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Report: Big 4 Firms Are Cesspools For Sexual Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination

Did you guys read the Financial Times’ article today about the “culture of fear” at the Big 4? If you have a subscription or know a trick around the paywall, you should carve out some time to read it. FT spoke with 20 ex-Big 4 employees who were victims of sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination […]

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KPMG Takes Victory Lap In Merrimack College Financial Aid Fraud Case

Merrimack College suffered two defeats on/in court yesterday. Its men’s basketball team got blown out by the Providence Friars 93-56. And it lost a case in a courtroom in Massachusetts to KPMG, although the jury found that KPMG wasn’t completely blameless in the student loan fraud case. Law360 reported: A Boston jury said negligence by […]

BKD Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Longtime Deloitte Financial Advisory Services employee Jim Jordon is now teammates with Kate and Ben at BKD. Jordon was recently brought onboard as a managing director in BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services division. He will be based in Houston. In his new role at the House of Dickman, Jordon will focus on assisting BKD’s energy […]

Tweet of the Day: On KPMG U.K. Pulling Its Sponsorship of Prince Andrew’s Pitch@Palace Event

Actually, this tweet was sent yesterday, but it’s too good not to share today. It’s regarding KPMG and the news that broke across the pond on Monday that the firm decided not to renew its sponsorship of Prince Andrew’s networking initiative for young entrepreneurs called Pitch@Palace. The news that KPMG had backed out came following […]

Weaver Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Do public accounting firms give their employees frozen turkeys before Thanksgiving? Maybe just at smaller firms? Anyway, if firms do do this, Greg Englert will be getting his turkey from Weaver instead of EY this year. National certified public accounting firm Weaver, the 35th largest public accounting firm in the United States, has added a […]

RSM Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Scott Wilson has more than 15 years of professional experience “helping businesses innovate, transform, and grow.” RSM US was in need of a new audit innovation leader. So it was a match made in heaven, or the cloud, or whatever. RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services […]

Tim Ryan Isn’t Worried About Poaching at PwC Because of Heart or Something

“We spend about half a billion dollars a year on upskilling our employees. A big part of our [leadership team] debate three years ago [was] well, if we make our employees more relevant then they’ll get stolen. What we’ve seen is the contrary. We’re investing in our employees—we’re leading with our heart, we’re leading with […]

Apparently Some KPMG U.K. Employees Were Pissing or Pooping (or Both) In a Work Bathroom Sink

So yesterday the BBC posted an article about the shitty bathroom etiquette of some employees at the Financial Conduct Authority, the regulator of the financial services industry in the U.K. And I’m not trying to be funny when I use the word “shitty.” People were “defecating on the floor in toilet cubicles,” according to FCA […]

EisnerAmper Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Brent Lipschultz has boomeranged back to EisnerAmper after a four-year layover at PwC where he was a partner in the firm’s Personal Financial Services practice. Lipschultz, who has been a guest on CNBC a time or two to talk about taxes, investor confidence, and a bunch of other wealth advisory stuff, has re-emerged at EA […]

Uh-Oh, PwC, You’ve Gotten the Attention of the PCAOB

Somebody at the PCAOB must have read the Wall Street Journal article last week about Mattel and its auditor PwC allegedly burying an accounting error tied to Mattel’s ownership of Thomas & Friends because everyone’s favorite mess of an audit regulator is reviewing PwC’s work, according to Bloomberg, and probably whether the firm broke any […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part II

It’s been more than four years since Going Concern has reported on someone changing their team colors from green to purple, but that happened recently as Grant Thornton nabbed a former managing partner at Deloitte Consulting to join its Public Sector Healthcare practice. David B. Weir, Jr. has joined Grant Thornton LLP’s Public Sector Healthcare […]

Promotion Watch ’19: KPMG Admits 138 New U.S. Partners

We’re about T-minus 30 days until KPMG releases its global revenue for fiscal year 2019. In the meantime, we got word on who the newest rainmakers in the Americas region will be for FY 2020. KPMG gave 266 lucky boys and girls in the Americas keys to the partnership. Of those 266, 138 are from […]

PwC Probably Did Celebrate When It Helped Mattel Cover Up an Accounting Error

By now you guys have probably read the Wall Street Journal article yesterday that explains what Mattel and PwC did to bury accounting issues related to the value of the Thomas & Friends show for kids. If for some reason you’ve been too busy to surf the web or dick around on Reddit in the […]

Memo to Audit Firms: Altering Workpapers Is Still Frowned Upon

Amid all the drama and turmoil going on at the PCAOB right now, one thing hasn’t changed: PCAOB inspectors really love busting auditors for improperly altering workpapers. Eight auditors—two at Deloitte Korea and six at BDO Mexico—found this out the hard way recently. Because these auditors ignored the memo that altering audit workpapers is never […]

