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Global private equity report 2014/15

24 Nov 2014

In the post global financial crisis phase, the question being asked more than ever is: how can private equity deliver its value-added promises?  The fourth edition of the Grant Thornton Private Equity Report, an annual survey of 175 senior industry practitioners around the globe, finds a new focus on returns rather than entry multiples; secondary buyouts increasing in importance; and thirdly the significance of management in delivering the new plan. 

Mining M&A expected to double as market elements align

05 Nov 2014

According to a new Grant Thornton report, the mining sector will herald a new era in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a near perfect alignment of factors takes place. Following a slow period for transactions, in which last year’s deal volumes failed to breach the $90bn mark , Grant Thornton’s research and analysis suggests that a fertile environment will next year lead to a doubling in the value of M&A in the mining sector compared to 2013

Growing business focus on sustainability in emerging markets

01 Oct 2014

With momentum building towards the UN Climate Change Conference in Peru, new figures from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR), a survey of 2,500 companies in 34 economies, reveal that businesses leaders in emerging markets are more focused on the sustainability of their operations compared with peers in developed markets.

Businesses calling for global agreement on tax planning and updated tax rules for a modern, digital economy

15 Sep 2014

As the OECD prepares to deliver the first phase of its BEPS action plan in Australia this week, the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a survey of 2,500 senior executives in 34 economies, finds the majority of businesses calling for more transparency on acceptable planning, updated tax rules for a modern, digital economy and the harmonisation of global corporation tax rates.

Start-up to IPO

14 Sep 2014

If your business is at the vital intersection between being ‘medium-sized’ and ‘enterprise-level’, chances are you’ve considered the IPO as a viable option. Going down this route can not only have a liberating impact on your company’s cashflow but can also set you on a path to exponential growth and success. SME Advisor is delighted to present the views of Hisham Farouk, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton UAE.

The European audit reform leads way to change which could also benefit the UAE

24 Aug 2014

Earlier this year, Grant Thornton International welcomed the European Parliament’s approval of the Regulation and Directive to reform the European audit market, which will substantially address investor concerns over auditor communication, long tenure, and excessive volume of non-audit services.

Good CSR makes good business sense

13 Aug 2014

A survey of 2,500 businesses in 34 economies finds that businesses are being driven towards more socially and environmentally sustainable practices not simply by brand building or altruism, but because it makes good financial sense. The research, from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) also shows that an increasing number of companies report on sustainability while a majority now view integrated reporting as best practice.

Listings and mergers boost tech sector growth prospect

12 Aug 2014

New figures from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveal the highest levels of confidence ever recorded among the global technology community. Expectations for greater profitability and employment are also rising.

Across the borders

12 Aug 2014

Leading expert Hisham Farouk, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton UAE shares his view on international expansion, growth strategies and diminishing trade barriers.

Bridging the gap in private M&A transactions - from a MENA perspective

23 Jul 2014

The increased appetite for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is prevalent at both a regional and global level.