The role of assurance services in the running of a successful business has changed beyond just fulfilling statutory requirements. We offer appropriate and timely advice in addition to statutory reporting, which enables our clients to effectively handle issues requiring immediate attention and further assist them in taking informed decisions on timely basis.
Assurance services include the following:
Reporting more comprehensively on important non-financial assets can often improve the valuation of your company in capital markets. Research shows that investors and analysts consider financial reports by themselves to be of limited use in determining a company's prospects. That shouldn't be too surprising — management itself doesn't rely solely on financial information in running its business. A company’s brands, market share, customer retention levels, and intellectual capital are of intense interest to investors.
MZ can assist organizations that need to ensure the quality and credibility of internal management information and external disclosures and, in particular, non-financial indicators. Our professional leadership on issues related to non-financial performance reporting, has not been limited to simply advocating reform. Instead, MZ can help its client in the practice of non-financial performance reporting with the development of Value Reporting — the most comprehensive and robust approach to reporting transparency available in the marketplace.
The financial statements audit has never been more important. In today's business environment there is more scrutiny and skepticism of a company's financial statements than ever before. Investors have lost faith in corporate governance and reporting and they expect more: greater reliability, more oversight and clear evidence of internal controls. Corporate management, boards and audit committees, internal and external auditors, analysts and other investment professionals all have important roles to play in rebuilding investor trust by executing their respective responsibilities, keeping in mind both legal obligations and the heightened expectations of investors. Meeting investor expectations begins with the completeness and accuracy of information contained in a company’s financial statements.
For organisations that require an audit for statutory or regulatory reasons associated with the filing of their annual and periodic financial information, MZ can provide high quality audit services.
MZ's work takes into account all current and where appropriate, prospective auditing, accounting, and reporting regulations and guidance.
Shareholders expect company to generate profits. But, they also want company to assume its responsibilities to contribute to society while minimizing any negative effects on the environment. This approach to business—balancing economic interests against social and environmental concerns, is commonly referred to sustainability/corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Over the past decade, sustainability reporting has moved from the fringes of the business world to the top of shareholders' agenda just as it has for employees, regulators, and customers. Consequently, any miscalculation or misjudgment of issues related to sustainability can now have serious repercussions on how the world judges a company and values its equity.
For companies looking to improve business performance and create long-term shareholder value, MZ can help develop a corporate social responsibility (CSR)/sustainability strategy that focuses on key issues for your business and enhances relationships with key stakeholder groups.
We can assist our clients in the areas of corporate governance and business ethics, environmental health and safety management, social responsibility, strategy and economics, responsible supply-chain management, and reporting and assurance of non-financial information.
In today’s business world, IT and financial reporting environments are becoming increasingly complex while even greater reliance is being placed on the information produced by these systems and processes. In addition, new regulations in many countries have put a greater emphasis on internal controls and often require independent assurance of the effectiveness of internal controls. Attention to the design, documentation and operation of controls is critical to ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of information used for financial reporting and management decision-making.
MZ provides services related to controls around the financial reporting process, including financial business process and IT management controls.
Internal audit function in today’s world needs to walk on a fine line between providing assurance and consulting to management without impairing its objectivity and independence.
Maximising the value and effectiveness of the internal audit function requires an understanding of an organisation's objectives, risks, risk management priorities, regulatory environment, and the diverse needs of critical stakeholders including executive management, the board, employees, and shareholders. Ultimately, these needs determine the risk profile of the organisation and the strategic focus, organisation, resources and practices required of its internal audit department. We can assist organisations that need help improving the quality and effectiveness of their internal audit processes in a number of ways. First, by advising and assisting in the development of internal audit and risk management methodologies, including assessing whether the internal audit function is delivering effectively to stakeholders.
Second, by providing internal audit resourcing solutions, including full outsourcing or complementing in-house functions with specialist skills or geographical coverage. In addition, we can develop training for internal auditors using our extensive market and industry knowledge to create highly- tailored solutions.
Regulatory compliance and reporting needs to be viewed as a natural extension of the governance duties entrusted on top management and corporate boards. Moreover, only good governance can ensure that compliance is aligned with the company’s business objectives and risk management strategies — and is thereby adding real value (and not just cost) to the organisation. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that the spirit of compliance — as well as the letter of the law — is embraced in every corner of the enterprise.
