Archive for the ‘PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Category

Winning! PwC Argues Both Sides Of The Partner Naming Debate

By Francine • Dec 19th, 2013

How do the audit firms keep winning the war while losing battles left and right? They use the law and the courts to delay, deter and distract from transparency by settling, and sealing what they can, before the public can find out what silly arguments they often make in their defense.

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Big Four Auditors and Jury Trials: Not In The U.S.

By Francine • Jun 19th, 2012

You have to go outside of the US to see a trial of a Big Four audit firm to know what I’m talking about. Australia’s Centro case against PwC or Canada’s Nortel case where Deloitte partners testified recently tell you everything you need to know about why the Big Four will settle every time. Rather than have a jury and the public hear and see the pathetic state of the audit profession, its inability to stop executives who want to cheat, and its unwillingness to acknowledge liability as a firm when it screws up, the firms will reach into their seemingly bottomless pockets and pay up.

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When Is A Hedge Not A Hedge? The Accounting For JP Morgan’s Bet

By Francine • May 18th, 2012

Yesterday’s column at American Banker digs into the accounting for JP Morgan’s reported “hedge”. I was shocked – OK, not really – that no main stream media outlet had explained the stunning announcement made by Jamie Dimon last Thursday.

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Update: Mortgage Servicer Foreclosure Review Process

By Francine • Dec 27th, 2011

I was the first to report on December 6 the irony of Deloitte having been selected by, of all banks, JP Morgan Chase. The high likelihood of a conflict between the bank and the audit firm, and possibly the individual Deloitte partners assigned to the JP Morgan Chase review, should have been obvious to anyone at the OCC. It turns out I was right.

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Rogue Traders, Rogue Firms: The CME, PwC, MF Global and the Legacy of Refco

By Francine • Nov 14th, 2011

Let’s not forget PricewaterhouseCoopers, MF Global’s auditors.

When it comes to hands-on access to private information, the auditor has more than any other regulator mentioned. And they are supposed to be experts in that client’s business and in the accounting and auditing standards for that industry. PwC also audits JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs. They are all large players in the futures brokerage industry.

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MF Global: Where Is The Missing Money?

By Francine • Nov 10th, 2011

Almost everyone wondering where the missing MF Global customer assets have gone thinks they will show up eventually. I believe the assets are long gone.

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Making Mortgage Fraudsters Pay…But Via Private Lawsuits (And Some Attorneys General) Not Law Enforcement

By Francine • Jul 5th, 2011

Thank goodness for the plaintiffs’ bar and class action lawsuits. And state attorneys general. Without them, there’d be very little justice yet – or compensation – for any of the mortgage-related fraud perpetrated during the real estate bubble.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Headed For A Trial In California Overtime Case

By Francine • Jun 17th, 2011

There’s one thing about litigation that everyone agrees on. Anything can, and sometimes does, happen.

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Yukos Slicks Accuse PricewaterhouseCoopers Of Succumbing To Kremlin Pressure

By Francine • Sep 10th, 2010

There’s quite a bit of bad news coming out of Russia about PricewaterhouseCoopers and their client Yukos. Former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev stand co-accused in a new trial brought by prosecutors intent on preventing their scheduled release from prison in 2011. Khodorkovsky and Lebedev have decided to target PwC in their defense.

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Veteran’s Day In PwC Advisory: Say Auf Wiedersehen

By Francine • Nov 2nd, 2009

New US Advisory Leader, Dana McIlwain laid out the bad news: The time has come to cut. Average utilization is hovering at 69%. Cash collections are millions short. Campus recruiting for Advisory has been stopped cold. Business sucks and then there’s the 800+ BearingPoint folks to absorb. On November 11th the rank and file partners, fortified after training and coaching by HR via a webcast in the next few days, will chop 300+ professionals from PwC Advisory…

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