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    An Honest Services Crisis: Professional Poison and a Chicago Connection

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

    The Big Four, off and on, have had some of the largest global consulting practices across most categories.The larger an organization gets, the more its staff takes on the average characteristics of individuals within the markets it serves. Mark O’Connor of Monadnock Research presents a guest post on the special risks posed by Big 4 audit firms who provide consulting services.

    Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The PCAOB After The Supreme Court Ruling

    Saturday, June 26th, 2010

    The Supreme Court will hand down their decision on Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB before on June 28th. Congressional action may be necessary to reestablish the PCAOB or a comparable regulatory authority within the SEC, if we want to continue independent regulation of the audit firms. I have some recommendations for a new PCOAB law.

    On My Plate: The Compliance Week Annual Conference

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

    There’s quite a bit on my plate while I’m here in Washington DC this week for the Compliance Week Annual Conference. I’ve brought my sharp pen and stilettos to the the Mayflower Hotel, where I’m resting comfortably and waiting for the kickoff reception tonight.  This is my fourth year covering the conference for re: The […]

    Compensation Committees To Be More Like Audit Committees: Okie-Dokie

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    As much as I wholeheartedly agree with Compensation Committee independence reforms in principle, I am skeptical about how well they will be implemented and enforced. Let’s look at how well the independence provisions that were implemented for Audit Committees in 2003 worked out. What did lawmakers hope to accomplish when the audit committee independence provisions were included in the Sarbanes Oxley Act?

    Hedge Funds And Their Auditors – It’s Good To Be Aggressive

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

    Every once and a while someone asks me, “fm, how do you keep up with all the news, the stories?  How do you know all this stuff?” Well…Although I have been accused of conceit, presumption, being “too smart,” being too quick to draw conclusions, painting a whole firm black on very little basis, precociousness, general […]