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ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty

ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty

ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 147,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

In a complex global economy, talented, ethical and committed professionals have never been more highly valued. Combining unrivalled knowledge, skill and commitment, chartered accountants enable businesses, organisations, individuals and communities to achieve their financial and strategic goals – with rigour, integrity and vision. You will find members working in every part of the economy, providing advice and financial expertise that informs the management of businesses and public sector organisations alike.

Members work in a number of areas including:

Public practice
Over 43,000 of ICAEW members work within an accountancy firm and provide a range of accountancy and tax services to clients, including business advice, management consultancy and audits. Firms vary in size from the sole practitioner to one of the Big Four multinational accountancy firms.

Accountants are often employed within an organisation using their financial knowledge and expertise to control the management of the business and to help it develop. They can occupy roles such as finance director or fund manager. Currently, over 64,000 of ICAEW members work in business.

Public Sector and Charity
Over 9,000 ICAEW members currently work in these sectors in a variety of roles.

Corporate finance
Large firms often have specialised departments in corporate finance. Work involves securing finance for company mergers, acquisitions, management buy-ins and buy-outs and capital reconstructions. A job in corporate finance requires skills in negotiation with finance providers, lawyers, researchers and other key professionals.

Forensic accounting
Investigations into commercial fraud, personal injury cases and civil cases often require the testimony of expert witnesses in accountancy. Large firms often have specialised departments in litigation support composed of qualified accountants.

Chartered accountants were founders of the accountancy profession and have led its global development. Today they hold influential positions around the world as business leaders, decision-makers and trusted advisers. From the largest listed companies to the most interesting and influential organisations, you’ll find a chartered accountant shaping their success.  As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity.

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Access to the right kind of finance at every stage in your growth journey enables businesses like yours to invest, grow and create jobs. That’s why the British Business Bank and ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty, and partner organisations representing finance and business, have created the business finance guide.

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