The accelerating pace of regulatory change and growth in the financial services sector along with the introduction of mandatory audit rotation for Public Interest Entities (PIEs) has contributed to a significant expansion of our Financial Services Audit offering in recent years.
Led by a team of dedicated financial services audit partners and directors, the team has grown to now consist of more than 150 financial services audit professionals who provide a range of key services to regulated entities across the financial services sector including banks, insurance companies, asset managers, funds, Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), credit unions and emerging fintech players.
Growth has been particularly strong over the past three years, mainly driven by our unique service offering.
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Financial services audit is a highly technical and specialised activity which requires detailed knowledge and expertise of a wide range of evolving regulatory and financial reporting requirements such as the recent implementation of IFRS 9 for banking clients, funds and SPVs and IFRS 17 for insurance.
The Grant Thornton Financial Services Audit team offers that expertise and knowledge along with a horizontal approach to solving clients’ problems and queries. Clients get access to the full range of our expertise and the complete service offering which exists within Grant Thornton. Any questions that might arise during the course of the audit can be dealt with by our core audit team complemented by our other subject matter experts across the different areas of the firm. This strength in depth which combines the expertise of our audit team with dedicated specialists in other key areas allows us to offer a complete audit service to our clients.
Our blend of experience, expertise and efficiency has seen the Financial Services Audit business grow by 50% over the past two years having been particularly successful in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) and Section 110 markets during that time. In addition, we are now the auditors to 19% of the registered credit institutions in Ireland and have significantly grown our insurance company audit client base.