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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
Stefano Salvadeo on how to reduce utility bills in Italy
Energy costs are a major concern for businesses in Italy: close to two in five business leaders expect rising energy costs to hinder growth over the next 12 months (38%) according to our Q1 International Business Report (IBR) results. This is above the global (35%) and EU (31%) averages and reflects the higher price of energy in Italy compared with the rest of Europe.
Over the years local lawmakers have passed regulations aimed at easing the tax burden for energy-intensive companies rather than lowering energy production costs. This has restricted energy supply, at the same time as subsidising demand, raising prices.
The threat of a vicious circle is now very real. With the economy and labour markets continuing to struggle, consumers and businesses are desperate for lower prices now, rather than in the future. This acts as a major disincentive for governments to take the long term perspective needed to support the move to greener energy sources, potentially leading to higher future prices as fossil fuels become harder to procure.
Clearly, tax exemption is not the answer. Structural interventions in the medium term aimed at reducing the cost of production are key to lighter energy bills. Cleantech businesses in Italy also need financing support. Access to credit is perhaps the biggest constraint they are facing, aside from pervading economic uncertainty, particularly with respect to energy saving projects. Such projects do not generate cash flows as such, but rather they reduce costs and are therefore really difficult for banks and other investors to evaluate.
We also need to think about promoting policies that reduce energy consumption rather than cutting incentives for businesses investing in renewables. Well-targeted, well-thought out energy efficiency policies can help reduce the amount of energy consumers and businesses are using. Take the real estate and construction sector for example; in Italy, buildings consume twice as much energy as the average European property. I would also like to see more investment in energy saving technologies.
Politicians prefer to talk about large renewables incentive schemes, rather than energy saving measures, but this is a lost opportunity. Energy saving measures have the potential to lower energy demand and therefore prices, lowering business costs and increasing consumer spending power. In other words, a great way to get the Italian economy growing again.
Stefano Salvadeo is a partner and head of advisory at Bernoni Grant Thornton.