The key is transparency

Much like your car needs regular oil changes to keep it running optimally, regular audits and careful financial reporting can help ensure your business is running at its peak. It’s crucial to have the proper reporting and assurance standards in place at any point in the business cycle, but even more so when you are considering a potential sale.

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Audits add credibility to your financial information. A quality audit can aid in your decision-making and offer insights into reducing waste, tightening controls or spotting trouble before it occurs. A well-conducted audit is also a key tool when dealing or negotiating with banks, investors, joint ventures or potential buyers. The more open and organized your books are, the better your chances for obtaining financing or attracting the right buyer, whenever that time comes. Transparency adds weight to your selling power.

“Transparency adds weight to your selling power.”

Staying on top of the latest financial reporting regulations is also important in the lead up to a sale. Accounting standards have become much more complex in recent years and if your company doesn’t adhere, you may end up facing major challenges that could affect your selling price. To ensure you’re compliant, a qualified professional can help your management team through the process on timely and specific issues, or with entire projects, regardless of the accounting standard (ASPE, IFRS, US GAPP), or financial reporting and continuous disclosure requirements under specific securities regulations (AMF, SEC). With the right guidance and meticulous financial reporting structures in place, you will be better positioned to negotiate when it comes time to sell.

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When we say our approach is holistic, we mean it. It’s centered around you. Not just your company; not only your legacy, you. We advise business owners and their families both personally and professionally. Our professionals, (from wealth management, valuations, taxation and estates, to various other service lines) work collaboratively to provide advice that makes the most sense for you and your objectives – because we know that your work affects your personal life, and vice versa – they are of equal importance. Through early, comprehensive planning, our professionals assess every situation and present options to help you make informed, strategic decisions to make the most out of your unique situation.

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