French Business Network
The Ernst & Young France contact for French groups and their subsidiaries abroad.
The French Business Network is a global network of 31 multidisciplinary French Business Centers (FBCs) established in 21 countries around the world. It includes more than 120 French partners and professionals integrated into the EY offices abroad and dedicated to serving French companies locally.
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil , Canada, China, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA and Vietnam.
The FBN is an Ernst & Young France initiative designed to reduce both obstacles arising from geographical distance and the problems encountered by subsidiaries and their parent company in understanding local business rules and customs.
Our teams, our added value
The French Business Centers include more than 120 French Ernst & Young partners and professionals dedicated to providing audit, transaction support and advisory services to the subsidiaries of French companies. Integrated into our Ernst & Young offices all around the world, they are able to mobilize resources locally to offer services tailored to their needs.
The FBN teams:
- are dedicated to French assignments locally
- have extensive experience in international and French business
- are familiar with resolving the various issues faced by the subsidiaries of French groups abroad
- deliver services, as needed, in local and in « French format », which can be immediately used by local management, Ernst & Young France teams and client head offices in France
- work with Ernst & Young's offices in France to provide consistency on international assignments
Our clients say why the FBN provides value to their business
- Vice President “Finance Grande Chine” of a world leader in the Hotel industry
“I have been working with Ernst & Young China teams for several years, after I worked with another firm before. I especially appreciate the bi cultural aspect (French and Chinese) of the French Business Center auditors who highly facilitate the jobs execution with my local accounting and reporting teams. I also appreciate the way information flows to the parent company with appropriate and accurate explanations related to the specific issues we face in our daily working environment in China"
- Group Accounting Director of a world leader in the luxury sector
“The presence of a French Business Center at EY Shanghai reduced the cultural gap between our countries. Our own constraints, together with the constraints linked to the country are more easily handled thanks to a good communication between our teams and EY teams, locally and centrally. The relationship with our auditors seems more effective and leads to a higher level of efficiency and quality in the production of our accounts”.
- Finance Controller for Asia, of a world leader in the automotive equipment sector
"An excellent knowledge of the industry sector and its problems along with a large cultural complicity in understanding the local economic and social environment have been key in the development of a fruitful relationship between our company and the EY French Business Center in Shanghai. Thanks to this mutual understanding, we could work together on the necessary methods and tools to support our development in China, while improving the fluidity of the communication with the parent company of our group”.
- Asia Pacific CFO of a large French distributor of electrical products
“The cultural mix obtained by integrating French nationals into Australian teams over a sufficient long-term period creates a "bilateral" benefit, since it provides good understanding of both countries’ local issues translated into both countries’ cultural context and language if need be. The Australian companies understand better the French Group’s expectations and requirements, which eases the exchanges and increases efficiently the level of compliance; and the issues arising from Australia’s business, finance, tax and legal environment get to be better communicated and explained, and therefore known and taken into consideration by the French side."
- Americas CFO of a French leading Bank
“Ernst & Young and our company have a solid, long-term and fruitful relationship. Our international development, particularly in the United States, strengthens our need to rely on an advisor who is able to accompany us on this development. The presence of a French desk in the United States is an additional advantage for Ernst & Young. This presence, which is reinforced by certain cultural ties, facilitates exchanges, leads to a better understanding of our needs and finally, enables the improvement in quality of the services provided.”
- CFO of one of the leading companies of the construction industry
“The presence of French professionals who were fully integrated into the local Ernst & Young teams largely facilitated the acquisition operations our group carried out in the United States, Chile and Brazil. It also created a climate of confidence that is necessary in this kind of transaction. Moreover, the local resources mobilized by Ernst & Young people were decisive in closing the various transactions within the deadlines planned.”
- Audit Director of a French engineering and consultancy group
“Conducting internal audit outside France is quite challenging to us, in terms of cost and quick understanding of the local environment. The French Business Network facilitates access to local internal audit experts we can rely on with a good level of confidence.
In India, I made a very easy and quick contact with the French representative of the French Business Network through my usual Ernst & Young France interlocutors. The French Desk facilitated both our business talks and the coordination of the mission. Thanks to the good quality of our relationship, I developed confidence towards the local management and could cancel the travels I initially had planned in order to validate the mission. I did appreciate the very efficient way Ernst & Young Paris managed to hand over a strong relationship built over years to Ernst & Young New Delhi.”
- Senior VP NACC of the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in North America
“The involvement of the French Business Network is a key element of our relationship with E&Y. From a technical point of view, but also cultural and relational, the French Business Networks brings a very unique and highly appreciated contribution to the audit of our company.”
- MD of an Indian subsidiary of a French Industrial Group, leader in their field
“Our industrial group has extensive experience in acquisitions, especially in emerging countries. Nevertheless, considering the specific nature of India, we wanted to build on the support provided by Ernst & Young. With the support of its French Business Centre India, we were able to quickly identify specialists within Ernst & Young India who intervened on many aspects of our transaction.”