How can your growth strategy evolve faster than the market?

Many companies are setting their strategy against a flawed view of the markets in which they compete. How sure are CEOs that their current growth strategy will achieve a competitive advantage and sustainable value over the next two to three years? In this article, we look at how to understand a company’s true competitive position, … More How can your growth strategy evolve faster than the market?

How you should align your acquisition approach with your growth strategy

Customizing M&A diligence and integration priorities to a specific deal rationale promotes long-term growth. Companies often apply the same M&A diligence and integration playbooks to all deals, rather than tailoring activities to the strategic rationale behind the particular transaction. As more than half (52%) of companies expect to actively pursue M&A in the next 12 … More How you should align your acquisition approach with your growth strategy

How to beat the mid-market cyber attackers

Mid-market companies may not think they are a target for cyber crime, but they are actually at the top of the list. According to the October 2019 EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer, the biggest fear that middle-market companies have about cybersecurity is reputational damage. Second on the list is operational disruption. This is no surprise, given … More How to beat the mid-market cyber attackers

What the Brexit immigration implications are for the Financial Services sector

The Financial Services and FinTech industry relies on talent from outside the UK; therefore, uncertainty surrounding the UK leaving the EU remains a concern. With nearly four times as many overseas migrants working in UK FinTech organizations versus the UK workforce in its entirety, it’s imperative that FinTech organisations assess and identify their reliance on … More What the Brexit immigration implications are for the Financial Services sector

Four trends shaping digital transformation in 2019 and beyond

Business leaders say they are under pressure to transform, and quickly. Four trends suggest where they will be focusing their efforts. What’s driving competitive advantage in future business models? In the conversations with business leaders at SAPPHIRE NOW this year, we heard four common trends that suggest where companies’ efforts could be headed in the … More Four trends shaping digital transformation in 2019 and beyond

Five steps to manage contract separation during divestitures

Effectively managing third-party supplier and customer contract separation is a critical task for CFOs and supply-chain leaders. A typical divestiture includes hundreds or thousands of supplier and customer contracts that need to be correctly assigned to the company being divested (DivestCo). Whether a carve-out sale or tax-free spin, separating contracts may take up to 12 … More Five steps to manage contract separation during divestitures

The Interbank Offered Rate (IBOR) transition has started

Is the swiss industry ready for the world without IBOR and how does the alternative look like? The EY industry roundtable held on 18th September in Geneva was an excellent opportunity to measure the IBOR transition progress of the Swiss market. We have gathered more than 75 participants representing diverse types of institutions, functions and … More The Interbank Offered Rate (IBOR) transition has started

How AI is reshaping the document review and processing landscape

Fast-growing AI-powered document intelligence solutions are helping companies overcome a number of challenges.  According to IDC, worldwide spending on artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive systems will reach US $57.6 billion by 2021, an illustration of just how quickly AI technologies are finding homes in mainstream use cases. One such use case is document review and … More How AI is reshaping the document review and processing landscape

Global IPO trends: Q3 2019

An increasing number of companies are waiting to go public, and they will be ready to move quickly when markets recover. The backlog of high-quality IPOs continues to grow as issuers await more favorable market conditions, pushing IPO activity down across many markets in Q3 2019 compared with Q3 2018. Overall, 256 IPOs came to … More Global IPO trends: Q3 2019

How diversification is remodeling utilities’ growth strategies

Decarbonization, digitalization and decentralized energy systems are shaping a new energy and utility world, forcing power and utility (P&U) companies to set up new strategies. They have to transform their business models to meet the demands of a world in which customers can generate and trade electricity among themselves; where nontraditional new entrants from the … More How diversification is remodeling utilities’ growth strategies