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jeanstephens.pngAs 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

Davos: Shining a spotlight on gender inequality

5 February 2018
Gender equality and diversity were hot topics at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Not only did we see the French President, Emmanuel Macron, call on business leaders, politicians and individuals to work together on gender equality, Justin Trudeau also urged world leaders to tackle gender inequality, stating that employers must hire and promote more women not because it is a nice thing to do, but because it is the smart thing to do.  A blog by Jean Stephens, CEO, RSM.

Understanding cybersecurity and the operational risks of cryptocurrency

24 January 2018
The regulatory environment and the operational and security risks are vitally important when investing in cryptocurrencies. While the price fluctuation for bitcoin, a type of cryptocrrency, garnered significant public interest in 2017, many fundamental questions remain on this subject. Questions such as: What are cryptocurrencies? Why are they so popular? And what are the key risks and challenges of investing in them right now?

RSM Canada: A new way of doing business

21 December 2017
As countries around the world seem to be looking inwards, Canada remains open.  Toronto is one of the most diverse cities globally. With half of the total population born outside of Canada, the city has created cultural ties around the world. The city also houses companies from a wide variety of industries – from real estate to manufacturing to film.

7 steps: How CPAs can prepare for auditing in the future

11 December 2017
Seven actionable steps to help auditors understand how they can best assess and address the changes to come. From Bob Dohrer, Global Leader - Quality and Risk, RSM, and Will Bible, a partner and audit innovation leader with Deloitte & Touche LLP.

NAFTA, Brexit and the future of the middle market

8 December 2017
Middle market businesses need to prepare for the shifts of international commerce. At the same time the US President is seeking to change NAFTA, the UK is seeking to exit the largest trading bloc in the world, the European Union. The threat of renegotiated trade deals brings a risk of increased tariffs on exports and stricter regulations.

BEPS and beyond: tax issues to watch out for

16 November 2017
When it comes to tax affairs, the biggest fear among clients is of committing an offence by accident. This article outlines a number of key tax areas to watch out for, including BEPS, US tax reform and the Paradise Papers. 

Germany’s insular coalition negotiations adding to insecurities for the Mittelstand

8 November 2017
Chancellor Merkel may have won the election but she now faces a new political landscape in Germany, one that is increasingly inward looking. A nationalist right-wing party has become the parliament’s third largest party. At the same time, the Chancellor finds herself in tricky coalition negotiations with the Green and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), all of which is adding a level of insecurity for the German Mittelstand.

RSM holds innovation-led World Conference in Berlin

3 November 2017
Last month we held the annual RSM World Conference in Berlin, Germany. The conference hosted over 300 leaders from across the global network, with the theme of ‘No Limits’. Over three days, the conference agenda explored new initiatives and creative thinking approaches, fresh ideas for our client-led services and management practices, as well as sharing our valuable knowledge and expertise – all focused on continually embracing new and innovative ways of working in order to exceed our targets and the expectations of our clients.

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 organisations.

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.

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