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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Stories that get stuck in your teeth.


New In Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas Magazine: Big Four To Big Three

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Could the audit industry, which thrives on a government mandate that subsidizes an oligopolistic business model, survive if we went, catastrophically, from four to three global firms?


Naming Them: Why Markets Deserve To Know Audit Partner Names And More

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

We now know more about what the firms have been hiding. The global capital markets, not just current shareholders, need full disclosure of the engagement teams on all public issuers over time, and in a way that is easily accessible.


Five Auditor Independence Issues PCAOB SAG Not Yet Addressing

Monday, November 11th, 2013

There are five big auditor independence issues that space prevented a full discussion of yesterday and that are not on the agenda of the PCAOB SAG meeting this week. My hope is that regulators, policy makers and other interested parties will start talking about these issues, too, while I am in DC this week.


PwC To Acquire Booz But Broader Not Better For Integrity Of Global Capital Markets

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

PwC says it will acquire Booz. Don’t count on the SEC or the PCAOB to stop PwC and its audit firm competitors from “slipping back” into the old conflicts between audit and consulting. Is anyone guarding the guardians?


Top Finance Bloggers in Chicago According to Crain’s

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

I’m very proud to have been included in the Crain’s Chicago Business list of top local finance bloggers.


Only Money—Deloitte Pays Another Fine And Then Moves On

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Deloitte has been caught thumbing its nose at regulators again. Deloitte is the best example in the Big Four of how a large consulting business corrupts an audit firm.


$99 Million Buys EY Ticket Out Of Private Lehman Litigation, Finally

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Last defendant standing. Not an enviable place for EY in the case, In re Lehman Brothers Securities and Erisa Litigation. Holding out until the end has now cost EY $99 million, more than Lehman officers and directors.


Crain’s Chicago Business Focuses On Big Four Auditors And Consulting

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Crain’s Chicago Business and journalist Steve Strahler have produced a series on the reemergence of the consulting arms of the Big Four audit firms with a particular focus on the Midwest and Chicago firm leadership. I’m quoted and there’s a nice photo.


McKenna Gives Luncheon Keynote For Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting

Friday, October 11th, 2013

I was the luncheon speaker on October 10, 2013 at the annual meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF). Here is the text of my remarks.