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As the study «Clarity on Performance of Swiss Private Banks – The widening gap» shows, the pressure on smaller banks in particular continued to increase this year.
A survey of large companies and SMEs clearly shows that introducing tax incentives for R&D would strongly encourage companies to keep their existing R&D activities in Switzerland.
Real estate represents an attractive investment option for pension plans in today’s low-interest-rate environment.
Swiss companies were involved in a total of 130 M&A deals during the first half of 2015.
Companies around the world are faced with the challenge of keeping pace with ever-accelerating advances in digital technology. The latest Harvey Nash CIO Survey conducted in cooperation with KPMG revealed these and more insights.
KPMG is strengthening its market presence in Bern and will open a new client office in the heart of the country’s capital on 1 June.
Swiss businesses are ill prepared for cyberattacks and much too reactive in their approach.
This year’s Swiss M&A Awards go to Geberit, Helvetia and Novartis.
Now more so than ever, companies are required to provide their employees and investors with information on their sustainability practices and corporate culture.
New cross-border provisions and tax demands from abroad have been placing increasing pressure on Swiss private banks over the past few years.
After a strong 2014, Switzerland’s M&A market has been more restrained during the first quarter of 2015. With only 65 deals, there were far fewer transactions taking place (-38%). The overall volume was also down, at 21 billion US dollars (USD) (-18%).
The latest edition of KPMG’s “Clarity on Swiss Taxes 2015” compares corporate and income tax rates in 130 countries and all 26 Swiss cantons.
KPMG is holding its seventh annual “KPMG Knowledge Quiz”. This is Switzerland’s largest knowledge quiz for university students and involves several rounds of questions, first online and then live during the final round.
Last year saw a sharp increase in the number of cases of white-collar crime in Switzerland. At CHF 537.2 million, however, the total losses sustained were down compared to the previous year.
With an impressive number of large, strategically driven deals, 2014 was an extremely active M&A year both in Switzerland and globally.
KPMG has appointed Patrik Kerler as Head of National Markets Zurich.
KPMG Switzerland has acquired a senior team of banking and sourcing experts from B-Source. The acquisition significantly strengthens KPMG’s consulting capabilities for the financial services industry.
KPMG has delivered very positive results in a fiercely competitive audit and advisory market, increasing gross revenues by 11.5 percent to CHF 497 million and net revenues by 4.7 percent to CHF 388 million.
In an intercantonal comparison of the taxation of legal entities, the Canton of Vaud is the lowest-ranked cantons with just a few exceptions.
As expected, the M&A market was also extremely active during the third quarter of 2014. Continued confidence among investors, is just one of the factors that invigorated Switzerland's M&A market.
Following Stefan Pfister's election as new CEO, changes are being made to key leadership roles in Advisory.
The Swiss Real Estate Sentiment Index compiled by KPMG Switzerland reveals that the mood on Switzerland's investment property market is down slightly on the whole.
According to the KPMG study “Financing family business growth through individual investors”, 58% of family-owned businesses are seeking external financing to fund their investment plans.
KPMG will be introducing a two-tier governance system as of 1 October 2014. Against this backdrop, the partnership has designated Stefan Pfister, previously Head of Advisory of KPMG in Switzerland, as the new CEO.
Declining profitability and simultaneously low growth in assets over the past year have negatively impacted the performance of private banks in Switzerland. More than a third of them posted losses during the 2013 business year.
In the M&A business, the first half of 2014 was characterized by high-value transactions while the number of mergers and acquisitions remained roughly on a par with the previous year.
Unethical behavior at the workplace is a topic that also needs to be taken very seriously at Swiss companies. This conclusion is corroborated by the figures contained in KPMG’s latest study “Fraud & Ethics at the Workplace in Switzerland”.
KPMG has put Frank Lampert at the helm of the office in Central Switzerland. Lampert heads up KPMG’s tax advisory services for private clients and family-run businesses and has an extensive network of contacts in the region.
The international and US bodies responsible for setting financial accounting and reporting standards have today published a joint new standard for revenue recognition.
