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EY Employees in Johannesburg Forced to Evacuate Due to Bomb Scare, Nothing Found

A bomb threat led to the evacuation of an EY South Africa office in Sandton, Johannesburg earlier today, but authorities allowed employees to return to work later in the afternoon after finding nothing suspicious during a search of the building. Due to a safety concern, we are currently evacuating our Johannesburg office at 102 Rivonia […]

EY Names Carmine Di Sibio’s Replacement as Global Managing Partner for Client Service

Andy Baldwin, your table is ready. EY today announces that Andy Baldwin has been appointed the next EY Global Managing Partner – Client Service, effective from 1 July 2019. In this role, Baldwin will be responsible for leading the go-to-market and client activities. He will also have overall leadership for the three EY geographic areas […]

Ex-Dallas Cop Accused of Murdering PwC Accountant Botham Jean Will Go On Trial In August

The murder trial for Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who was charged in the 2018 shooting death of PwC Associate Botham Jean, will begin on Aug. 12, according to published reports. Guyger and her attorneys made a brief appearance in court on March 18 for an “announcement setting,” but a gag order issued […]

Tim Ryan Crunches More Than Just Numbers

A couple hours ago, as I’m putting together today’s newsletter, Adrienne and I got a text from Caleb that said, “Tim Ryan does 1,200 sit-ups in a day? Holy shit.” I thought, “What the hell is he talking about?” So, I Googled “Tim Ryan PwC sit-ups,” and sure enough, a March 13 Wall Street Journal […]

PwC New Zealand Accountant Killed in Christchurch Mosque Terrorist Attack

A 27-year-old chartered accountant from Pakistan who worked at PwC New Zealand was among the 50 people who were killed during a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, according to published reports. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan confirmed the death of Syed Areeb Ahmed on March 16. […]

PwC Settles with FDIC for $335 Million Over Colonial Bank’s Epic Collapse

Well, this was some news I really wasn’t expecting today. FDIC as Receiver for Colonial Bank, Montgomery, AL, reached a $335 million settlement with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP related to professional negligence claims. Colonial Bank failed on August 14, 2009. https://t.co/W2ohFNCvRe — FDIC Gov (@FDICgov) March 15, 2019 Here is the full statement from the FDIC: The […]

Auditor Swap: Fitbit Dumps PwC In Favor of Grant Thornton

The Purple Rose of Chicago just got itself a new engagement. Via Reuters: Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc has dismissed auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after a review of its fees and appointed Grant Thornton LLP, the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The filing states that Fitbit chose not to renew its engagement with PwC […]

No One Seems to Care That Deloitte Named Joe Ucuzoglu CEO

Is it me or does there seem to be absolutely no buzz about Joe Ucuzoglu being elected as the new CEO of Deloitte? Is it because people are still talking about yesterday’s guilty verdict in the trial of former KPMG partner David Middendorf? Or maybe because we’ve known unofficially since December that Ucuzoglu was going […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: David Middendorf and Jeffrey Wada GUILTY!

A Manhattan jury on Monday convicted former KPMG partner David Middendorf and former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board staffer Jeffrey Wada for their roles in one of the biggest accounting scandals in recent years. Law360 court reporter Jack Newsham broke the news on Twitter earlier this afternoon: BREAK – Middendorf, Wada convicted on all but […]

KPMG Appeals One-Year Auditing Suspension In Oman, Loses

KPMG couldn’t talk its way out of trouble, as an independent appellate court in Oman recently upheld a securities regulator’s ruling last November that prohibits the firm from taking on any new auditing clients for one year. In a statement on March 3, the Capital Market Authority of the Sultanate of Oman said: “Capital Market […]

PwC Really Wants You to Be a CPA Before Senior But Will No Longer Hassle You About It

Fresh from /r/accounting comes news that PwC Assurance is no longer requiring licensure before promotion to senior which naturally led me to ask my cat who happened to be sitting next to me on the couch “wait, since when do you need a CPA to get promoted to senior to begin with?” I mean manager, […]

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KPMG Poaches Someone From Grant Thornton and Issues a Press Release, Parts I and II

We here at GC HQ love a good poaching, especially when it involves two of the top six firms in the U.S. So we were happy to see this press release from KPMG come across our virtual desk this morning: Mark Rems has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, as a principal […]

