Surveys and studies

The Financial Services Future: Transforming an industry

In partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, Mazars has developed a unique programme of thought leadership to examine the current challenges the Financial Services industry is facing. The series of articles focuses on the current transformation of the financial services industry and its likely shape in the future from three different but related perspectives: technological, regulatory and business model transformation.

Venturing Abroad

The Economist Intelligence Unit wrote a series of articles sponsored by Mazars focusing on five challenges facing SMEs venturing abroad for the first time. Indeed, the challenges of operating in an unfamiliar environment are daunting, but offer tremendous potential.

2017 Mazars Global Water Risk Survey

Is your business taking water for granted? Today's water might be tomorrow's oil. In 2016 alone, they may be facing $14 billion of water-related impacts. This is more than five times the $2.6 billion reported the previous year*.

2016 study : How are major European construction groups performing?

It is obvious that 2015 marked a slight recovery for our sample of major construction groups with an upturn in business and improved operating margins. Growth continues at both sectoral and geographic levels, with a boost in the energy and services sector and growth in business outside of Europe. However, companies are still affected by developments in their domestic markets, as can be seen in France, where construction groups are impacted by a still-sluggish home market.

Services expenses - from vulnerability to minimized tax exposure

In the last year, there has been an increase in the activity of the tax authorities, including both in-depth tax audits and specific tax audits related to a particular tax or issue, usually finalized with tax assessment decisions and inspection reports establishing material additional tax liabilities.

The financial communication of insurance groups: focus on Solvency II

Over the years, financial communication has become an essential aspect of promoting the activities of large insurance groups. The exercise has particular salience this year with the arrival of the European Solvency II Directive, introducing far-reaching changes in the matter of capital requirements and risk management. Against this background, we have taken a closer look at the information available on Solvency II, the major issue in financial communication in 2015.

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