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  1. All together

    Transforming finance in an ICT organisation

    To prepare to meet greater competition resulting from the liberalisation and privatisation of Europe’s railway system, ICTRA’s Finance Department of the Belgian Railways Group undertook a process of transformation in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting Belgium. The case study that has now been published in collaboration with Vlerick Business School outlines the transformation project and can inspire other ICT organisations seeking similar results.

  2. Money

    Could being tax compliant on transfer-pricing actually be bad for business?

    International transfer pricing, that is, the setting of a price for internal transactions within a multinational group, is irretrievably linked to international tax law. In seeking equity across borders, tax law imposes the arm’s length principle as the yardstick to judge the fairness and correctness of the transfer pricing system, in line with the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines.

  3. Growth

    Can businesses afford to grow?

    Financial capital is one of the key resources a business requires to support its growth. Although few in number, high growth businesses contribute disproportionately to employment and wealth creation in an economy. As a result it is important to know, not only how high-growth businesses fund growth, but the reasons behind this choice.

  4. Participation

    Emerging facts on Mergers and Acquisitions

    Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) are a fact of business life, and can often be a quicker, easier and cheaper way for businesses to grow than by organic expansion. However, now that the heyday of the 1980’s hostile takeover is over, new research in Continental Europe reveals some surprising results for what makes a company more likely to seek speedier acquired growth, over slower expansion. M&As are still a popular means of growth for firms. So what makes a company look around for possible targets?

  5. Business Angels lend a helping hand

    Business Angels lend a helping hand

    With an average age of 51 years, 19 years of managerial experience, 14 years as an entrepreneur – and, certainly, considerable financial resources – Business Angels are private individuals who invest in young companies that are not quoted on the Stock Exchange. As very young companies (or those that need only a small amount of funding) often find it difficult to attract venture capital, the BANs bring these companies in contact with BAs who help provide the necessary funds.

  6. ROI

    Well-considered choice for a certain type of venture capital determines the success of the investment

    The venture capital (or: VC) industry is often very heterogeneous in Europe, where independent, private investors operate alongside government, corporate or bank-related investors. Local players invest alongside international investors. Entrepreneurs often assume that the source of money is not important, but the different types of venture capital each have their own specific impact on the businesses they invest in, each with their specific advantages and disadvantages. Entrepreneurs therefore have to make well-considered choices.

  7. Control

    Bank ratings: key determinants and cyclicality

    Over the past decade, the economic environment has been characterised by high-profile business scandals and failures, in which different company stakeholders were involved. In July 2007, the world entered the most profound and disruptive crisis since 1929. Initially originating in the US, it has evolved into a deep and complex crisis at global level, resulting in significant economic damage. Lack of market transparency, the abrupt downgrading of credit ratings and the failure of Lehman Brothers have initiated a global breakdown of trust.

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    Analyzing the financial statements of the world's largest retailer: Wal-Mart

    The Wal-Mart case is intended for an introductory or main course on Financial Statement Analysis. It may also be useful within a Corporate Finance/Financial Management course. After a class on financial statements and liquidity, profitability and solvency ratios – and some brief examples discussed by the lecturer – students should be capable of making a financial analysis of Wal-Mart.

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