Thankfully, PwC’s Robot CODE-E Does Not Want to Destroy the Human Race

Everybody’s favorite technology-talkin’ PwC robot, CODE-E, made an appearance on the show “Windy City Live” in Chicago this morning and WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT THIS IN ADVANCE, PwC? I would have made the trek into the city to see CODE-E in the flesh … or steel … or aluminum or whatever it’s made out […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: David Middendorf Takes the Stand

Law360 court reporter Jack Newsham wrote on Feb. 28 that it could happen this week, and he was right: Former KPMG partner David Middendorf took the stand this afternoon to testify in his own defense. Authorities have said that Middendorf and four of his former KPMG colleagues—Thomas Whittle, Brian Sweet, David Britt, and Cynthia Holder—were […]

Woman Who Once Called Ex-U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson a ‘National Embarrassment’ Is the New Chair of Deloitte’s Global Board

Deloitte announced today that Sharon Thorne, deputy CEO and managing partner of global and strategy for Deloitte North West Europe, will become chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors beginning in June. She will be the first woman to hold that position with Deloitte. Thorne, who joined Deloitte U.K. in 1986, will succeed David […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: What David Middendorf Allegedly Said Once the Scheme Started to Unravel

OK guys, things are starting to get good in the David Middendorf trial. We now know the identity of “Partner-5”—the person at KPMG who allegedly blew the whistle on the information-stealing scheme that five KPMG executives and one Public Company Accounting Oversight Board employee were involved in to help KPMG know ahead of time which […]

Now Your Kids Will Get to See How Cartoony Deloitte Really Is

Through the years on this here website we’ve reported on things that were said or done at Deloitte that might be considered cartoonish. Like when Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen claimed Deloitte is harder to get into than Harvard. Or Penn. Then there was that time when Deloitte offered prizes to alumni and retired partners […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: Brian Sweet Takes the Stand

The trial of ex-KPMG partner David Middendorf keeps rolling along, as prosecutors on Feb. 19 called on one of the major players in the scheme to steal secret audit inspection information from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to testify against Middendorf. Brian Sweet, a former associate director at the PCAOB who later became a […]

Legal Experts Think KPMG France Will Likely Get Away With Fidal Lawyer Poaching

Early last week we told you guys about KPMG France recently stealing away 130 lawyers (some reports say 144 or 145 lawyers) away from France’s largest law firm, Fidal, which is threatening to sue the Big 4 firm for “unfair competition.” But legal experts who were interviewed by Law.com say Fidal’s case against KPMG is […]

PwC Italy Partner Is Probably In a Lot of Trouble, You Guys

So, there was this accounting scandal in early 2017 at the Italian unit of British phone company BT, in which nearly two dozen people at BT Global Services, including its CEO, CFO, and head of Europe, knew about inflated revenues, bogus contract renewals and invoices, and made-up supplier transactions to “meet bonus targets and disguise […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: Opening Arguments

A jury heard opening arguments in a Manhattan courtroom on Feb. 12 in the trial of a former high-ranking audit partner at KPMG who was charged with conspiracy and wire fraud for his role in a scheme to cheat the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspection process. David Middendorf and co-defendant Jeffrey Wada, a former […]

As a Result of Breaking SEC Rules, Deloitte Japan Is $2 Million Lighter In the Wallet

There was some bad decision-making going on at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Japan. Dozens of its employees had bank accounts at the subsidiary of a client for which Deloitte Japan issued audit reports, which is a no-no because Securities and Exchange Commission rules don’t allow accountants to have bank accounts with audit clients that have […]

EY Won’t Waive Arbitration Provision for Ex-Partner Who Says She Was Victim of Sexual Harassment

Last September, we reported on a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by former EY partner Karen Ward, who accused her former employer of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation. A couple of days after filing the complaint, Ward sent an open letter to EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger, asking him […]

KPMG France Just Poached 130 Lawyers From a French Law Firm, Which Is Understandably Pissed

In Going Concern’s nine-plus-year history, Caleb and Adrienne have chronicled many, many instances of “competitive poaching” among the Big 4 firms. PwC and KPMG, in particular, have a long history of poaching from one another. But with the Big 4 firms’ legal brands showing huge growth among alternative legal service providers, what is starting to […]

Good News, KPMG: At Least Your Badness of Late Didn’t Rub Off on Phil Mickelson

I know things have been kinda rough lately, Klynveldians. KPMG’s 2016 and 2017 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspection reports were brutally bad. The criminal trial starts today for one of your former audit partners who had a prominent role in the PCAOB inspection information-sharing scandal. The firm might lose longtime client General Electric. And […]

