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Will KPMG pay for Rolls-Royce’s corruption?

Tom Fox | May 7, 2017

The fallout from the global bribery and corruption resolution, led by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, involving Rolls-Royce continues, now in an unexpected manner. Reports indicated that the U.K. Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is now investigating the worldwide auditing entity over its audits of Rolls-Royce from 2010-2013. With its $892 million settlement with the United Kingdom, the United States, and Brazil, the Rolls-Royce matter is the third largest bribery and corruption resolution of all time. Of course, this is a continuing series of negative publicity for KPMG, which was the auditor for Wells Fargo and which was castigated by Senator Elizabeth Warren for failing to spot the fraud at that organization.

What is the role of external auditors in Foreign Corrrupt Practices Act, U.K. Bribery Act, or similar anti-corruption compliance? How far should auditors go in their efforts to...

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