For all organisations engaged in activities that come under the control of a regulator, MZ provides support, advice, and assurance to help you manage your regulatory risks. In an ever-changing regulatory environment, we help ensure that you identify, manage, and control any existing and future regulatory risks. A proactive rather than a monitoring approach to regulation is now a full time strategic necessity.
MZ experienced regulatory risk specialists, who not only know the rules, but have also, implemented and assessed compliance against them. Our people can help at the strategic level — by maximising any competitive advantages from regulation through to the operational level and by minimising the costs and disruptions to business, thereby freeing up management time in the process.
MZ is one of the market leaders for tax services. We assist businesses, individuals and organisations with tax strategy, planning, and compliance, whilst also delivering a wide range of business advisory services with dedicated tax professionals.
We take a holistic view, combining industry insight with the technical skills of financial and tax professionals and our other in-house resources as necessary, to develop comprehensive integrated solutions. We have experience of working with large and diverse client-base comprising all types of businesses — multinationals, local companies, privately-owned organisations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, trusts, partnerships and private individuals.
Tax services include the following:
The salient features of each service are described below:
The objective of our tax services is to deliver integrated solutions that result in most tax efficient structure. We also provide business advice tailored to meet the specific needs of individual clients. We suggest doable options always keeping in view the fact that such options should be within the legal framework.
We assist the organizations in devising long-term development plans and to organise their expansions and diversification in a manner to optimise tax burden.
We also offer advice in specialist areas such as international corporate tax, mergers acquisitions, transfer pricing, due diligence; etc.
Compliance with various regulatory provisions of tax laws is often time consuming and cumbersome. In order to satisfy needs of our clients, the Firm provides full range of services to suit requirements of any business enterprise, be it in the form of advice or compliance assistance.
Our range of services in the area of corporate taxation includes:
The tax services are also provided to non residents and the partners are capable to handle intricate tax issues involving non-resident taxation. The services interalia include the following:
In order to minimise the risks of default and impact of higher incidence for the high net-worth individuals and to assist the organisation in fulfilling their statutory responsibilities, the Firm has developed a range of services, which includes:
Our specialized services encompass the following
Over the past few years, the indirect tax net has spread all over the economy, covering almost all sectors of business. Lack of knowledge on the part of tax administrators / tax payers coupled with abrupt changes in law require the provision of timely and effective business advice to help organizations plan and implement the required compliance measures. Our range of services encompasses the following:
MZ’s Finance professionals provide comprehensive financial advice and execution expertise, encompassing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, private placements, privatizations and equity capital markets to clients ranging from corporations and financial institutions; adding value for our clients throughout all stages of the process.
Critical to our positioning as the first class financial advisory for our clients, our key strengths are:
Our unparalleled relationships, combined with our extensive understanding of local economies and cultures and our industry sector expertise, help us consistently deliver value-added solutions to our clients, irrespective of the complexity of the transaction.
Financial Consulting services include the following:
The salient features of each service are described below:
We support CEO’s, CFO’s, Controller and Treasurers to optimize the structure of their Finance functions thus improving contribution to business. We structure our support to ensure that Finance addresses the challenges of achieving appropriate standards of control, efficient back office opportunities and support to the business through insight and challenge. Recently, the emphasis of Finance has been control and efficiency characterised by a heavy focus on compliance delivered through streamlined back office models. Now, the focus for many has turned to Insight. These three computing priorities will continue to be the challenge for the Finance Function.
Being accountable to the business and to the financial community, CFO’s have put compliance and control to the top of their agenda. For many, responses have been tactical rather than strategic. More deeply embedded and sustainable solutions are now required. Flexibility to response to future regulatory change is also increasingly important.
The pressure to release money, resources and capacity has never been greater. Gains may come from the elimination of redundant activities, consolidations of activities (for example, through shared services), standardization and automation of processes. These steps have in some instances resulted in cost savings in excess of 50%.
Insight takes different forms in different organisations. It involves delivery of an effective performance management framework, understanding the key business drivers and challenging and supporting business decisions around these drivers. Equipping Finance to deliver effective support on these aspects requires tools and capabilities which are often new to the function.
