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Stock-Market Frenzy Offers Some CFOs a Chance to Cash In

From WSJ: The recent surge in some company stocks is providing finance executives with a sudden window of opportunity to tap new sources of funding. But not all of them are likely to cash in, as it takes time to prepare an equity sale, and businesses risk raising the ire of regulators if the share price crashes after a fundraising round. Corporate advisers say more companies have asked about how to prepare for a potential equity sale or another fundraising ...
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Corporate tax policy in the EU – key priorities and Q&A

From the IAFEI December 2020 Quarterly Bulletin. Prepared by the CFE Tax Technology Committee. Submitted to the EU Commission Platform for Tax Good Governance. CFE Tax Advisors Europe Is a leading European Association of tax institutes and associations of tax advisors. CFE is part of the European Union Transparency Register No. 3543183647-05. we will be pleased to answer any questions you may have concerning our opinion statement. For further information, please contact Piergiorgio Valente, CFE President, of Aleksandar Ivanovski, tax ...
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New Africa-wide association set to boost CFO role in Africa

With a continent increasingly characterised by corporate scandals, cyber threats, new technology, transparency requirements and an ever-changing regulatory environment, the demands on the modern CFO have become greater than ever before. Within this milieu, it has become necessary to reassess the role of the CFO – what they do and the underlying competencies and qualifications required to perform their jobs. This has highlighted the need for a more supportive network of financial executives in Africa, as well as the globalisation ...
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Bitcoin Swings Undermine CFO Case for Converting Cash to Crypto

From Bloomberg: Chief financial officers, not generally known as a risk-loving bunch, watched Bitcoin sink more than 25% in a 24-hour period in January 2021.  Wall Street finance executives who were thinking of plunging some of their company’s cash reserves into Bitcoin got a heat check this week. Chief financial officers, not generally known as a risk-loving bunch, watched Bitcoin sink more than 25% in a 24-hour period starting Sunday. Burning a hole of that size in the corporate rainy day ...
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A New Year’s Resolution: The CFO Should Own Digital Transformation

From Cfo.com: Five reasons why the CFO is the crucial player in digitalization. PE (and other business owners) have a DX ROI problem. Let me translate the acronym-speak: Private equity (PE) partners and, in a similar way, boards of directors and shareholders at public companies, are struggling to see the investment return from expensive digital transformation (DX) initiatives. Globally, companies have spent more than $1.2 trillion on digital reinvention over the last few years. The hard truth is that over 70% of those ...
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Company valuation in times of Covid-19

From the December 2020 IAFEI Quarterly Bulletin By Carlos Eduardo Sau Escobar, President IMEF Pueblo Group 2020 is the year that took us by surprise, in which the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused everything to change. Perceptions and needs, and, of course, the value of a company could also be in question. But it also presents opportunities now and in the future. This perception of the value of a specific company can be explained by multiple factors, ...
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Record high of global debt: how much debt is too much?

From the December 2020 IAFEI Quarterly Bulletin By Anastassios Rodopoulos If you ask people which word in the English language is most associated with business, 99 out of 100 people will answer the same way. You: What’s the one word you most associated with the business world? Anyone: Money! Every business deals with money. That’s what makes it a business! Businesses sell goods and services for money. Money is not only the basic molecule of business, it’s also what makes ...
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Sustainability: A new integrated framework for enterprise performance management

From the IAFEI December 2020 Quarterly Bulletin. By Elisa Bolognesi, Accenture MD, and Mauro Marchiaro, Accenture MD, and Aldo Pozzoli, Accenture Senior Manager Greenwashing days are over Sustainability is increasingly at the centre of every business agenda. Its importance grew to such an extent that having an explicit sustainability strategy is now mandatory to secure most companies’ long term business viability. In fact, this ability is regarded as highly relevant not only by customers and the general public, but also ...
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When an Accountant is Not Enough (is it Time to Hire a CFO?)

From CFO Selections: If you’re a business owner or CEO, you need some kind of financial guidance. Maybe you create addicting video games for smartphones, run a local real estate agency, or are a health services provider. No matter what your trade involves, being in business can be a challenge. But unless you run a CPA firm, you probably didn’t go into business to stare at numbers and comply with financial regulations. These are often perceived as a pain, but ...
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U.S. AUDIT WATCHDOG COULD RAMP UP OVERSIGHT UNDER NEW SEC LEADERSHIP

From WSJ: Changes at the top of the SEC don’t automatically trigger management turnover at the PCAOB, but the securities regulator can wield influence over its agenda. New leadership at the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to spur increased oversight of public-company audits, according to former regulators and auditors. The SEC, which is the U.S. securities regulator, supervises the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, an independent watchdog that sets audit standards, inspects audits and disciplines audit firms for violations. SEC ...
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MAKING ‘M&A BY ZOOM’ WORK THROUGH THE ART OF LONG-FORM WRITING

From CFO Dive: A return to long-form writing can help offset what’s lost in virtual negotiations, Mona Sabet, chief of corporate strategy at UserTesting. By Mona Sabet, chief corporate strategy officer at UserTesting. Opinions expressed are author’s own. Zoom, Slack and other virtual collaboration tools have become our go-to platforms for hammering out deals. They’re not ideal. There’s nothing like being locked in a room to finalize a tough agreement and later healing wounds at the closing dinner. But there is a way to ...
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IMPAIRMENT OF ASSETS – IMPACT OF COVID-19

By Jose Garcia, partner at Kreston BSG, S.C. Mexico, member of the audit committee and member of Group Puebla of the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives (IMEF); and by Juan Espinosa, partner at Kreston BSG, S.C. Mexico, member of the control quality group of Kreston International Ltd. And VP of the National Technical Board of IMEF. From IAFEI October 2020 Quarterly Bulletin. The COVID-19 outbreak has developed rapidly and worse than expected in 2020. Measures taken to contain the spread of ...
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2021 WISH LIST FOR CFOS

Remote work, small businesses, the federal government’s balance sheet, health care — they will all require attention, writes Vincent Ryan of CFO.com. We have no idea what 2021 will bring, but here are some things I hope to happen. 1. Remote work. Working at home has been a godsend for some people; it has taken its toll on many others. My wish is that next year C-suite executives scrutinize how remote working affects organizational culture and innovation. If they decide to keep offices ...
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TOP FINANCE EXECS TELL US HOW THE PANDEMIC WILL CHANGE THE INDUSTRY

From Bloomberg: The coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented economic lockdowns have changed a lot of things, including how people deal with money and investing. But which shifts will prove lasting? We asked some executives for their views on what aspects of the financial industry will never look the same again. Sheena Allen Founder and chief executive officer
CapWay, a mobile bank focused on underbanked communities
It will forever change the way we handle cash. We have been expedited into what was an ...
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COVID-19: CFO TAKEAWAYS ON BUSINESS ETHICS AND ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIMENSION

By Marco Nicoli, former World Bank Senior Project Manager and currently Special Adviser to the director of the OECD Development Center for the Human Centered Business Model; and by Filipa Correia, Chair of the IAFEI International Tax Policy Working Group; and by Alessandro Valente, BBA, MA, LLB, Currently working in the private Capital Group at UK-based law firm Harbottle and Lewis. From IAFEI October 2020 Quarterly Bulletin. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force, it is high time for businesses ...
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