Hey Tim Ryan, We Found That Shoe Shine Guy You Wanted to Recruit to PwC

Back in 2015, Caleb wrote an article based on a LinkedIn post by then-PwC Vice Chairman of Stuff Tim Ryan about an exceptional shoe shine guy he met at LaGuardia Airport. In typical holier-than-thou, white-collar fashion, Ryan kicked himself for not giving the guy his card, as he likely dreamed throughout his flight of offering […]

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EY Switzerland Managing Partner Accused of Sexual Harassment Has Been Relieved of His Duties

The outside investigation into accusations of sexual harassment at EY Switzerland has been completed, and the accused harasser, a male managing partner who also served as the firm’s chief talent officer, has been shown the door. But according to published reports in Switzerland and confirmed to Going Concern by several sources, the law firm engaged […]

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The PCAOB Needs to Just Beat the Sh*t Out of KPMG Already

Story time. Many, many years ago when my favorite show was the Snorks and my Big Wheel was my only mode of transportation, there was this kid on my block who was a real little shit. He constantly broke everyone’s toys and once ran over my plastic Good Luck Bear with his bike, permanently rendering […]

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EY Felt the Need to Form an Independent Audit Quality Committee

If someone had told you that a Big 4 firm just created an independent committee that will advise the firm on how to improve the quality of its audits, you’d think it was KPMG, right? I mean KPMG partners stole confidential inspection information from a couple of rogue PCAOB employees because the firm’s inspection reports […]

Marcel Stalder Is Out as CEO of EY Switzerland

A couple weeks ago, we got an email from a tipster who told us that EY Switzerland CEO Marcel Stalder was “dead meat” due to the firm’s handling of sexual harassment allegations made against a male managing partner by a former female associate. Well, turns out this person was right; Stalder has stepped down as […]

According to Some List, Big 4 CEOs Are Among the Best ‘Brand Guardians’ in the World

It’s listicle time, you guys. This one comes from an outfit called Brand Finance, which calls itself “the world’s leading independent branded business valuation and strategy consultancy.” At today’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Brand Finance released its Global 500 report, which ranked the world’s 500 most valuable brands. The report also ranked the […]

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Apparently EY’s ‘Program Mercury’ Is Hot Garbage and Some Folks Are Understandably Upset About It

Being a Tuesday after a holiday (for some of us lucky bastards, anyway) today feels more like a Monday. I’m sure no one except Bramwell has noticed, but I rarely if ever work Mondays unless you count our mandatory conference call in which the GC team tries to figure out how to monetize long strings […]

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Hey, So We Were Totally Right About That Carmine Di Sibio Thing

Back when Mark Weinberger announced his pending retirement from EY late last year, the tipster who provided us that information included another tidbit: that Carmine Di Sibio would take his place. Of course, spokespeeps at EY would not confirm that part, but we felt comfortable enough with their nervousness over us having that info that we […]

Hey, There Was a PwC Robot Sighting in NYC School

Back in late October, we told you about CODE-E, a robot PwC is bringing to schools to help educators teach students about technology skills and financial literacy. Because no one can teach students how to manage their money better than a non-human, right? Right. Anyway, it looks like CODE-E is starting to make the rounds […]

Driver Admits to Dozing Off In Crash That Killed PwC Senior Associate In India

The man who was driving three PwC employees to work in India on Jan. 9 told police he fell asleep right before the office pool car climbed a median divider and smashed into a lamp post, killing one of his passengers and injuring the other two. According to The Times of India, police have booked […]

Here Is More Proof That EY Switzerland Is a Total Frat House

Well, guys, we learned today that at an EY Switzerland holiday party a few years ago, Santa Claus got an erotic lap dance on stage in front of about 200 people. And the man dressed like jolly ol’ Saint Nick is a partner in the firm’s banking practice, and the woman grinding on his lap […]

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Deloitte’s 2017 PCAOB Inspection Report Is Pretty Not Shitty

You know, when I sat down to start writing this, I contemplated some clever headline, perhaps something about a veritable smorgasbord of audit screw-ups, but then I was like, you know what, nah. We should recognize that Deloitte has posted its lowest audit deficiency rate ever, which is something worth applauding even if the fuck-up rate […]

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PwC Senior Associate In India Killed, Two Colleagues Injured In Rollover Car Crash

