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Nov 23

Auditor changes up 33 percent in 2010

Posted by Stephen Taub in PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Grant ThorntonGlass LewisErnst & YoungDeloitte & TouchecomplianceBDO USAauditors

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Companies are switching auditors at a more rapid clip these days.

According to Glass Lewis, 61 companies changed auditors in the first three quarters of 2010, 33 percent more than in the same period last year.

Sep 16

UK watchdog barks at auditors

Posted by nicklord in PwC, KPMG, Ernst & YoungDeloitteauditing


The Financial reporting Council of the UK has released the annual results of its inspection of the big four accounting firms. Its verdict? Could do better.

Each of the big four - KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and Ernst & Young - were found to have been less than perfect. Each was found guilty of specific misdemeanors, but the common thread running through the report was that auditors faced too much internal pressure to do non-audit work, so that the quality and independence of the audits were in danger of slipping.

Jul 15

CFOs don’t aspire to be CEO

Posted by nicklord in Marks & SpencerHeinekenErnst & YoungDuba


A surprising new report from Ernst & Young makes the bold claim that only 10 percent of CFOs actually want to become CEO. The report - entitled ‘DNA of the CFO' - was based around a survey of 699 CFOs in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia and included in depth interviews with CFOs of leading companies such as Heineken, Dubai Aerospace Enterprises and Marks & Spencer.

The accepted wisdom is that in times of trouble, boards turn to CFOs to become CEOs. CFOs are seen as having a good handle on the numbers, attention to which is seen as the cure to the company's problems.

May 06

Deloitte has top restatement rate

Posted by Stephen Taub in restatementsPricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Glass LewisErnst & YoungDeloitte & TouchecomplianceBig FourBig 4

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If a company announces a restatement, chances are Deloitte & Touche is the auditor if it were a Big Four firm. At least that is the conclusion of a recent analysis of financial reporting issues conduct by Glass Lewis, the governance research firm.

It found that since 2007, more companies audited by D&T restated financial reports to correct errors than those examined by any other of the largest audit firm. D&T also had the highest restatement rate among Big Four firms in each of the last three years and through the first quarter of 2010.

Apr 15

Lehman's arrangement with Hudson Castle may have violated GAAP

Posted by Ron F in Lehman Brothers, GAAPFASBErnst & YoungcomplianceCitigroupbank failuresAccounting

Ron F

I'm far from the only person having a hard time understanding the significance of the deals arranged by a company that this page one New York Times story referred to as Lehman Brothers' "alter ego."

From the looks of it, the company in question, called Hudson Castle, was set up simply to serve in the traditional role of outside investor in another company's off-balance-sheet financing vehicle, which is known as a special purpose or variable interest entity in the accounting world, and a conduit or structured investment vehicle in the world of banks.

Apr 07

Big companies, big auditors, sitting in a tree

Posted by Ron F in PwC, KPMG, Goldman SachsGeneral ElectricErnst & YoungDeloittecost cuttingCashBig FourBig 4auditorsauditingAccounting

Ron F

Hey, I got hold of some interesting data from Audit Analytics on the length of time that some US companies have had the same auditors.

The issue arises in connection with a CFO cover story on audit fees that I wrote about yesterday.

Mar 31

PCAOB throws more checklists at auditors

Posted by Going Concern in RegulationPCAOB, Lehman Brothers, Ernst & YoungcomplianceauditorsAccounting

Going Concern

Submitted by Caleb Newquist, republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

Last week the PCAOB announced that it was getting serious about audit committee communication after it was revealed that Ernst & Young kinda sorta didn't think the Repo 105 situation was worth brining up to the Lehman Brothers audit committee. Granted, Dick Fuld is a pretty scary dude and has probably eaten plenty of Big 4 partners for breakfast in his day. But avoiding the awkward conversation this time around almost resulted in everyone fighting over stale hot dog buns in the street.

Mar 15

Which auditors have the highest error rate?

Posted by Stephen Taub in restatements, KPMG, Grant ThorntonErnst & YoungDeloitteBig Four

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Ernst & Young is under fire for its role in Lehman’s bankruptcy filing. According to some press reports, it might even face liability for its audit.

Feb 04

Big 4 CEOs get some media love in Davos

Posted by Going Concern in PwC, KPMG, IFRSErnst & YoungDeloitteDavoscomplianceCEOsCareers/ManagementBig 4Accounting

Going Concern

Submitted by Francine McKenna, republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

It's sort of sweet to see the CEOs of the Big 4 audit firms being treated like big deals at Davos. In the U.S., the media typically pays no attention to these guys unless there's either a catastrophic accounting related failure - and the recent crisis is not being viewed as such by the media - or some icky accounting issue like mark-to-market or IFRS that necessitates an interview with some accountant. Any accountant.

Sep 04

Best places to start a career? The Big Four

Posted by MQuinn in PricewaterhouseCoopersErnst & YoungDeloittecareersBig FourAccounting


Right now would unquestionably be a lousy time to be coming out of college and having to look for a job. And if you're a grad looking to get hired by not just any place but one of the best places to start, you might be even more troubled by where you'd be looking: Big Four accounting firms.

Oh the horror for all the non-number crunchers out there.

Yes, according to BusinessWeek's rankings of the best career-launching companies, the pinnacle of first post-undergraduate jobs are: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, in that order.

Based on criteria of average pay, how much entry-level hiring a company does, three-year retention rate, diversity, signing bonuses, 401(k) matching, mentoring and internal promotion, you apparently can't beat the Big Four.

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