Balancing the tension of these demands means keeping an eye on the details, and envisages how to realise the vision.
With the advancement in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for many of our clients, financial accounting has become a lot more complicated. Future holds more regulations, new requirements, and an increasing compliance burden. As business becomes more global, with new markets opening up seemingly every day, a company’s financial accounting must meet global standards.
For all organisations that need high quality accounting advice, MZ has the breadth and depth of knowledge and technical expertise to help. Our financial accounting and accounting technical advice, guidance, and training will help improve the quality of your company’s financial reporting.
There is no shortage of options for businesses wishing to raise funds, but selecting the optimal structure is challenging. Raising finance to fund expansion plans means examining a wide range of issues and answering a complex set of questions. The capital markets have a challenging environment and selecting the right location and structure requires considerable insight and experience.
MZ has experience of advising businesses on their fund-raising plans in all markets. Whether through a public or private market, through equity or debt instruments, our experience covers all possible scenarios and our independence means that we focus solely on identifying and structuring the best source of finance for our client.
We have understanding of local markets, and can help clients to negotiate the challenges that may otherwise derail the unprepared. Our networks of contacts and deep relationships with countless sources of finance place us in the best possible position to make sure that our clients get the finance that fits their purposes and helps them meet their goals.
All businesses involved in an acquisition, as buyers or sellers, need to ensure that the financial information they hold is as accurate as possible, not only to prevent paying too much (or in a seller’s case receiving too little) but also to ensure that their governance and risk management objectives are met.
From the buyer’s perspective the quality of information available about a potential acquisition determines the ultimate success of a transaction. Without ensuring that the financial statements about a business reflect the reality, a deal may deliver less than first impressions suggest.
To ensure an efficient sales process, vendors need to present their financial information to potential buyers as transparently as possible. Independent assessment provides potential buyers with certainty about the business and the nature of its cash flow.
Financial due-diligence can help to identify and focus attention on the factors in the business that will be critical to its future success.
Public company boards’ governance responsibilities require them to ensure that all steps possible have been taken to identify any problematic issues in a potential acquisition.
A merger or acquisition can add considerable value to a business, but making sure that each stage of the transaction process — from valuation to negotiation and completion — is successful demands considerable experience and knowledge.
Funding for large projects (like infrastructure projects) is a complex area, and there are specific challenges involved in creating the appropriate finance structures to manage risks effectively.
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A number of different considerations can influence the optimal structure for a deal requiring a balance between the objectives behind the deal and accounting, tax, regulatory and commercial considerations. No two deals are exactly alike and all are developed under unique circumstances. Other factors, such as cross-border elements of a transaction add further complexity.
This is the era of more stringent regulatory regime, there are shifting market demand and industry consolidation, there is a continuing pressure for better returns and more transparency and there are new opportunities in the markets. To succeed, one must seize the opportunities while also managing the risks.
Management needs to move quickly, but also needs long-term strategies to help ensure business can cope with the demands placed on it today and tomorrow.
MZ’s business consulting practices:
MZ provides advice and assistance to companies, corporations and other concerns. Our services can help you respond to immediate needs as well as put in place the strategies for the longer term.
Business consulting includes the following:
The salient features of each service are described below:
A tough economic climate, rapid market changes, new competitors, disruptive technologies, strategic errors — any or all of these can plunge a company into serious financial distress. Left unaddressed, they may threaten corporate survival. Whether these factors occur in isolation or converge, they typically trigger a host of problems, including underperformance, declining earnings, and liquidity and cash-flow blockages. Companies often exhibit symptoms of distress well before a crisis erupts. In many cases, a downward spiral is not inevitable. It can be arrested and reversed. Early detection and swift, decisive action are the keys to restoring performance and value. That's why timely, professional advice is critical.
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When a company is underperforming, is in distress, or is in crisis, our first step is to undertake a tailored, objective assessment of the situation and resources. Our rapid and rigorous review process scrutinises financial performance, operating dynamics, asset deployment, and management issues and then identifies a range of options.
We can advise banks and other financial institutions on the disposal or purchase of non-performing loans. Our services include conducting financial due diligence and portfolio reviews, preparing information memoranda on asset valuations and disposal options, identifying potential investors, and facilitating sale negotiations and deal completion.
