Simplifying your corporate structure

The challenge of organizational disruption is not new, but it is changing. As financial complexity and innovation are accelerating, the impact is shifting the way organizations need to respond.

What EY can do for you 

We can help you achieve the following benefits of simplifying your group structure:


  • Reduced compliance costs
  • Capital and cash efficiencies
  • Optimization of distribution streams and removal of dividend blocks
  • Rationalization of intercompany balances
  • A simpler group structure that maximizes the efficiency of your operating model
  • A structure that minimises tax leakage on the repatriation of cash


  • Improved transparency and corporate governance
  • Greater control and risk management
  • Enhanced board and investor perception
  • Approaches to address the lack of “corporate memory” around unknown contingent and legacy liabilities
  • Reduced management time spent on nonoperating entities

Broad experience

We have experience supporting the complete spectrum of organizations, whether large multinational companies seeking to reduce their global entity footprint or a small domestic organization looking to remove a single entity from its structure for a specific purpose. Our team integrates restructuring, tax and financial advisory knowledge to help your organization assess, rationalize and simplify its legal entity structure across the key phases of corporate simplification:

  • Setup: A critical part of successful corporate simplification is to define objectives and governance from the outset. We support clients to initiate their internal setup, including facilitating a workshop with key stakeholders in which we share lessons learned and leading practices from our deep and varied experience.
  • Group complexity analysis: We can undertake a desktop analysis of a legal entity structure to provide advice and recommendations on which entities in the group could be eliminated and to identify “quick wins” to generate momentum.
  • Program management: We have a flexible approach to supporting program delivery, ranging from taking full control and responsibility for running the program to supporting internal program management resource with technical knowledge only.
  • Due diligence and issue resolution: We deliver a bespoke questionnaire to facilitate the collation of entity information. We use our extensive experience to identify potential risks and to provide commercial, pragmatic advice and leading practice solutions to resolve identified issues. As a multidisciplinary organization, we can draw on subject matter professionals across sectors, technical disciplines and geographies to respond quickly and efficiently to any additional support our clients may require through the life of the program.

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