Expert tips: François Filion – Accuracy

February 17, 2016

Accuracy was created in November 2004 by a team of former employees of Arthur Andersen, convinced of the relevance of creating an independent player in the field of accountancy. Accuracy is now present in nine countries in Europe, North America and Asia, and handles missions all over the world.

FRANCOIS_FILION_0004_FFounded in 2011 by Guylaine Leclerc and François Filion, Accuracy Canada has seen its workforce grow at an average rate of 70% per year and its sales grow at a rate of 40% per year. Since Ms. Leclerc was appointed Auditor General of Québec, coordination of the Canadian office has been overseen by François Filion, associate manager, assisted by his management team made up of Anne-Marie Bélanger, Alain David and Ghislain Richter.

1. What does your company do?

Accuracy is the only totally independent player of European origin having a global reach that has chosen Montréal for its North American development. Accuracy intervenes in financial consulting and integrates its expertise in economic, financial and accounting disciplines, all in the service of one vocation: provide meaning to numbers, analyze and critique them, make them accurate and comment on them in order to enable decision-making.

2. Who is your market?

We advise local and international business leaders, their shareholders, lawyers and government agencies in various high-stakes situations: acquisitions, cessions, business difficulties, disputes, investigations and litigation and economic and financial analyses.

3. What distinguishes Accuracy within the Montréal ecosystem? What is your expertise?

Accuracy is the only totally independent advisory service firm with the following characteristics: total independence (pursues no regulated activity), global reach (only one international partnership and shared expertise), very high level multidisciplinary team (accountants, financiers, engineers, lawyers) focused on all accountancy activities (support for transactions, forensic accounting, assessments, corporate restructuring, business and economic analysis).

4. What advice would you give to a foreign company who wishes to invest in Greater Montréal?

Through its dynamism, employment market, poles of sectoral expertise and mutating economic landscape (large number of companies created and upcoming transmission of a significant part of the SME fabric), Montréal is rich in opportunity for international groups who want to open up their development and support their growth on the North American continent.

The main piece of advice is to take into consideration the cultural dimension specific to Canada and North America. It is sometimes necessary for European groups to integrate within their analysis grids the specific cultural elements as well as the way of doing business (mechanisms, rhythm, communication, etc.).

Montréal has the advantage of having very structured organizations that will provide the keys to understanding as well as the necessary support.

5. What three words best describe Greater Montréal?

Dynamic, prosperous and cosmopolitan

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