When an existing corporate structure no longer meets a business' objectives, we assist to identify surplus entities, release capital, reduce operating costs, and achieve a leaner, more transparent corporate structure. Our tailored approach addresses critical issues, minimises risk, and helps ensure a smooth transition to a streamlined operating model.
For underperforming companies, we deliver restructuring solutions designed to build a platform for swift recovery and sustained future success. We thoroughly assess all revitalisation options; develop a plan of action in partnership with management, creditors and other stakeholders; and mobilise the resources required for effective implementation.
To help spearhead the recovery process, we can introduce one of our highly experienced and credentialed turnaround directors. Their proven knowledge is vital in restoring shareholder confidence and creating a stable platform for the future.
Whilst these individuals have the resources of MZ at their disposal, they remain independent "hands on" executives providing leadership in the business rescue process.
Our team help underperforming businesses plan and implement recovery strategies quickly and efficiently. This may involve moving forward on several fronts — crisis intervention, stabilisation and stakeholder communication; generating quick wins and reducing working capital; designing and implementing a value-recovery plan.
When external and/or internal pressures dictate withdrawal from a industry, company, market or brand, MZ can assist in optimising value by helping you design and execute a controlled exit plan — sell, fix and sell, wind-down.
For business stakeholders experiencing pressure on profitability, cash flow and/or the balance sheet, we maximise value through the sale of shares or business and assets in a tight timeframe using a combination of corporate finance, restructuring, insolvency and tax skills/techniques.
Subject to local legislation, we may assume the role of Receiver, Administrator or Liquidator, or we may act as advisor to parties involved in voluntary arrangements, administrations, receiverships, and compulsory or voluntary liquidations.
For creditors and individuals concerned with personal insolvency issues, MZ provides innovative and practical solutions. Whether acting as a Trustee in Bankruptcy or developing an individual Voluntary Arrangement, our sensitive approach, specialist experience and leading edge methods enable creditors to maximise recoveries while helping individuals avoid a potentially disastrous slide into bankruptcy.
As the pace of business intensifies and globalization grows, the possibility of disputes and other difficulties arise more frequently. When rules are broken-unintentionally or otherwise - organizations are exposed to risks and problems that they are often not used to dealing with, from fraud and abuse to errors and differences in understanding. Whether these challenges involve dealing across borders with customers, joint venture partners, and foreign governments, or whether they are localised to your own country, they may involve different business cultures and legal systems, as well as unfamiliar regulatory and accountability requirements. Every organisation is vulnerable. The risk is real and worrisome.
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We provide financial services to both lawyers and corporate clients who are involved in litigation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution forums. Whatever the situation, from breach of contract or warranty to income losses from torts, we can provide seasoned experts to help.
Companies often face a variety of challenges in implementing their strategic visions, executing or defending their business models or unlocking the latent value and potential of information. We can provide a clear evaluation of the problem or opportunity, options for approaching them and action plans to achieve the optimal outcome. We assist clients in protecting and maximizing the value of their intellectual property by examining compliance with licensing agreements.
Dealing with suspicions of white-collar crime requires much more than simple know-how. It requires speed, sensitivity and discretion. It also requires an in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory frameworks in each jurisdiction. We understand the importance of reacting quickly and confidentially to a crisis situation. We appreciate the need to stop illegal activity, safeguard company's assets and reputation, prevent recurrences, and arrive at a resolution - with as little disruption as possible to the regular flow of business. Areas of specialism include:
Any business seeking to make an acquisition needs to understand not only the specific performance of the intended target, but how this relates to projected market conditions and its competition within a specific industry.
Our understanding of specific markets allows us to assess assumptions and projections and provide efficient, cost-effective services in a timely manner.
Businesses entering a new market or developing a new product or service must consider a wide range of complex factors. Not least of these are the economic assumptions underpinning a strategy.
A complex range of economic factors need to be analyzed before the launch of a new business venture. Competitors and customers, sources of revenue and the likely position of the competition authorities are just some of the most prominent considerations
MZ supports business planning combine advanced resources with commercial awareness based on in-depth direct experience of specific industry sectors. Our dedicated professionals also understand the commercial imperatives that drive business success.
