuming regulations.
Innovation and investment incentives
Dynamic businesses must continually innovate to maintain competitiveness, evolve and grow. Valuable tax reliefs are available to support innovative activities, irrespective of your tax profile.
Private client services
Our solutions include dealing with emigration and tax mitigation on the income and capital growth of overseas assets.
The laws surrounding transfer pricing are becoming ever more complex, as tax affairs of multinational companies are facing scrutiny from media, regulators and the public
Tax policies are constantly evolving and there are a number of complex changes on the horizon that could significantly affect your business.
Outsourcing Changes to the Outsourcing legislation, specifically when offshoringSignificant changes to the dynamic of the financial services sector in recent years have shifted the paradigms in how we work. The increased digitisation of the workforce, changes in business models, globalisation, and remote working capabilities have led to a new approach to the delivery of services.
Asset management Inflation and tax planningThe recent onset of rapid inflation is an unwelcome development that is having a widespread impact on US businesses and tax planning.
Rotterdam stands head and shoulders above other European centres of trade as the continent’s biggest and busiest port – with excellent air and land access as well. Its international outlook is built on centuries of tradition as a trading hotspot.
“Rotterdam emerged as a trade hub thanks to its strategic location with easy access to the Rhine on the North Sea,” says Max van Rijssel, partner at Grant Thornton in the Netherlands. “It really is a gateway to Europe. As well as a huge, deepwater port, it is linked to a network of roads, railways and rivers, which means that the major European markets of France, Germany and Belgium – not to mention the UK – are within easy reach. This development has been possible because large ships – up to a depth of 23 metres – have access to the port, with no locks or bridges to navigate.”
Rotterdam’s port is in a process of constant enlargement, with land being reclaimed from the sea to create new terminals. “These new terminals operate with the most modern electrical equipment and help strengthen the city’s position as a global trade hub” Van Rijssel adds.
In addition, there is also a strong petrochemical industry presence with the likes of Shell and Exxon. “We also have a number of shipbuilders active here, and there is a lot of specialised knowledge in process engineering and energy transition.” This latter area is of key importance to Rotterdam, given the environmental impact of some of the heavy industry supported by the city.
A truly international city
Van Rijssel points out that Rotterdam’s history as a trading centre means it has a very international outlook, with a highly capable and very cosmopolitan population. “The city’s inhabitants are well trained and have excellent language skills,” he says, citing the large number of universities and research institutions in the area. “We also have a culture of working hard – there is a saying: in Rotterdam we don’t talk, we just do it.”
Rotterdam is a very modern city, largely because it had to be rebuilt after being bombed during the Second World War. “But now it is firmly on the tourist trail with excellent pubs, restaurants and nightlife, as well as architecture.”
A welcoming tax and customs regime
The city’s excellent logistics are supported by a favourable tax regime for both businesses and individuals, says Theo Ostermann, partner at Grant Thornton in Rotterdam. “Generally speaking, the Netherlands has a favourable tax system with competitive corporate tax rates,” he says. “We have a broad participation exemption for dividends on qualifying shareholdings and an extensive network of bilateral tax treaties. On top of that, it is very straightforward to contact the authorities to apply for tax rulings or to discuss tax treatment.”
Ostermann points out also that the Netherlands has delayed the introduction of EU rules that will prevent non-EU businesses from acting as exporters of record for customs declarations.
“From the perspective of expats, we have a law known as the 30% ruling, so if skilled workers come here, 30% of their salaries can be paid out without taxation,” he says.
“In addition, Rotterdam is always actively looking for opportunities in other jurisdictions to attract new businesses. There are numerous trade missions run by the city as well as the national government. Rotterdam Partners is an organisation set up by the local authority, which can help international businesses find out more about the city’s welcoming business environment.”
Gateway to Europe and the world
For companies looking to do business throughout Europe, Rotterdam is an obvious choice given its pre-eminence as a trading hub, as well as its beneficial tax and export rules, and its highly-skilled, cosmopolitan workforce.
Rotterdam’s trading history and excellent links make it the ideal gateway for companies looking to expand into European markets. To find out more about establishing your business here, contact Max van Rijssel, partner at Grant Thornton in the Netherlands.
Rotterdam quick facts
- Location: The Netherlands
- Time zone: Central European Time GMT +01:00
- Population: 2.3 million (Rotterdam-The Hague metro area)
- GDP: $188 billion (metro area) 
- Industrial strengths: Logistics, shipbuilding, petrochemicals
- Growth sectors: Energy transition
- Regional access: Amsterdam 30 minutes by train; London 1 hour by air; Paris 1 hour 15 minutes; Berlin 1 hour 30 minutes; Milan 1 hour 55 minutes.