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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.

UAE: the case for business

22 Jul 2014

The UAE economy rose by 20.8% in 2012 to US$360 billion supported by diverse sector strength, ranking it third in the Middle East and 30th in the world.

Grant Thornton expands through M&A

16 Jul 2014

Grant Thornton announced expansion in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Cyprus and the Isle of Man, following 17 successfully completed mergers and acquisitions around the world in the seven months to 30 April 2014.

Grant Thornton UAE becomes a DMCC approved reviewer

13 Jul 2014

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre is a free zone authority for the Jumeirah Lake Tower Free Zone. It was established in 2002 (by royal decree) as a strategic initiative of the government of Dubai with a mandate to provide the physical, market and financial infrastructure required to set up a commodity market place in Dubai.