Considering Going Global? How to Support Your Clients’ International Ambitions and Expansion
International business and “going global” can be a lucrative opportunity for your clients as well as your own advisory services practice. What key factors should your clients be considering? How can you position your firm to best support clients in assessing their options? What risks does ‘going global’ present and how can you work to support your clients in mitigating such risks?
This course will provide a strong introduction for accountancy firms looking to provide value-added advisory services to their clients in the key areas of international political, economic and financial risk. Instructors will discuss important resources and tools which can assist you and your clients as you embark on the journey that is international growth, helping you to avoid many of the common pitfalls and missteps that challenge companies looking to go global.
Understand the importance and impact of political, economic and financial country context on successful international business expansion and development
Identify and utilize key resources and tools for assessing political, economic, and financial country contexts on behalf of clients
Recognize the political, economic and financial ‘red flags’ which could stifle business growth
Identify and utilize key services and support for minimizing risk and supporting client engagement abroad
– Political Environment
Surveying the political climate
Stability of current political and security conditions.
Understanding politics, ruling political parties, and political systems.
Gaining insight into relevant elections / legislative/regulatory changes.
Identifying key political ‘red flags’
Incidences of violence / repression
US / Country Sanctions, United Nations Sanctions
Understanding political impact on business / expansion
Historical view of US / country relations and view of US involvement and business dealings.
Exploring the concepts of ’property’ and ‘ownership’ – understanding legal recourse and your rights.
What is the potential for political protests? Business halting activities?
Is it possible to obtain political risk insurance (MIGA, OPIC, private risk insurers, e.g. Swiss Re) to mitigate such risks?
Resources and tools for gaining insight into country political environment and risk
US Department of State – Country Profiles (Fact Sheets) / Latest News and Information
World Bank Group
CIA World Factbook
International Crisis Group
– Economic Environment
Assessing economic conditions in country / region
Identifying key legislation
Understanding the importance of trade agreements / policies
Comprehending the degree of openness to trade and foreign interests
US Chamber of Commerce/Bilateral Country Chambers, e.g. French-American Chamber of Commerce — maximizing resources, networks and opportunities
US International Trade Administration, US Commercial Service, US Trade and Development Agency
Determining degree of economic impact on business / expansion efforts
Is your business in a growing industry?
Is there significant local demand or sufficient input (human as well as raw material) into production?
How are current (national / regional / global) policies likely to affect your business?
Resources and tools for gaining insight into national economic conditions
National economic plans / vision
World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostics
World Bank Country Partnership Framework
IMF Article IV Consultations/ Surveillance
– Financial Environment
What is the financial reporting environment like in the country?
What are the requirements for accounting / auditing in the country?
What is the basis of accounting and auditing in the country?
What are the requirements for publication of financial information?
To what degree are local professional skills / abilities equivalent to your US-based staff?
Determining the degree of financial environment impact on business / expansion efforts
What level of risk does relying on foreign professionals / offices carry?
To what degree can financial information created abroad be relied upon?
What additional costs may be incurred in order to ensure a reduction in financial risk.
Resources and tools for gaining insight into national financial conditions
World Bank AA ROSC
IFAC Country Profiles
IASB Country Profiles
Who Should Attend
Accountancy and advisory service firms looking to provide value-added advisory services and support to their clients seeking to expand their operations abroad. This course will cover the key areas of international political, economic and financial country contexts and the importance and impact on business expansion trade.
Fields of Study
Business Learning Institute
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