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.
2015 saw the introduction of new VAT rules for iGaming operators. Mazars Malta, in an attempt to gauge the effect of such changes on local iGaming operators, has independently carried out market research via one-to-one interviews with key players in the gaming market.
Mazars recognises digitisation as an important topic for the financial services industry; for this reason, we have developed a content programme with the Economist Intelligence Unit that focuses on how banks, insurance and real estate businesses are adapting their risk and reporting procedures to the new digital environment.
As part of the content program on digital finance that Mazars has launched in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, we are exploring in a new article how mobile money is driving Africa’s cashless future.
Deeply involved in the Media industry and determined to provide Industry Executives with a better overview of the trends and challenges impacting the sector, Mazars has published a media barometer since 2011 analyzing the financial performance and the risk factors disclosed on the annual reports of the 100 largest publicly-listed media companies in North America and Europe.
This new study, prepared by Mazars with inputs from Insurance Network participants, aims at identifying the differences between financial reports, management reports and Integrated reports and then to present the industry best practices in terms of reporting and communication.
Corporate Governance codes should avoid becoming a ‘tick- box’ exercise and encourage a longer term view of business performance. A new report from Mazars, EcoDa and ECGCN highlights some of the issues arising from the diversity of corporate governance codes in the EU states. Launched at the European Commission in Brussels, ‘Corporate governance, compliance and monitoring systems across the EU’ reviews how the ‘comply or explain’ principle is being applied across the EU and the potential for the code to drive further improvements in corporate governance.
Over the years, financial communication has become an essential element in promoting the activities of large groups, especially for insurers, with their particular business model.
A performance study of the EU SME sector for the period 2008 to 2013
Mazars’ study ‘How to be a Stand-out SME: Learning from the EU’ provides analysis, insights, learnings and guidance to SMEs no matter where in the world they are operating. The study highlights the similarities and differences of SME performance in Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK. It explores what it takes to achieve levels of superior performance, to compete in the market place and effectively “stand out from the crowd”.
Sixty-one percent of European women believe they have no exact ideas of actions the European Union is implementing in favour of gender equality.