Professional Financial Translation Services

Translation of financial statements and documents into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and most European and Asian languages

You’ve made the perfect match overseas; found that ideal foreign partner who can help drive your company to new profitability in burgeoning markets. Now you just have to figure out how to ensure the two sides can communicate and keep the plan on track.
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As globalization continues to make great strides, the financial sector increasingly resorts to premium translations in order to inform international stakeholders about the performance of their investment. It is crucial for financial businesses to realize the importance of collaborating closely with a specialized translator. This is especially true in the realm of businesses that operate in English and French-speaking countries.

First, as a technical field, finance heavily relies on complex jargon and abstract frameworks that are only truly understood by specialized practitioners. In addition, cultural and regulatory idiosyncrasies are highly significant and should adequately be accounted for when translating from English to French.

Translations that aren’t undertaken by professionals might allow the reader to get the gist of your message, but they will not precisely convey its originally intended meaning. Distorted communication can have a devastating effect on your future viability if your stakeholders’ trust withers away and your operations fall short of expectations.

Industry knowledge is a prerequisite for financial translation

As you review your yearly balance sheet, you may wonder who else might be able to distinguish between accruals and realized profits or understand why prepayments are classified as liabilities.

Most people would agree that translating a document that appears completely unfamiliar is incredibly daunting and has the potential to generate consequential mistakes.

In financial translating circles, an anecdote recently caught my attention: a financial company which had decided to delegate their balance sheet translation to an unspecialized translator was surprised to notice that “stock” had been erroneously translated into “shares” in French as opposed to “inventories”.

The truth is that such a discrediting mistake could be easily avoided if only your translator had undertaken rigorous training, whether academic or professional, in the financial sector.

A professional translator from French to English must also be aware of the guidelines regarding formatting, numbering, and terms in both countries. Indeed, most English-speaking countries follow the rules given by GAAP or IFRS whereas most French-speaking countries adhere to the Plan de Comptabilité General (ICG).

This matters as certain English technical notions have no French counterpart, such as EBITDA (earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization). Hence a professional translator must undertake a contextual analysis in order to find the French equivalent; in this case it could be BAIIA or EBT.

Also, from an editorial perspective, certain financial documents, such as investor reports, tend to obey different modes of expression as they cater to readerships with distinctive cultural expectations.

To address all the aforementioned risks, ideally, you should rely on a professional translator who has had experience working and/or studying in both a French- and an English-speaking country.

“A cheap option can easily turn into an expensive mistake”

Here’s a short list of financial documents that often land on a financial translator’s desk:
Stock exchange
Balance sheets
Audit reports
Annual reports
Equity research
Bank statements
Bank documents
Business plans
Shareholder Info
Investigation papers
Meeting summaries
Profit and loss reports
Geopolitical studies
Insurance-related documents
Investment fund reports
Financial information documents
Investment marketing documents
Key investor information documents (KIID)
Texts concerning mergers and acquisitions
Risk management and asset management documents
All the above share one characteristic: they carry considerable weight in terms of their amount of information and the business stakes they incur. It is crucial to treat the translation of these documents with great caution to avoid the dramatic consequences which may ensue.

Low-quality French translations often result in an increase in the total costs of your operations, as you inevitably end up calling upon a professional to clear up any mistakes. Additionally, severe delays may occur if your financial presentations (info memos) fail to accurately convey the modalities of your projects. Finally, your company may suffer in the long run from a loss of reputation in French-speaking countries or incur lawsuits following the rejection of your proposals by the local regulatory bodies.

It is important for your translation partner to measure these risks appropriately. Oftentimes, specialized translators address these by employing advanced technologies to manage terminology accuracy and include post-translation checks and proofreading in their services.

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Finding the ideal agency and engaging in a long-term relationship
Building a long-term relationship with your financial translator ensures that your firm’s idiosyncrasies are known so as to limit the number of possible miss-characterizations of your identity as a business.

The longer you work alongside a translation provider, the higher the quality of your French documents will ultimately become.

To determine whether your partner is adequate, consider its degree of financial specialization, as given by the level of studies or experience of translators in the financial sector.

Also, make sure that your provider has a robust terminological base, and can adapt to your preferences if need be. Finally, make sure that the communication between your firm and your provider is clear and honest to avoid costly mistakes and ensure your stakeholders ultimately remain perfectly informed. This will only benefit your business in the long-run.

BeTranslated is a professional translation agency that specializes in financial and corporate texts. Looking for advice or a quote? Get in touch today!

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