Sad news to report out of India, as three PwC employees were injured, one fatally, in a rollover car accident Wednesday morning. The three men were passengers in an office pool car and were on their way to work at PwC’s office in Kolkata, West Bengal, when the vehicle suddenly swerved to the right and […]

Ex-Dallas Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant Botham Jean Comes Out of Hiding

Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who was indicted on a murder charge late last year for fatally shooting PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment in early September, appeared at a Dallas County courthouse on Jan. 8, where a judge issued a gag order preventing attorneys from speaking publicly about the case. According […]

KPMG’s Logo May or May Not Give You Heartburn

Is KPMG’s new marketing plan for 2019 to have its people and distinguished guests at conferences devour the firm’s logo? Great morning of education at the Annual KPMG Board Leadership Conference. Plus a fun little treat at lunch. pic.twitter.com/xtthJyFWKr — philipsmith (@PRS2) January 8, 2019   Our cupcake overfloweth…. celebrating our new office space in […]

KPMG IT Advisory Associate Looking for Love on ‘The Bachelor’

I don’t watch reality TV shows. They are dumb. They are contrived. They are overrated. I don’t get why so many people watch them. I would rather watch six hours straight of C-SPAN than watch a six-hour marathon of Say Yes to the Dress. If Caillou and Keeping Up with the Kardashians were the only […]

Reminder: EY Will Be Counting Ballots for This Weekend’s Golden Globes

If you tune in to watch the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6 and see three snappily dressed people with silver briefcases handcuffed to their wrists, you’ll know that they are the representatives from EY, which has counted the votes for the awards show since 1973. Why the handcuffs? Caleb had a theory a couple […]

PwC U.K. Drones On and On About Using a Drone for Inventory Count Audit

While you first-years were slaving away doing year-end inventory counts of grain or cakes in an industrial freezer or dildos, PwC U.K. used a drone which captured more than 300 images of a coal reserve in South Wales owned by German energy company, RWE. It was the first time PwC used drone photography to conduct […]

Richard Houston Is the New CEO of Deloitte U.K., While Dion Shango Takes the Reins Down in PwC Africa

I know this news won’t interest any of you guys, but TPTB are making us work today and Adrienne already warned you about shitposts this week. Plus, I selfishly wanted to write an article with a title that was similar to the chorus in Toto’s hit song, “Africa.” So, here we go. First, Richard Houston […]

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Don’t Expect Your Buddy From PwC to Answer Your Email Anytime Soon

Holidays — more specifically, time off during the holidays — are a sore subject around here. And for good reason. Other than mail carriers, accounting professionals are probably right up there as the folks who are expected to work come rain, shine, or celebration of the birth of baby Jesus. Sure, most people get Christmas […]

KPMG U.K. Employees Are Reportedly Pissed Off About Being Fined for Late Timesheets

A new timesheet policy being rolled out at KPMG U.K. is causing a little ruckus between employees and management. From The Guardian: KPMG has angered UK staff by threatening them with £100 fines if they submit their paperwork late. The accounting company said it would impose the penalties if staff were late to file their […]

Longtime KPMG Client General Electric Looking to Mess Around with Another Audit Firm

109 years. That’s how long KPMG has been General Electric’s auditor. When that engagement started, the rotund William Howard Taft was in the White House, there were 46 states in the U.S., and the start of World War I and Babe Ruth’s professional baseball career were still five years away. But the spark in the […]

Report: Deloitte’s Head of Audit Is Frontrunner to Succeed Cathy Engelbert as CEO

It has now become apparent that Cathy Engelbert won’t be serving a second four-year term as CEO of Deloitte. Michael Rapoport of the Wall Street Journal reported on Dec. 15 that Joseph Ucuzoglu, chairman and CEO of Deloitte’s audit practice, Deloitte & Touche, was nominated by the firm’s board of directors to succeed Engelbert once […]

EY Switzerland Suspends Chief Talent Officer Accused of Sexual Harassment

The chief talent officer at EY Switzerland was suspended by the firm today pending an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations made by a former EY female associate, who claims the male executive made inappropriate comments about her breasts, made sexual advances toward her, and then bullied her when she rejected him, according to published […]

PCAOB Hands the Keys to Chief Auditor’s Office to Deloitte’s Megan Zietsman

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has been without a full-time chief auditor and director of professional standards since the end of May, when Martin Baumann resigned after spending nine years in that role and 12 years at the PCAOB. For the past six months, Deputy Chief Auditor Barbara Vanich has filled that position on […]

