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Will U.K. mandate that Big Four separate audit units make a difference?


The FRC hopes its demand that the Big Four isolate their audit units from their other businesses by 2024 will improve their ethical behavior … but some are skeptical.


Wirecard scandal will have cascading impact on Germany’s audit, regulatory landscape


Wirecard already is shaping up to be to Germany what Enron was to the United States: An accounting oversight failure so epic in its scope and scale that its aftermath is likely to forever alter the country’s auditing and accounting profession as it exists today.


In time of crisis, Wirecard has turned to its would-be CCO to lead


Reeling from a $2 billion accounting scandal, Wirecard has turned to its would-be chief compliance officer as its interim CEO. It’s the first smart move the company has made in a while, writes Martin Woods.


VEREIT to pay $8M to settle SEC fraud charges


VEREIT, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, will pay an $8 million penalty to resolve SEC fraud charges over intentionally overstating a key non-GAAP performance metric.

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FRC to probe EY, PwC audits of London Capital & Finance


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council has commenced three investigations into the audits of collapsed investment firm London Capital & Finance, including audits carried out by Big Four firms EY and PwC.


Lessons from Wirecard: Ignore unchallenged allegations at your peril


When a company does not rebut serious allegations of wrongdoing with litigation, the only response is to demand answers from the firm or take your business elsewhere, writes financial crime expert Martin Woods.


How coronavirus has shifted non-GAAP measures


The rules around non-GAAP reporting have not changed, but the coronavirus pandemic has brought about new considerations and challenges to consider in second-quarter reporting.


Auditor change: GE dumps KPMG for Deloitte


General Electric announced the appointment of Deloitte as its new independent auditor for fiscal year 2021, ending a relationship with KPMG that dates back to 1909.

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Regulators skew virtual with summer events calendar

2020-06-17T16:21:00+01:00By DeAnn Orie

Despite the coronavirus pandemic throwing a wrench into the events industry, U.S. regulators are still planning Webinars and other opportunities this summer to engage with the public.


FRC sanctions KPMG for audit failings of Foresight 4 VCT


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council imposed non-financial sanctions on KPMG related to audit failures concerning the financial statements of investment firm Foresight 4 VCT for fiscal years ending 2013, 2014, and 2015.


Best practices for auditing in the current crisis and beyond


A session from a recent MetricStream virtual conference provides lessons for internal audit on what risks to watch out for and how to chart a path forward.


KPMG cites internal control weaknesses in BT Group review


KPMG, in conducting an independent review of BT Group, has expressed the telecommunications company “did not maintain effective internal control over financial reporting” following its accounting fraud scandal.

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FRC strikes out again as third Tesco probe ends


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council has ended its third and final investigation into the Tesco accounting scandal, yet again failing to find anyone responsible for the overstating of £250 million (U.S. $317.5 million) in profits.

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PCAOB inspection reports: Deloitte shines in 2018; KPMG still behind


The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board issued 2018 inspection reports for the six largest U.S. audit firms, with Deloitte boasting the fewest deficiencies among the Big Four and KPMG struggling most.


FASB finalizes leases, rev rec delays prompted by coronavirus


The Financial Accounting Standards Board finalized effective date delays of one year to standards affecting revenue recognition and leases in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Documentary: Roadtrip Nation, CAQ partner to explore auditing careers


Considering a career in auditing? A new documentary produced by Roadtrip Nation and supported by the Center for Audit Quality follows three individuals pursuing just such a career.


Investigation into EY’s audit of Danske Bank dropped


Denmark’s state prosecutor has dropped its investigation into whether Big Four firm EY violated anti-money laundering laws in connection with its audit of Danske Bank.


U.S. takes aim at China with stock delisting bill


The “Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act,” passed unanimously by the Senate and now headed to the House, looks to rein in accounting improprieties of Chinese-based companies listed on the U.S. Stock Exchange.


How corporate finance can manage coronavirus challenges


Steve Barta, a partner in the Audit and Assurance practice of Deloitte & Touche, reveals some key accounting areas where finance leaders might need to give extra attention.


FRC probes KPMG, PwC over audits of Eddie Stobart Logistics


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council has launched investigations into Big Four firms KPMG and PwC concerning the audits of U.K. logistics company Eddie Stobart Logistics.

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e-Book: A Roadmap for Auditors Tackling COVID-19 Challenges

2020-05-27T05:26:00+01:00Provided by

The coronavirus pandemic has industries scrambling to rewrite the blueprints for effective operations, with auditors under pressure to perform.


CAQ: Virtual work, ICFR among coronavirus audit issues


The Center for Audit Quality advisory board member firms met with CAQ Executive Director Julie Bell Lindsay to discuss concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

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CPE Webcast: Best practices for enabling remote audit with tech

2020-05-21T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

Although company management and auditors may not see eye to eye on everything, they can agree that teams must find new ways to effectively work together during the COVID-19 crisis.


KPMG audit partners settle test cheating allegations


The KPMG cheating scandal expanded this week as three former partners at the firm settled charges with the SEC regarding the improper sharing of answers for internal training exams.

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KPMG faces $306M negligence claim over Carillion audit


U.K. government liquidators are preparing to sue KPMG for £250 million (U.S. $306 million) over alleged negligence in its audits of collapsed construction firm Carillion.


