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More On My Reuters Breakingviews Column: The Andersen Tax Name Grab

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The news that a tax consulting firm made up of ex-Andersen partners would take the Andersen name garnered much media attention, as you might expect. It says something—but maybe not what the firm’s partners think— that so many years after the destruction of Arthur Andersen by criminal indictment—thirteen years—so many people care.

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PwC Put Guy Who Whitewashed For Bank In Partner Spot

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The NYDFS PwC investigation discovered several emails that Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services for New York, characterized Monday as examples of a consultant going along with a “whitewash”.

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Big Four Takeovers Raise Concerns: McKenna Featured In “The Bottom Line”

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

The August issue of The Bottom Line in Canada includes quite a few quotes and a nice color photo of me in a story about the wave of new consulting firm acquisitions by Big Four audit firms all over the world.

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Auditors and the Financial Crisis: Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

This is the text of my speech for the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Conference last Friday. The theme of this year conference was “The Institutional Foundation of Capitalism”. Our special session was entitled ‘The New Financial Architecture after Financial Crisis’.

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Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Are Back: More “Adjustments”, More Calls For Reform

Monday, May 12th, 2014

“If accounting errors were felonies in California, Fannie Mae would already be serving life under Three Strikes.” That’s what GoingConcern.com said. See what I told TheStreet.com about Fannie Mae’s latest multi-billion dollar “adjustments”.

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US Department of Justice v KPMG: Document Shows “Too Few To Fail” Was Opening Premise

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

A new KPMG tax shelter era document surfaced, in original format, that had not yet been cited or quoted from in any media reports. The document tells us that late in the negotiations, June 27, 2005 the DOJ still would not agree to all of KPMG’s terms, including promising not to criminally charge the firm. But the decision to make sure the firm did not “go under” had already been made. KPMG and its Skadden attorneys only had to make sure the DOJ didn’t, in a misguided show of sheer aggressiveness, cause another Arthur Andersen.

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PwC, And HP, Sued By Mobile Monitor Technologies LLC For Theft of Trade Secrets

Monday, April 14th, 2014

An ugly lawsuit filed by Mobile Monitor Technologies LLC against PwC and HP could be an excellent example of what Monadnock’s Mark O’Connor referred to in a recent post here: Advisory work that auditors perform can present an untenable conflict in performing their primary role, and public duty to the capital markets, as auditors.

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All The Auditors Are Above Average: Jay Hanson Allergic To “Audit Failure”

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Should audit and auditor failure be solely defined by identified material misstatements that result in restatements, and internal control failures? I don’t think so but Jay Hanson, PCAOB Board member, said so recently.

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The SEC’s AgFeed Complaint: No Restatement Means No Sarbanes-Oxley Clawback

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

The AgFeed case is the mother lode for an SEC that says it’s ready to rack up some accounting fraud enforcement points and, perhaps, pursue a more aggressive enforcement approach to sparsely utilized Sarbanes-Oxley provisions like Section 304, clawbacks.

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A Need for Transparency In Financial Staffing: A Guest Post From Dan Gaffney

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

According to Freelancers Union, almost one-third of the American workforce is independent. That’s nearly 42 million people and growing. The staffing industry, which should support the wave of new freelancers, hasn’t adapted since William Russell Kelly founded the Russell Kelly Office Service in Detroit in 1946.

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