KPMG Reports Global Revenue of $29 Billion for FY 2018

Back in early October, the Going Concern prognostication team (me, Adrienne, and three people eating lunch at Panda Express) predicted that KPMG’s global revenue for fiscal year 2018 would be $28.1 billion. With word today that KPMG reported global revenue of $28.96 billion for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2018, we were […]

KPMG Got Down on Its Knees and Begged South Africa for Forgiveness

South Africa, KPMG is sorry. Sorry for doing work for the billionaire Gupta family, who has been accused of using their links to former South Africa president Jacob Zuma to influence government decisions and the awarding of government contracts. Sorry for making severe auditing mistakes that led to the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank, in […]

KPMG, PwC, and EY Also Kicked U.K. Partners to the Curb for Sexual Harassment, Bullying

We learned on Dec. 9 that Deloitte U.K. had fired about 20 partners in the past four years for inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment and bullying. The Financial Times, which broke the story, had asked the other Big 4 firms in the U.K. if they would disclose similar information. They declined. But KPMG, PwC, and […]

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Deloitte U.K. Fired 20 Partners for Being Scumbags

Over the past four years, Deloitte U.K. has gotten rid of about 20 partners for inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment and bullying, the firm’s CEO, David Sproul, told the Financial Times in an article published on Dec. 9. “We will fire people for any inappropriate behaviour. No one is protected,” said David Sproul. “There has […]

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Oh Hey, We Found the Absolute Worst Partner in All of Public Accounting Right Here

I wasn’t gonna write anything today and I definitely wasn’t going to write up something I found on Reddit, but when I spotted this post on r/accounting, you know I just had to. I’m passionate about two things when it comes to content on this website: cats and creeper dudes who can’t keep it in […]

NASCAR Needs Deloitte’s Help

Saw this come across my Twitter timeline the other day: ⚡@NASCAR has hired @Deloitte to audit teams’ finances and create a common accounting platform, per sources. ➖ Teams agreed to the unprecedented step to help find a new competitive balance framework and determine if a budget cap will be introduced. 📰: https://t.co/k3NVwsvQx3 pic.twitter.com/eWUpQW43X6 — Adam […]

Federal Judge Sides with KPMG in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

KPMG scored a huge victory in court on Nov. 30, as a New York federal court judge declined to certify a long-running class-action lawsuit by thousands of current and former female KPMG tax and advisory professionals who accused the firm of gender, pay, and promotion discrimination dating back to 2008. While the ruling bars the […]

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Here’s Everything We Know About EY’s Potential Next Global Chairman and CEO

By now, everyone has heard the news we broke Monday afternoon that Mark Weinberger is noping on up out of his role as EY global chairman and CEO, effective June 30, 2019. We were able to secure an interview with him that we’ll share with y’all soon, but in the meantime, let’s speculate wildly on […]

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Mark Weinberger Is Done Being EY Global Chairman and CEO

Last night we were tipped off about a major announcement happening at EY this week, and we have received official confirmation of said announcement today by the firm: Mark Weinberger is stepping down as global chairman and CEO effective June 30, 2019. EY confirmed what our source told us, that Weinberger told the firm’s leadership […]

Fired Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted on Murder Charge in the Shooting Death of PwC Accountant Botham Jean

A Dallas County grand jury on Nov. 30 indicted former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on a murder charge for fatally shooting PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment in early September. After two days of hearing evidence this week, jurors voted this morning to upgrade the charge Guyger faces from manslaughter to murder. Guyger, 30, […]

Female KPMG Employees Seek Class Status in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit, Detail Alleged Sexual Misconduct at the Firm

There was a new development yesterday in the long-running gender bias lawsuit against KPMG, in which a group of current and former female advisory and tax professionals have accused the firm of gender, pay, and promotion discrimination, as well as condoning sexual harassment. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs filed a motion on Nov. 27 that asked […]

Ignatius Sehoole Takes Over as CEO of the Dumpster Fire That Is KPMG South Africa

KPMG in South Africa has had its problems of late. And the firm believes it has found the man to help fix them. Good luck, Ignatius Sehoole! KPMG South Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ignatius Sehoole as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Sehoole is expected to take up this role on 1 […]

Grand Jury Hears Case Against Dallas Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant Botham Jean

