Archive for the ‘Pure Content’ Category

Piling Up For PwC

By • Nov 18th, 2014

Update: The PCAOB is investigating PwC for its tax avoidance advice to Caterpillar, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. One down, more than 100+ PwC audit clients advised via Luxembourg to go…



New At Forbes Online: The Precarious Financial Position Of The New York Times

By • Nov 11th, 2014

Update: This column was linked to by the NYT Public Editor! I published some New York Times numbers over at Forbes.com, “Time Is Running Short For The New York Times”, in anticipation of the company’s 3Q earnings announcement on October 30.



18-Year Old Anthony Canalungo Questions Herbalife, And PwC, On Exchange Rates

By • Sep 23rd, 2014

Anthony Canalungo wrote a really interesting article about Herbalife’s financials in Venezuela. Three different MLM companies from the peer group in addition to Herbalife operating in Venezuela and all except for Herbalife are using SICAD 2. What else do these four firms have in common? Auditor PwC.



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

By • Sep 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.



Auditor Independence: Another Case of Misplaced Loyalty

By • Sep 2nd, 2014

Ryan Adams testified on behalf of PwC in an important court case. How can PwC be independent of Adam’s employer Marin Software, and Adams, the Financial Reporting Director at this newly public PwC-audited client company, if he’s testifying on PwC’s behalf in litigation that could impact PwC’s business model in California and, perhaps, nationally?



You’ll Never Eat Lunch… A Review of “This Town” By Mark Leibovich

By • Aug 24th, 2014

Mark Leibovich’s “This Town” is billed in the flap copy of the dust jacket as “a blistering, stunning —and often hysterically funny— examination of our ruling class’s incestuous ‘media industrial complex.’” Does anyone still eat lunch with him? In the new 24-7 news cycle, the half-life of any criticism of DC culture is about three days.



PwC Put Guy Who Whitewashed For Bank In Partner Spot

By • Aug 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”.



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

By • Jul 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’.



University of Chicago Booth Capital Ideas Magazine: Two New Articles

By • Jun 22nd, 2014

I have two articles in the University of Chicago Booth Capital Ideas Magazine Summer 2014 issue. One is about bank monitoring of private company financials and the other is about bank stress test disclosure. Their cover story, “Think you’re not a racist?” is also worth a close read.



Three Book Reviews: Naked Bankers, Mute Watchdogs, And Youthful Luchre

By • May 12th, 2014

Just in time for summer vacations, I’d like to offer for your consideration three books I’ve recently read.