Luckin Coffee fires CEO, COO over accounting scandal


Luckin Coffee, the China-based equivalent of Starbucks roiled by allegations of fabricating millions in 2019 sales, has fired its CEO and reshuffled top leadership as part of its ongoing internal probe.

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White paper: The Dramatic Impact of the New Lease Accounting Standards

2020-05-13T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

The new lease accounting standards – ASC 842, IFRS 16 and GASB 87 – impact companies of all sizes and industries.


PCAOB inspection pause ends without extension


The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board announced the conclusion of its coronavirus-related 45-day relief period on audit inspections without an extension.

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MiMedx names new accounting chief post fraud settlement


Biotech company MiMedx Group, which last November settled an alleged case of accounting fraud with the SEC, announced the appointment of William Phelan as senior vice president and chief accounting officer.


How audit committees should prep for coronavirus challenges


Hille Sheppard of Sidley Austin offers some insights into what tactics audit committees should employ to confront uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


EY audit of NMC Health under investigation


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council has opened an investigation into EY’s audit of the 2018 financial statements of NMC Health, which is currently under investigation for accounting fraud.


PwC guidance: Navigating audit committee responsibilities amid the coronavirus pandemic


Internal auditors will want to check out a recent publication from PwC on how to navigate core audit committee responsibilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Two former Penn West execs settle accounting fraud charges with SEC


The former CFO and former VP of accounting and reporting at Penn West Petroleum have settled SEC charges for their role in an accounting fraud scheme that spanned several years.


Analysis: Luckin Coffee saga a case of déjà vu?


Financial crime expert Martin Woods ponders how the SEC can ensure foreign companies, like China-based Luckin Coffee, that publicly trade in the U.S. can apply the proper standards of compliance, financial reporting, and even whistleblower protections.

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FASB Q&A tackles coronavirus effect on hedge accounting


FASB staff issued a question-and-answer document to address uncertainty about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on cash flow hedge accounting under Accounting Standards Codification Topic 815.


CAQ exec: How audit must adapt amid coronavirus challenges


Julie Bell Lindsay, executive director of the Center for Audit Quality, shares her perspectives on how public company auditors are coping with new challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

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White paper: Lease Accounting Software Buyer’s Guide

2020-04-24T06:51:00+01:00Provided by

Choosing the wrong solution for your lease accounting needs has huge implications for your business, including risking inaccurate lease financials. You’ll want to select a comprehensive solution to manage your leases, and our Buyer’s Guide can help you do just that.


Analysis: EY now faces questions of trust


In the case of Amjad Rihan versus EY, a question of trust has opened a can of worms. Financial crime expert Martin Woods explores.


Analysis: EY brand takes beating in case vs. whistleblower


What does the Amjad Rihan case do to the brand of EY and, more pointedly, those who spend time with EY as clients? Financial crime expert Martin Woods offers his take.


Eni to pay $24.5M to resolve FCPA charges


Italian oil company Eni will pay $24.5 million to settle SEC charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with regard to the award of certain contracts to its former subsidiary Saipem in Algeria.


PCAOB seeks more practitioner input on CAMs


The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is seeking practitioner comment on Critical Audit Matter requirements, part of the agency’s strategic plan to solicit more input from stakeholders.


U.K. court orders EY to pay $11M to whistleblower, a former partner


A former EY partner who blew the whistle on a massive money laundering scheme was awarded nearly $11 million by a U.K. judge, settling a lawsuit in which he claimed EY buried an audit that uncovered wrongdoing by a client.


SEC censures Schulman Lobel for deficient audit engagements


The SEC censured audit firm Schulman Lobel and ordered it to pay a total of $98,510 for deficient audit and review engagements it performed on now-defunct software provider Quadrant 4 System.


Study: Going concern opinions in 2018 at lowest level in 19 years


Public company audit opinions communicating doubts about their ability to continue as going concerns reached a 19-year low in 2018, based on the latest report from Audit Analytics.

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SFO: Tesco concludes three-year DPA for accounting scandal


The U.K. Serious Fraud Office announced British supermarket chain Tesco Stores has fulfilled the terms of its 2017 deferred prosecution agreement resulting from an accounting fraud scandal.


FASB Q&A addresses lease concessions related to coronavirus


FASB staff has issued interpretative guidance in the form of a question-and-answer document addressing accounting for lease concessions related to economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


Luckin Coffee, iQIYI fraud allegations point to wider China problem


Scathing reports against China-based Luckin Coffee and iQIYI both alleging fabricated revenues are the latest examples of a much broader accounting and auditing problem in the United States.


FASB votes to approve leases, rev rec delays amid coronavirus response


The Financial Accounting Standards Board ruled unanimously on tentative effective date delays to standards affecting revenue recognition and leases in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


AICPA best practices for conducting remote audits in uncertain times


Auditors facing higher audit risks and new accounting and reporting issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and downturns in the economy have some new guidance from the AICPA.


FRC sanctions KPMG, former senior partner for audit failings


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council has reprimanded and fined KPMG and one of its former senior partners for a failure to exercise “sufficient professional skepticism” and for failure to obtain “sufficient appropriate audit evidence.”