Evidence against Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment on Sept. 6, was finally being heard by a Dallas County jury this morning, the Dallas News reported. The Jean family’s attorneys, Lee Merritt and Daryl K. Washington, told reporters on Monday that the family was […]

Deloitte Consulting Guy Is the Frontrunner to Become Deloitte CEO Guy

The head of Deloitte’s consulting practice is the favorite to take over as the firm’s CEO … no, not in the United States but in the United Kingdom. Sky News reported on Nov. 23 that Richard Houston, Deloitte U.K.’s managing partner of consulting, has emerged as the leading candidate to replace current CEO David Sproul, […]

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This Thanksgiving, One Big 4 Firm Is Helping You Avoid Food Poisoning and Creepy Uncles

Big 4 accounting firms have gotten into lots of non-accounting business in recent years, like legal services and beef barcodes. But now Deloitte wants to add “food poisoning” to its suite of services. On Thanksgiving, what’s the only thing worse than your Uncle Harold’s stories? Food poisoning 🤮. #PlayItSafe with food handling tips from our […]

KPMG Is Thankful for SOX

I was kinda wondering about this myself, but I figured the answer would be no. From Tammy Whitehouse of Compliance Week: KPMG is under fire in the U.K. for diminishing audit performance, particularly in connection with the collapse of British construction firm Carillion. The firm has reportedly advised its partners internally that it would halt all […]

Former EY Consultant Indicted on Hate Crime Charges for Allegedly Attacking Gay Couple, Being a Total D-Bag

Brandon McNamara, a 25-year-old former EY employee who was arrested in September for allegedly beating up two gay men outside a Brooklyn bar, faces up to 15 years in the slammer after he was indicted on hate crime charges last week. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said McNamara was arraigned on Nov. 14 and charged with […]

EY, PwC Not Fans of Giving Up Non-Audit Services for FTSE 350 Audit Clients in the U.K.

After reports out of the United Kingdom earlier this month said KPMG will stop providing non-audit services for FTSE 350 companies it audits to “remove even the perception of a possible conflict [of interest],” we wondered if the other Big 4 firms in the U.K. would follow suit. Well, we have our answer. The Big […]

Deloitte, CPA Get Taken to the Woodshed in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Institute of CPAs doled out some fines on Nov. 13 to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and a Deloitte CPA for making some auditing faux pas. The firm and accountant Lee Po Chi each have to pony up $50,000 HKD ($6,384 USD) “for their failure or neglect to observe, maintain or otherwise apply professional […]

EY Employee Shot in Las Vegas Has Made Huge Strides in Her Recovery

We’ll leave you with some good news as we head into the weekend. Tina Frost, the EY employee who was shot in the head during the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, is now able to talk and drive, family and friends recently told the Baltimore Sun. “She’s […]

New Dallas County DA Not Shy About Wanting Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant Charged with Murder

The newly elected Dallas County district attorney believes that former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger got off easy with a manslaughter charge in the September shooting death of PwC associate Botham Jean (pictured above). “I don’t know any police reports. I don’t know any forensic reports, but based on what I have seen, manslaughter is […]

KPMG Adds Another Independent Warm Body to Its Board of Directors

KPMG has given retired Air Force General Janet Wolfenbarger a friend on its board of directors. KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda L. Addison as an independent director to its U.S. Board of Directors. Addison is the second distinguished independent director the Firm has […]

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University of Michigan to Ex-KPMG Recruiter: ‘Keep Your Horny Ass Off Campus’

Last month, we met Scott Vetere, a 39-year-old father of three from Michigan who made a name for himself in collegiate sports in the late ’90s and early 2000s before that legacy was trumped by a series of poor choices and a little bit of hot car sex this year. In case you need a […]

KPMG Gets One-Year Auditing Ban in Oman

2018 has been a no-good, rotten year for KPMG. The firm has been embroiled in accounting scandals in the United States and South Africa, was told by the United Kingdom’s accounting regulator that its audit quality sucks, defended an indefensible audit of the now-collapsed Carillion in the U.K., was fined £4.5 million in the U.K. […]

Hey, We Finally Found Something That EY Is Actually Good At

And that something is … cricket. Ernst & Young (EY) Oman has won the Auditors Cricket Tournament (Inter Audit firms) concluded recently. This is the fourth consecutive time that EY has won the Auditors Cricket Cup. Yes, the Auditors Cricket Cup is a thing. And the EY squadron really took it to the competition this […]

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Dear Slobs and Whores with No Fashion Sense, This KPMG Video is Just For You

Those of you who know me know it’s rare that I’m speechless. I have an opinion on everything from cat food to those little sensors attached to street lights that serve to give priority to approaching emergency vehicles at intersections. And while I have an opinion about the following video I’m about to share with […]

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KPMG U.K. Is Giving Up Non-Audit Work on FTSE 350 Clients. Will the Other Big 4 Firms Follow?

