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Dynamic organisations need a broad range of advisory services to support their ambition and growth.   

As your business grows, our advisory services are designed to help you achieve your goals.  Successful growth often means navigating a complex array of opportunities, challenges and risks. 

Our experienced practitioners are available to help you understand, adapt to and overcome the various obstacles that may stand in the way.

Business Risk Services 
Every company is faced with strategic, financial, operational and technological challenges. Grant Thornton’s Business Risk Services (BRS) can provide the advice necessary to help you manage risk and improve your business performance. The Business Risk Services team provides advice and solutions in the fields of:

  • internal audit
  • information technology
  • process risk and control
  • governance advisory
  • revenue assurance and cost verification
  • other third party assurance.

We offer the personal touch and global reach, ensuring that you get the attention that you deserve.

Corporate Finance 
Our international team of corporate finance advisors works with entrepreneurial businesses, their owners and management teams in the mid-market at various stages of their lifecycle. Whether buying a business: selling a business; advice on mergers, management buy ins/outs, or raising finance to support your business’ plans: our team will guide you through the process. 

We are also fully integrated with our colleagues in our transactions advisory and transactions tax to provide:

  • vendor due diligence
  • acquisition due diligence
  • flotation and reporting accountant work
  • operational due diligence
  • management assessment.

Within our teams we have specialists across a range of sectors, including: media, food, healthcare, support services, technology, construction, waste, leisure, and financial services. They have developed relationships with key players in the industry and so are well positioned to make introductions and facilitate transactions. Internationally, we have access to over 100 corporate finance specialists ensuring that we can offer you our distinctive, high quality and personalised service wherever you choose to do business. 

The Corporate Finance Valuations team has wide experience in valuations of private companies. We use a variety of methodologies and techniques in making a valuation, but we also exploit our experience and apply our judgement to give our clients the quality of valuation advice they demand. We provide advice and solutions in the following areas: 

  • commercial advice to companies, partnerships and individuals on valuations in the context of acquisitions, disposals, mergers and restructuring proposals across a wide range of industries
  • we undertake and review valuations for taxation purposes in intellectual property cases we advise on the valuation of items such as trademarks, brand names, know-how, customer lists, patents and licences
  • we offer dispute resolution services and work with forensic investigators, providing valuation advice within the field of dispute resolution, litigation support and expert valuations
  • we assist on regulatory and accounting matters, with advice on valuations required by Accounting Standards.

Project Finance 
Project finance demands a special approach. That approach needs to be single-minded, hands-on and committed to co-operative working. We have shown our skills in this area, and our project finance teams are recognised as leading players in public/private partnerships. Project finance includes:

  • preparation of business cases for infrastructure and feasibility assessment
  • procurement strategy advice including tender preparation and market testing
  • tender evaluation 
  • project risk evaluations and options analysis
  • support for private sector bidders
  • negotiation of terms for project finance
  • modelling and model review for large infrastructure projects
  • fundraising for projects.

Recovery & reorganisation 
R&R supply a range of services to underperforming business and their stakeholders. We focus on identifying and resolving issues affecting profitability, protecting enterprise value and facilitating a full recovery where possible. R&R also offer solutions and advice in the following areas:

  • creditor advisory services
  • restructuring
  • fraud insolvency division
  • personal insolvency
  • pensions
  • competition services
  • corporate simplification group
  • recovery tax
  • impaired real estate
  • leasing and asset finance.

Forensic & investigation services 
Disputes are never welcome, but they happen. When they happen, they need to be resolved efficiently. Often complex financial issues lie at the heart of disputes. These could involve shareholder disagreements, contractual breaches, failed acquisitions or suspected fraud. Litigation, asset recovery and insurance claims might be involved. We have the forensic and business knowledge to help navigate through the maze of issues and reach a resolution. The resolution might be brought about by a multi-disciplinary team including accountants, lawyers, IT consultants, insurance experts, valuation specialists and actuaries. Services include:

  • anti-money laundering
  • asset recovery 
  • commercial disputes and litigation advisory 
  • dispute resolution
  • expert witness
  • fraud and criminal investigations
  • forensic technology
  • insurance claims
  • intellectual property and contract compliance
  • international arbitration
  • shareholder disputes and valuations.

Human Resources 
We recognize the importance of Human Resource for organizations and the approach we use combines the best internationally recognized practice, combined with in-house developed methodologies. We offer trainings, consulting and solutions. 

Why Grant Thornton

Because you know your own businesses, we’ll listen to your needs. As part of the advisory process, we ask questions and pay attention to your responses. Rather than relying on off-the-shelf services that could loosely fit a range of clients, challenges and markets, we develop solutions tailored to your organisation and its unique requirements and objectives.

As a global organisation of member firms, we offer:

  • integrated cross-border solutions
  • strong collaborative networks
  • centralised tools, methodologies and delivery models.