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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Deloitte: Adds value to its Valuation Team

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Deloitte Real Estate has made three strategic appointments in its London valuation team.

Gareth Thomas also joins Deloitte as a senior surveyor from Jones Lang La Salle undertaking a wide variety of valuations across London and in the regions. He has over five years’ experience in commercial valuations, with a focus on portfolio and [...]


Deloitte: Global Food Value Chain Debuts

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

The Deloitte Center for the Global Food Value Chain (the Center), debuted  and issued a series of research papers to help companies comprehend and comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in January 2011. Elise Gautier, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and co-leader of the Deloitte Center for the Global [...]


Deloitte: Mega-resources investment projects endangered?

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

The investment projects which accounted for much of Australian economic growth in recent years are hurtling towards a peak, likely in late 2013. The December 2012 issue of Investment Monitor saw the total value of projects in the database rise yet again.  The value of projects increased by $26.9 billion – that’s a 2.9% [...]


PwC: Institutional M&A investment share doubles in power and renewable sector

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

PwC reports the M&A investment share from institutions, such as insurance, pension and sovereign wealth funds, has more than doubled year on year, according to PwC’s annual Power and Renewables Deals report. Differences in corporate appetite have the potential to add to deal flow. While state-owned enterprises in China and trading houses in Japan are [...]


PwC: U.S. Industrial Manufacturers express increased optimism

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

According to the Q4 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released by PwC US  ,  sentiment regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy in the year ahead increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers, while uncertainty around outlook for the world economy prevailed. Reflecting the increased level of optimism, 83 percent of respondents forecast revenue growth at [...]


PwC: M&A deal volume in the U.S. Oil & Gas industry reaches highest level in ten years

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

According to PwC US, Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the U.S. oil and gas industry hit a ten-year high during the fourth quarter of 2012 with 75 deals. In fact, that flurry of fourth quarter activity pushed overall deal volume in 2012 to a ten-year high at 204 transactions (for deals valued [...]


Baker Tilly: Adds New Principal

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) recently welcomed John Salza as a Principal in charge of tax accounting methods.  Salza is an attorney with more than 18 years of public accounting experience. For the last seven years, he was a tax partner with a national accounting firm leading its tax accounting methods practice.

In this [...]


Grant Thornton: Jonathan Geldart New International Advisor on Brands

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Grant Thornton reports The Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA), the Beijing-based accounting body with oversight responsibility for accountants in China, has appointed Jonathan Geldart, global head – marketing communications at Grant Thornton.  Jonathan’s appointment builds on his extensive experience with the Chinese accounting profession over the last four years. He has provided training [...]


Grant Thornton: Pending lease accounting changes

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

According to the quarterly Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), the average business holds 20 leases. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) are set to publish revised proposals for a new lease accounting standard but a survey of 3,450 businesses in 44 economies finds that, although 78% hold [...]


Accenture: Asset Management Analytics Solution Awarded

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Accenture: KPN Awards Accenture a Four-Year Contract

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

KPN, a leading telecommunications and IT services provider in The Netherlands, has awarded Accenture (NYSE: ACN) a four-year technology and management consulting contract to develop, build and maintain a full range of digital managed services.

Accenture will provide application development and maintenance services from its Netherlands location and through its India Delivery Center in Bangalore. [...]


Accenture: To Provide IT Services for TAFE

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has marked a 10-year relationship with the Department of Education, Training and Employment in Queensland, Australia. Accenture has provided business services to support the TAFE Queensland Institutes Student Administrative System (ISAS) since 2002.

Accenture has proven itself to be a reliable and valued provider of services to us and, with the [...]


PwC: M&A deal values reach post-crisis high

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Despite a 9.6% decline in deal volumes in 2012, the aggregate value of announced deals climbed 10.5% to reach its highest level since the market peak in 2007 according to PwC.

This according to PwC’s latest deals report: 2012 Year in Review: Q4 Deals Quarterly and 2013 Outlook.

The energy sector regained the title of the [...]


Deloitte: 4th Annual Tech Trends Report

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Deloitte released its 4th Annual Tech Trends Report “Elements of Postdigital,” highlighting the top 10 enabling and disrupting technology trends that are expected to be drivers for businesses.

The Deloitte annual report examines the ever-evolving landscape of technology to put to business use, focusing on the top 10 topics that have the potential to impact [...]


Deloitte: Australian CFOs get ready to shift gears

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

A third of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are more optimistic compared to last quarter according to the latest Deloitte Quarterly CFO Survey.

With two cuts to the official cash rate in the fourth quarter, over half (56%) of the respondents identified falling interest rates as having a positive impact on their levels of optimism. This [...]