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How to successfully integrate mergers and acquisitions

By Scott Whittaker Follow these step-by-step instructions to successfully plan, optimise, and integrate mergers and acquisitions. Most mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers fail to increase shareholder value by the time the deal is done. Reasons include financial mistakes, such as overvaluing the M&A target, and legal shortcomings, such as insufficient due diligence. But even when legal… Read More How to successfully integrate mergers and acquisitions

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The Future of Audit: Corporate reporting and the role of the auditor

An important audit function is, and always has been, providing assurance that corporate reports contain correct and trustworthy information. However the expectation gap between what is being audited and what people believe should be audited is an ongoing issue. We believe there is a demand for enhanced corporate reporting and greater assurance and if we… Read More The Future of Audit: Corporate reporting and the role of the auditor

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China shakes out the welcome mat

Multinational corporations in China have long complained that they are hobbled by red tape, rising costs and a Byzantine legal system. Although foreign direct investment growth is slowing, recent reforms suggest the Mainland will not necessarily lose its lustre. George W. Russell reports By George W Russell E-Mart, a large South Korean supermarket chain, announced its withdrawal from the Chinese… Read More China shakes out the welcome mat

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For the public good

By Marie-Claude Morin Energy, letter mail and liquor boards were set up as government monopolies for good reasons years ago. But are they now relics of an economic past that’s holding us back? Although some countries such as Australia have privatized many of their government corporations, such enterprises are still very present in the global… Read More For the public good

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Growing Pains

Mid-tier firms are finding that size does matter, as they respond to a stricter compliance environment and try to get their heads, and hands, around big data. Hong Kong’s mid-tier firms are experiencing growing pains. Bridging the gap in the market between small audit-based accounting firms and the increasingly advisory-focused space the Big Four occupy,… Read More Growing Pains

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The road map to where?

By Rob Lant The ubiquity of the satnav can give the impression that the humble road map is redundant, a thing of the past. But sometimes, such as when you are planning a long journey, it’s helpful to see the big picture – to understand not just the next turn but see the route in… Read More The road map to where?