Taking our clients international
9th September 2019

We live in an increasingly global economy and many businesses need to consider international markets. Exploring and operating in markets outside the UK can be a daunting prospect as companies can experience unfamiliar commercial, regulatory and legal environments. Whether you are exploring international markets for the first time, or have established operations, James Cowper Kreston can help guide you through the challenges and risks of trading internationally and maximise your opportunities.

We have many years of experience providing advisory and compliance services to international businesses underpinned by our experts and award winning teams. Our skills and experience combined with the firm’s membership of Kreston, provides us with access to more than 25,000 professionals who are experts in the law and legislation of their respective countries, enabling us to provide a highly professional, personal and value for money service for international businesses.

Global Strategy and Structuring

Exploring a new market for the first time?  We can help you get the initial planning right to minimise the pitfalls and maximise opportunities. Frequently asked questions include:

  • • Should I form a company?
  • • Is there a need to hire overseas employees?
  • • What about supply chain management?
  • • Do I need to open a bank account?

Our experience can help you find the answers that are right for your business and assist you in setting up operations in over 114 counties.

Global acquisitions

If you are looking to make UK acquisitions, our dedicated Corporate Finance team, who have recently completed acquisitions for clients in countries around the world, can provide lead advisory and due diligence services. They work closely with our International Tax experts to ensure the acquisition is structured tax efficiently.

International Tax

As your business grows, your global tax bill can be affected substantially by how your operations are structured. Our tax team not only has an in-depth understanding of the UK tax rules, they are also experts on how these rules interact with overseas legislation to minimise tax payments and avoid double taxation. Our team was also crowned ‘Best International Tax Team’ in the prestigious Tolley’s Taxation Awards 2017.

International Audit & Assurance

Nominated for Mid-Tier Firm of the Year at the 2017 British Accountancy Awards, we have substantial experience providing national and international audits for groups of all sizes in a range of sectors. We act as auditors for over 500 companies, including groups with turnover in excess of £1billion and over 200 audits of UK based subsidiaries of overseas parents, including subsidiaries for many listed groups.

We have extensive knowledge of both UK and International Financial Reporting Standards and therefore can provide the advice and practical support you need.

Expatriate Advisory Service

James Cowper Kreston’s expatriate advisory service forms part of our specialist International Services, enabling us to advise companies and individuals on all expatriate related matters. You may not have the in-house skills to deal with the multi-jurisdiction issues which arise with assignees, or simply not have the time to manage all aspects of the assignee population. We can take the hassle away from you and become your extended HR function in managing the expatriates.

James Cowper Kreston can guide you through your international expansion, so that you have time to focus on what really matters – your business. Having a local Oxford based from with global reach working alongside your goals will give you everything you need to achieve success.

For more information on any of these services please contact James Pitt at James Cowper Kreston.

About the author

James Cowper Kreston
James is an audit and assurance partner at James Cowper Kreston based in our Oxford office. James qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm before leaving to work for one of the Big Four. He returned as an audit manager in 2010 before progressing to partner in May 2017. As well as being a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) he hold the ICAEW Diploma in IFRS.

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