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squarejeanjp2.jpgAs CEO of RSM, I’m always on the move working with RSM member firms in over 100 countries around the world. My travel gives me a unique perspective on both local challenges facing businesses and global trends shaping their future in a shifting economic landscape.

International accountancy has always been a fast-paced, exciting and rewarding industry. As technical as it may seem, our industry is also very much a people business. Through this blog, I plan on sharing with you  insights from my colleagues, our clients and other industry leaders which I hope you find interesting. And of course, I will keep you updated with news from within the RSM World.

I hope you enjoy reading.

Jean Stephens

Mapping out your approach to BEPS

16 October 2017
A guest blog by Rob Mander, International Tax Services, RSM . The international tax systems of the last decade haven’t kept up with the changing nature and pace of multinational groups of companies. In a world where so much business is conducted across borders, it is important that legislation and, more specifically, tax authorities have sufficient sight of the global allocation of income within multinational.

European tax base dividing German industry and politics ahead of elections

22 September 2017
Germany finds itself in an unusual scenario in handling the proposed European Common Consolidated Tax Base (CCTB). Whilst there is unity amongst most of the country’s political parties, the proposed CCTB is in opposition to the preference of German business and industry, which usually finds representation in one of the parties. Harmonising the exchange of information between European tax authorities on the one hand, whilst relieving the pressure on the German Mittelstand on the other by promising not to raise taxes, appears to be incompatible.

Innovation through collaboration

19 September 2017
Successful companies, particularly those in a growth phase, share a common characteristic: the dedication and commitment of their employees. 

The gig economy isn’t holding back and the middle market shouldn’t either

29 August 2017
With companies like Deliveroo and Uber bedding into our lives, the gig economy has revolutionised the way people are working and therefore the way workplaces are structured. Middle market businesses need stay ahead of the curve, using their strengths to their advantage where large corporations can’t, by reacting and revisiting their business practices to adhere to this new way of working.

GDPR: The game-changer businesses don’t know about

11 August 2017
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to be the biggest shake-up to data privacy legislation in a generation. The regulation comes into force in May 2018 and will affect businesses across the globe. Steven Snaith, Partner, RSM UK and Nicola Colleran, Technology Consulting Director, RSM Ireland comment.

Collaborative leadership drives change: a regional conference round-up

3 August 2017
We have just completed our regional conference season, with gatherings in Seoul, Dubai, Panama City, Malta and finally Johannesburg. Here, RSM International's CEO, Jean Stephens, shares her reflections from the conferences and how the different economic challenges are influencing the work we do with our clients

One year on from Brexit

20 July 2017
When the UK voted to end its membership of the European Union, a new word ’Brexit’ entered the international lexicon. In a brief period of time, this word has become synonymous with political and economic uncertainty. With Brexit negotiations finally underway, neither the UK nor the EU are any closer to establishing what the final outcome will be. These uncertainties therefore continue to erode business confidence and impact business activity.

When it comes to cyber, 'underinsured' means 'underprepared'

13 July 2017
A blog by Michael Shatter, Director of Risk Assurance Services, RSM Australia. Throughout the evolution of cyber insurance one thing has become clear; defence barriers can never be fully impenetrable and therefore, you are never fully protected. This is what makes insurance the back bone of cyber protection. Organisations of all sizes need to invest in security procedures and tools to make the business as resilient as possible. 'Underinsured' means 'underprepared'. 

“Brexit means Brexit” but what does that mean for the middle market?

21 June 2017
Before the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, called a snap election in April, she made a pledge to the electorate that “Brexit means Brexit”, putting the UK on course for a hard Brexit. Theresa May promised certainty when she called the election, but the resulting hung parliament has reopened the debate about what a deal with the EU could look like.

Cyber threat has no borders

15 May 2017
The ransomware cyber-attack that took place in May 2017 was unprecedented in scale and affected more that 230,000 computers in 150 countries. The indiscriminate attack on hospitals and government agencies exploited known vulnerabilities in old systems of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Cyber security now supersedes all technology risks for businesses, and this attack shows many have not yet responded to the threat. Some markets boast sophisticated technology and regulations, while others have restricted access to digital infrastructure. No matter where you look, however, there is one constant. In the arms race between cyber criminals and experts, neither party ever draws far ahead.

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