ABB, Swatch and Capvis/Partners Group have received Swiss M&A Awards for notable deals conducted in 2013. Their M&A activities are prime examples of Switzerland’s active corporate landscape.
Fabien Lussu will head up Consumer Goods & Retail at KPMG Switzerland starting 1 May 2014.
The current KPMG's Swiss Tax Report 2014 compares corporate and income tax rates in 130 countries and in all 26 Swiss cantons.
Following a relatively calm year in 2013, M&A activities have picked up as expected in the first quarter of 2014. While the number of mergers and acquisitions rose just slightly, the value of those transactions was up significantly.
A global KPMG study shows that the importance of anti-money laundering activities is rapidly increasing.
If fraud is committed in Switzerland, perpetrators think big. This is the picture painted by the latest figures reported in the KPMG Forensic Fraud Barometer.
The study “Going beyond the data” conducted recently by KPMG International shows that way over half of the companies surveyed consider D&A to be crucially important for their own growth.
At first glance, 2013 did not appear to be a particularly active year on the Swiss M&A market. Both the number of mergers and acquisitions as well as the value of those transactions declined significantly in comparison with 2012.
A new forensic study conducted by KPMG has compiled a profile for the typical fraudster: the result was a male who has worked in the company for over six years and acts in concert with other offenders.
In a dynamic yet extremely uncertain environment, KPMG achieved good results and boosted its net revenues by 3.3 percent to CHF 370.5 million.
This year’s private banking study by KPMG and the University of St. Gallen (HSG) shows that Swiss private banks can remain successful in the future by innovating.
The trend continues: Activity on the Swiss M&A market remained moderate during the third quarter of 2013, as well. Both the value and the number of transactions declined noticeably compared to the same period of the previous year.
KPMG has restructured its Advisory function and geared it more strongly toward the market.
The «Swiss Real Estate Sentiment Index» compiled by KPMG Switzerland indicates a general stagnation in price for investment real estate over the coming twelve months.
Hieronymus T. Dormann is taking charge of the Insurance division at KPMG Switzerland with effect from 1 October 2013. Dormann has many years of experience in dealing with insurance companies in both an audit and advisory capacity.
The major Swiss private banks have achieved considerable year-on-year growth and have performed more consistently overall. However, the situation remains critical for numerous smaller and midsized banks.
Swiss companies were involved in a total of 145 deals in Switzerland and abroad during the first half of 2013, a 14.7% decrease year-on-year.
While hosting its general assembly in Vienna, European Family Businesses (EFB) announces an alliance with KPMG on the Family Business sector.
KPMG’s Healthcare sector and the TIP GROUP, Europe’s market leader for integrated healthcare management and controlling systems, have decided to collaborate.
Glencore, Barry Callebaut and Bossard have been presented with a Swiss M&A Award in recognition of noteworthy transactions in 2012. Their M&A activities exemplify the busy corporate landscape in Switzerland.
The food retailing industry will undergo dramatic changes by 2025. In a joint effort, KPMG and the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute have drawn up some theories on future trends and scenarios in this sector.
After impressing last year, the Swiss M&A market has had a sluggish start to 2013. In the first quarter, both the number and volume of mergers and acquisitions fell sharply, with no major deals being struck.
White-collar crime causes significant losses at Swiss enterprises. While theft and embezzlement cause the greatest costs at Swiss SMEs, large corporations are hit heaviest by the theft and misuse of data.
KPMG has acquired BrainNet, one of the world’s leading consulting firms in the area of purchasing and supply chain management. As of 1 February 2013, BrainNet became part of Management Consulting at KPMG in Switzerland.
In Switzerland both the number of cases as well as the total loss incurred as a result of white-collar crimes dropped slightly in 2012 compared to the previous year. A strong increase was seen, however, in the total loss caused by management staff.
Philipp Rickert, who has enjoyed success as Head of Audit Financial Services since 2011, is to join the Executive Committee of KPMG Switzerland with effect from 1 February 2013.
Compared to the previous year, 2012 brought an increase in both the number and particularly the value of mergers and acquisitions with Swiss involvement.
KPMG is strengthening its market presence in Central Switzerland and opened a new client office in the heart of Lucerne on 10 January.
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