So, Sky News broke some pretty big news in the United Kingdom earlier this morning regarding the House of Klynveld: KPMG is to cease undertaking non-audit work for the FTSE-350 companies whose accounts it supervises, becoming the first of the ‘big four’ firms to make such a pledge in the aftermath of scandals surrounding the […]

Botham Jean’s Family Sues City of Dallas, Trigger-Happy Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant

The family of Botham Jean filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Dallas and police officer Amber Guyger late last month, claiming that Guyger used excessive force and violated Jean’s constitutional and civil rights when she shot and killed the 26-year-old PwC associate in his apartment on Sept. 6. The lawsuit—which was filed on […]

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Deloitte Mexico Auditors Attempt to Phone in Sloppy Audit Work, Fail

The PCAOB has barred, fined, and censured three Deloitte Mexico audit partners for their role in the absolute bamboozle of an audit on Prestaciones Finmart, a Mexican subsidiary of Texas-based EZCORP, Inc. Finmart accounted in FY 2013 and FY 2014 for approximately 21% and 26% of EZCORP’s consolidated assets and approximately 23% and 42% of […]

Let’s All Meet ‘Cody (CODE-E),’ PwC’s Newest and ‘Creepiest’ Grunt

Earlier this morning, as I was getting ready to go to the dentist because I have a killer toothache, I heard from a tipster who told me to check out what’s going on in PwC’s Twitterverse. And this is what I saw: Today I'll be speaking at the @AtlanticLIVE #FutureWork2018 alongside two of our Digital […]

Financial Reporting Council’s Skipper Is Jumping Ship

Stephen Haddrill, beleaguered chief executive of the Financial Reporting Council, the audit regulator in the United Kingdom, is reportedly to debark by the end of the year. No surprise. Haddrill has been a marked man since early this year, his agency targeted in Parliament as “toothless,” “useless,” and “ineffective” amid an outbreak of outrage over the collapse of the […]

Ex-KPMG Partner Pleads Guilty to Using Stolen PCAOB Inspection Information

The former national partner-in-charge of inspections at KPMG pled guilty on Oct. 29 for his involvement in a scheme in which the Big 4 firm repeatedly used stolen confidential Public Company Accounting Oversight Board information to cheat the regulatory inspection process. Thomas Whittle, 55, pled guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy charges, pursuant to a […]

How Did the Big 4 Do in Snagging New SEC Audit Clients in Q3?

Answer: Nowhere near as good as Marcum, which brought 30 new SEC audit clients onboard during the third quarter—21 of which were former clients of GBH CPAs, a Houston-based firm that merged with Marcum in July, according to Accounting Today. New York-based Marcum ended the quarter netting 22 new audit clients, more than twice its […]

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(UPDATE) Married Ex-KPMG Recruiter and Gym Coach Busted For Banging Young Gymnast in a Car

Whew, you guys, this one is … awkward. Scott Vetere is a 39-year-old father of three from Michigan who serves as assistant coach for the University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team, or at least he did until he resigned Oct. 15. His resignation came after Vetere was caught getting it on with an 18-year-old female […]

Dallas Cop Who Fatally Shot PwC Associate Botham Jean ‘Bragged About Being Violent’ on Pinterest

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who killed PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment in early September, apparently said on social media that she is a big fan of “one shot, one kill” and boasted that people were “lucky” if she hadn’t gone a week without killing someone, according to a new report. Sometime […]

Ex-EY Manager’s Paternity Leave Lawsuit Against Firm Is Heading to Arbitration

A dispute between EY and a former senior manager who claims the firm fired him after he requested additional paternity leave after the birth of his child must be settled in arbitration, a federal judge in Philadelphia said last week. The plaintiff, Shmuel Eisenbach, didn’t prove that anything in the EY arbitration agreement he signed […]

Why PwC Kenya Manager Took His Own Life Still Remains a Mystery

It’s been nearly a week since Stephen Mumbo died of an apparent suicide after falling from PwC’s 17th-floor Delta Towers offices in Nairobi, Kenya, to a second-floor balcony of the building, and local authorities are still investigating why he took his own life. Reports out of Kenya surfaced earlier this week that Mumbo, an assistant […]

