Global Incentives, Innovation and Location Services

The COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, global trade realignment and geopolitical disruption have created greater complexities for companies as they consider their global footprint, expanding in existing or new markets, development of new products or services and business transformation.

What EY can do for you

The integrated global approach EY teams can take help position organizations to make successful investment decisions through:

  • Selecting the right site(s)
  • Offsetting hiring and investment activities with government incentives
  • Aligning research and development (R&D) and innovation funding schemes for enhanced or new products and services
  • Identifying sustainability subsidies to assist in meeting societal and company climate change goals 

EY‘s Global Incentives, Innovation and Location Services (GIILS) team is well-positioned to help due to our breadth of knowledge, consistent global approach, diverse project experiences and relationships with global economic development and tax agencies.

Our integrated services 
Global location investment services

As companies review their investment plans, global real estate footprint, supply chain and potential new markets, EY teams can assist companies determine the right locations to position themselves for short-term- and long-term success through balancing financial, operational, tax and return-on-investment considerations.

Global discretionary incentives, tax credits and subsidies

When considering cost management and return-on-investment, a company should not limit its exploration of government incentives and subsidies assistance to solely greenfield expansions or new-market entry. EY teams can assist companies review their proposed capital expenditures, expansion of existing operations, routine capital investment, consolidation of operations and other investment plans to align government subsidies to human and capital costs. Aligning these government programs with a company’s business plans can drive significant operational, financial and tax savings.

Additionally, governments provide “as-of-right” statutory credits to companies meeting various eligibility requirements for activities such as capital investments, training, job creation, R&D, sustainability and other investments. EY teams have developed a process whereby we review a company’s information on a retroactive, current and future basis to identify and align available credit and exemption opportunities.

Innovation and R&D grants, credits, and incentives

One of the biggest challenges for an organization is creating innovative products, technology, and services to bring to the market. EY teams can provide your company with insights from the inception of an idea through commercialization of the end product by providing effective market insights as well as aligning your innovation and R&D projects to government funding at all relevant levels.    

Incentives and credits compliance

Compliance reporting is an integral part of all incentive agreements. EY teams have a wide range of innovative technology we can incorporate in order to work with companies to determine compliance needs for existing agreements and help realize incentive claims.

Sustainability and climate grants

Sustainability is an essential part of strategic business planning. EY teams are well-positioned to assist your company meet its sustainability goals and strategies on a global basis. EY teams provide a broad and detailed delivery model that can help your company secure tax and financial relief at the global, country, state, local and utility levels.

Economic Development Advisory Services

EY teams are positioned to assist governments and economic development agencies with strategic insights on a variety of perspectives related to the COVID-19 pandemic efforts, economic growth, economic development policies, benchmarking and foreign direct investment.

Worldwide R&D Incentives Reference Guide

The Worldwide R&D Incentives Reference Guide offers taxpayers the information necessary to identify and assist to leverage opportunities to benefit from available incentives, especially relevant if they are contemplating new or expanded investments in R&D, innovation and sustainability.

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The team

Brian Smith

EY Global Incentives, Innovation and Location Services Leader
Optimist. World traveler. Cross cultural. Global collaborator. Passionate communicator. Loving husband and father of 2 adopted children. Love history, economics and politics. Avid golfer.
Phoenix, USA

Jamie Munday

EY Global Quantitative Services Leader; EY Asia-Pacific Business Tax Advisory R&D and Technology QS Leader
Passionate about working with start-ups, high-growth companies and large corporates to access alternate funding. Proud parent of twin boys.
Sydney, AUS

Helen Rice

EY Asia-Pacific Global Incentives, Innovation and Location Services Co-Leader
Trusted advisor with a global mindset. Loves a challenge. Professional globetrotter. Cross-cultural collaborator. Enthusiastic linguist. Voracious reader.
Hong Kong SAR, CHN

Marcel Sikkema

EY Nordics and EMEIA Quantitative Services Leader
Entrepreneur. Incentive professional with global mindset. Cycling enthusiast. Proud parent of two.
Stockholm, SWE

Frank Burkert

EY EMEIA R&D and Innovation Services Leader
Believer that innovation and collaboration is the only way forward for a better working world. Married and father of four. Passionate runner and skier. Frequent winner of “best dressed” at EY.
Hamburg, DEU

Paul Naumoff

EY Global Sustainability Tax Leader; Global and Americas Location Investment, Credits & Incentives Leader
Strategic EY advisor for over 20 years. Experienced with economic development, site selection and incentives and tax credit matters. Husband and father. Board of education member. Charity-run planner.
Columbus, USA

Scott Mackay

EY Americas Quantitative Services Leader and US National Tax Accounting Periods, Methods & Credits Leader
Leading teams in the application of complex tax technical rules in the area of accounting periods, methods and credits, driving value and solving problems. Lucky husband. Proud father of two.
Washington, DC, USA

Craig Frabotta

EY Global Research Credit Leader; EY Americas Global Incentives, Innovation and Location Services Leader
Hard-working and accountable. Strong client advocate. Avid sports fan and long-time youth sports coach. Loving husband and father of three boys.
Cleveland, USA

Our latest thinking

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