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    February 2017
 
 
Welcome to our financial services community!
 
We look forward to sharing valuable and informative insights on global industry news, regulatory updates and best business practices currently impacting the financial services environment.

- Charles V. Abraham, Partner, Financial Services Practice Leader                
- Alex Unterkoefler, Partner, Consulting Practice Leader                   
- Mike Bernstein, Partner, Financial Advisory Services Practice Leader          
- Charles de Boisriou, Partner, Global Financial Services Leader - Mazars
 
           
SECTOR HIGHLIGHT: INSURANCE
How Will the Potential Drop in the U.S. Corporate Income Tax Rate Impact Insurers’ Financial Statements?
By Tom Barber

With Republicans now in control of the White House and both Houses of Congress, there is a very strong likelihood that the corporate income tax rate will have the most significant drop since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 when the rate dropped from 46% to 34%.
 
 
FEATURED ARTICLES
Are You Ready for a Corporate Governance Review?
By Jeff Palmer
Over the years, corporate governance has received greater focus from investors, regulators and anyone else trying to evaluate a company. The failure of Enron and the financial crisis of 2008 highlighted the importance of corporate governance as a barometer for corporate accountability and a necessity for avoiding such disasters. Click here to read article.


Incentive Plans
By Dean H. Woodson
The news has highlighted the recent issues related to the abuses conducted by one of the money center institutions related to incentive programs. The bank had instituted incentive programs that created a culture that placed excessive pressure on retail personnel to open accounts and related services. Click here to read article.


Consolidated Audit Trail Approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission
By Samuel Pizzichillo
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a plan on November 15, 2016, to create the consolidated audit trail (“CAT”), a central data source to collect and accurately identify every order, cancellation, modification and trade execution for all exchange-listed equities and options across all U.S. markets. Click here to read article.

Global Perspectives
Infrastructure Investments: the Impact on Solvency II Balance Sheets for Insurers
By Ismaël Tahri Hassani | Mazars France
The Cambridge dictionary defines ‘infrastructure’ as ‘the basic systems and services that a country or organisation uses to work effectively’. This rather broad definition covers a wide range of assets at the heart of economic activity: they do not just provide a service to an individual or enterprise, but to economic agents in general. Click here to read article.

 
FEATURED EVENTS
Industry Events:
IIB Annual Washington Conference
March 12-14, 2017
Ritz Carlton, Washington DC
Mazars USA is a sponsor

IIA – General Audit Management Conference
March 20-22, 2017
Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL
Mazars USA is an exhibitor
 
Insurance Society of Philadelphia - Philly I-Day 2017
March 23, 2017
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Mazars USA is a sponsor and exhibitor
 
Hosted Event:
Mazars’ Financial Services Forum: Top Priorities for Private Equity Firms
May 10, 2017
Open to clients and prospects
 
For more information on any of our events, please contact marketing@weisermazars.com

 
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