Technology enables rapid global business growth and advancement. It is also a major source of business risk.
Boards and senior executives recognize the importance of technology, but can struggle to understand and manage it effectively. Often, business executives and IT professionals don't speak the same language. This communications gap can lead to misunderstandings and misaligned expectations and outcomes.
MZ IT Advisory helps in bridging the communications gap with a combination of technical skills and business experience.
Our services lines include:
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is the corporate-wide application of risk management to improve the performance of an organization's business. Understanding risk and making informed decisions in response to uncertainty is fundamental when seeking to build a robust and deliverable business strategy.
ERM is more than crisis management or regulatory compliance. It is a tangible and structured approach to addressing organizational and financial risk. ERM, ultimately, works toward enhancing shareholder value and competitive advantage.
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People and performance issues are common concerns for organizations in every industry. Typically, these issues arise from people strategies being out of step with business strategy. An entity may be expanding globally through acquisition or internal growth, restructuring entire divisions, attempting to standardize processes with new technologies or outsourcing human resources (HR) services to cut costs. Any of these changes can bring about a misalignment between your people and business strategies.
This misalignment is a common problem that our HCC practice is uniquely adept at solving. We specialize in providing innovative, integrated and practical solutions to align organizations’ people and business strategies. Our team drives your business performance by helping maximize the potential of people. We can help them develop and grow. We can help organizations’ to manage change initiatives, increase the effectiveness of HR service delivery, provide learning and leadership services and improve talent management.
We advise clients on how to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their Human Resources (HR) service delivery, ranging from process design to self- service applications, and considering in sourcing, outsourcing and off shoring solutions.
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In this ever changing world where new initiatives are placing ever more demand on professionals, owners need to ensure their professionals have the right blend and range of skills to meet those demands. Introducing Aid to Industry (A2I), the specialist management training service of MZ. Through quality training and support, we aim to help you improve the effectiveness of organisation by enabling professionals to reach the highest standards of performance.
Founded on our expertise across all industry sectors, we can assist business managers, with ongoing professional development through a comprehensive suite of professional development training on internal audit, corporate governance, and risk management, to name some.
In today’s business world, most organisations rely on increasingly critical and often complex relationships with third parties. Value creation frequently hinges on the effective management and control of the "extended enterprise" created by these relationships. Management have probably realised the need for extending enterprise to create value – alliances, supplier partnerships, joint ventures, outsourcing – but have your risk management and control frameworks kept pace with this evolution? What assurance do businesses have that they are working effectively or are even fit for purpose in the extended enterprise?
Organisations are experiencing considerable leakage of value by not effectively managing these relationships. Are your activities fitting snugly with those of your partners or are they leaking value?
Are your alliances, partners, outsourcers, distributors and licensees operating effectively delivering your business objectives? Are your critical business relationships achieving their potential?
Issues may have already arisen about the contractual and operational arrangements that you have. Issues may have emerged in relation to the business protocols that have emerged as the relationship has developed. It may just be that no-one has looked at the relationship recently or in a sufficiently thorough, risk focused way.
Third Party Assurance (3PA) is MZ response in assisting you as you tackle these issues.
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provides accounting, financial reporting and transaction-intensive process support to clients. While management concentrates on enhancing the core business, our skilled professionals focus on financial accounting and reporting. We perform these functions efficiently and cost-effectively, using a broad knowledge of business processes and financial software packages.
These resources not only enhance our ability to help clients with their finance, accounting and applications outsourcing, but also assists them in selecting and implementing software systems; establishing company-wide networks; writing policies and procedures; creating call centers; and, standardizing processing after mergers and acquisitions.
Through Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, we take over a client's back-office F&A and related procurement business processes and manage them on an ongoing basis. We offer a full IFRS compliant services and solutions, including transaction processing; financial accounting and reporting; statutory/regulatory accounting and reporting; and, transaction processing. Our transaction processing services cover payables, disbursements and expenses; receivables, receipts and revenues; general ledger; and, payroll.
Our approach to BPO is a highly collaborative blend of client and the Firm strengths. We customize each engagement according to our client's processes, internal controls and system requirements.