Since 2008 the financial sector has seen unprecedented changes
Whereas changes in the financial sector were incremental until 2008, since then legislation has had an unprecedented impact. The reputation and reliability of companies and their directors is also coming under ever greater scrutiny. At macro level endeavours are being made to strike a new balance between regulation and business freedom, while at micro level innovation and profitability are high on companies’ agendas. In a tightly regulated sector like finance, that can give rise to tensions. One reason for these tensions is the changing societal context in which companies operate, for instance in relation to tax legislation. Another is competition between countries, for instance to attract new companies. All in all, there are many threats and opportunities to be taken into account when weighing interests to determine a company’s or sector’s strategy. And Public Matter’s consultants will be glad to help you achieve this. All the more so because, since our lobby agency was founded in 2001, we have developed extensive knowledge of this sector, its policymakers and influencers.
Examples of our public affairs support for clients in the financial sector:
- Manage friendly and hostile company takeovers.
- Advise on how to manage the fiscal/state-aid process (in the Netherlands / The Hague, Brussels and beyond).
- Influence the fiscal policy agenda/tax plan with respect to specific policy measures.
- Manage stakeholder networks at times of crisis when the reputation of a company and its leadership are a matter of debate.
- Develop messaging that is distinctive from competitors while safeguarding the sector’s interests.
- Make sense of policy developments in the financial sector in the short and long term.