Ex-KPMG Executive Director Admits Guilt in PCAOB Inspection Leak Scandal

A former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspector-turned-KPMG executive director, who was accused of obtaining confidential information on which KPMG clients’ audits the PCAOB would be reviewing so the Big 4 firm could improve its dismal inspection results, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Oct. 16 for her involvement in the scandal. Cynthia Holder, […]

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PCAOB Fines Deloitte Canada $350,000 for Breaking Independence Rules Thrice on Audits of Banro

Deloitte Canada scored a hat trick of sorts on Oct. 16, but I doubt it was celebrated among the firm’s management. The firm was censured and fined $350,000 by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board on Tuesday for failing to maintain independence during its 2012, 2013, and 2014 audits of Canadian gold-mining company Banro Corp. […]

Re-allocating the Big Audit Market in the U.K.—Or Perhaps Not

Regulators and politicians in the United Kingdom may well disrupt the Big Audit model—judging from inquiries launched recently by the Financial Reporting Council and the Competition and Markets Authority. The series that I began on Re:Balance on Sept. 25 and Oct. 8 started to address the misguided nature of the purported “remedies.” It is making […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for KPMG Compensation Discussions (2018)

So we might be a little late on this one, but who cares? Obviously you guys don’t, you’ve all but given up on these open threads come comp time. As such, this may be our last open thread of comp season, not just for this year but for good. It sucks we have to go […]

PwC Manager in Kenya Dies of Apparent Suicide at Work

A manager at PwC’s office in the Westlands neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, died on Friday morning of an apparent suicide, after he fell from the 17th floor of PwC Tower and landed on the balcony of the second floor of the building. The employee was identified as Stephen Mumbo, according to Peter Ngahu, PwC country […]

EY Thinks It Will Hire Enough People in 2019 to Fill a Small College Football Stadium

Accounting Today posted an article yesterday on EY’s “ambitious” recruiting goal of 15,000 new hires in the U.S. in fiscal year 2019. Given that EY only increased its headcount worldwide by 14,000 people in FY 2018 makes me think this has as much chance of happening as Adrienne Caleb coming back to GC. According to […]

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert Is Still Talking About Her Teenage Son’s Fear of Robots

Our QOTD comes from Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, who shared the stage with AT&T Business CEO Thaddeus Arroyo and CNN host Anderson Cooper a couple of weeks ago during the AT&T Business Summit in Dallas to discuss how to be an effective leader in a digital world. Cooper, who moderated the discussion, mentioned that people […]

KPMG Adds Retired Four-Star Air Force General to Its One-Star Board of Directors

No, it wasn’t Pope Francis, Malala Yousafzai, or the ghost of Nelson Mandela, as Caleb suggested last April, but KPMG U.S. on Oct. 4 appointed retired Air Force General Janet Wolfenbarger as the firm’s first independent director to its board, nearly nine months after five former KPMG executives were indicted for their roles in an […]

According to New Analysis, It Might Be Time For Big Law to Fear the Big 4

I still don’t get all this fervor around the Big 4 entering the legal market. To me, it would be like if Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo. started brewing beer. Yes, they’d have the brand recognition and tons of money to throw at the best people to run their brewing operations, but I don’t think AB […]

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PwC Global Revenue Hits $41.3 Billion in Fiscal Year 2018

You can breathe a sigh of relief, Green Dot Nation—Deloitte remains the largest accounting firm in the world. We thought maybe, just maybe, PwC would overtake Deloitte for the No. 1 spot this year, but PwC’s global revenue of $41.3 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018 fell short of Deloitte’s global […]

‘Drunk A-hole’ EY Senior Consultant Arrested By NYPD For Allegedly Beating Up Gay Couple

It has not been a good week for fellas with the last name of McNamara who work or who have worked at EY. Brandon McNamara, 25, who reportedly is a senior consultant with EY, was arrested by the New York Police Department on Sept. 26 and faces a slew of charges for the alleged beating […]

Ex-EY Partner to CEO Mark Weinberger: ‘Let’s Make EY a Better Place to Work for Women’

In a Sept. 26 letter to EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger, former partner Karen Ward, who filed a sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation complaint against the firm earlier this week, invited the firm’s leadership and board of directors to meet with her to “discuss my experiences at EY and additional ways in […]