Layoff Watch ’19: KPMG U.K. Reportedly Will Cut an Entire HR Division

“Project Zebra” strikes again. The London Evening Standard has the latest about the bloodletting going on at KPMG. Apparently some people in HR are being told to hit the bricks: The Evening Standard can reveal that KPMG is taking the knife to its internal training team – which it calls Learning Deployment Operations – who run […]

Layoff Watch ’19: KPMG U.K. Partners Fear the Zebra

KPMG U.K.’s better-late-than-never belt-tightening endeavor called “Project Zebra” is leaving carnage in its wake almost on a weekly basis. First, about a third of the firm’s 630 administrative assistants are losing their jobs. Then, employees had to give up their work-issued mobile phones. Next, average pay per partner is reportedly being cut by 10% over […]

Ex-EY Partner Karen Ward ‘Not Surprised’ By ‘Appalling’ Training Seminar for Women

Karen Ward, the former EY partner who alleges she was a victim of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation during her tenure with the firm, said she wasn’t shocked to learn about the 1950 2018 training seminar that EY hosted for women leaders, in which attendees were told, among other things, not to flaunt their […]

EY Probably Won’t Be Inviting Ex-Astros Executive Brandon Taubman to Any Alumni Events Anytime Soon

Before Brandon Taubman was rightfully fired as assistant general manager of the Houston Astros on Oct. 24 for making an ass of himself in front of a group of female reporters in the Astros clubhouse following the team’s ALCS victory over the New York Yankees, he was profiled in April by EY, his former employer, […]

BREAKING: The Big 4 Audits a Lot of Companies In the U.K.

Wait, the Big 4 dominates auditor market share across the pond? I’m shocked: EY, KPMG, PwC, and Deloitte — collectively known as the ‘big four’ — audited 81.8% of all UK-listed businesses in 2018, according to figures from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). Market share was up from 80% in 2017. The ‘big four’ also […]

Another Deloitte U.K. Partner Fined Over Bad Serco Geografix Audits

Ross Howard has joined fellow Deloitte partner Helen George as having received a “severe” slap on the wrist from the U.K.’s Financial Reporting Council for his role in the shoddy auditing of Serco Geografix Ltd., a subsidiary of outsourcing firm Serco Group PLC. Reuters reported: Britain’s accounting regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Deloitte’s […]

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EY’s Run of Bad Press Continues

If all the negative headlines EY has been dealing with (and deserved) since the Huffington Post broke the story last Monday about the firm’s now-infamous 2018 training seminar for women leaders weren’t bad enough, an exposé that airs tonight on BBC One won’t do anything to help EY’s reputation and once again sheds light on […]

Even the Hearing Impaired Will Know How Cheesy KPMG’s Latest Lakehouse Video Is

Here are some screenshots from the latest over-the-top KPMG Lakehouse video to illustrate what we mean:   Here’s the actual video. If you’re not hearing impaired, you might wish that you were while watching it, not only because of the cheesy music but for the “how we can stress right across our organization what it […]

Which Big 4 Firm Had the Most IPO Audit Clients In Q3 2019?

The firm that puts the EY in cringEworthY training seminars for women audited the most initial public offerings in the third quarter, according to a new analysis from Audit Analytics. #Auditor Market Share for 53 #IPO companies in Q3 2019: EY: [20.8%];Marcum: [13.2%];Deloitte: [11.3%];PwC: [11.3%];KPMG: [11.3%];All Others: [32.1%] — Audit Analytics (@AuditAnalytics) October 10, 2019 […]

Guess Which Big 4 Firm Houston Astros Executive and Taunter of Female Reporters Brandon Taubman Used to Work At?

Houston Astros executive Brandon Taubman has made headlines in the past 24 hours for allegedly coming off as a jag in front of several female sports reporters. Deadspin wrote: During the Houston Astros’ clubhouse ALCS victory celebration Saturday night, Astros assistant general manager for player evaluation Brandon Taubman taunted three female reporters about the organization’s […]

Weaver Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Today we have another example of a big fish in a small pond. The small pond being the brand spankin’ new Weaver office in Oklahoma City. The big fish is Zeeshan Khan, who is no longer representing the autumnal hues of PwC. The national accounting firm Weaver, one of the 35 largest certified public accounting firms […]

EY Thinks Women Are a Bunch of Dumb Sluts: Report

Yesterday morning, browsing /r/accounting as I often do before our weekly conference call in which I pull ideas for the week’s content out of my ass, I came across a fresh post about an EY training seminar that supposedly implied women have “pancake brains” and need to be told not to flash the goods in […]

KPMG Heads to Court Next Week to Defend Itself for Being KPMG

Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, is trying to get some of that Klynveld money, alleging in a lawsuit that KPMG committed professional malpractice, breach of contract, negligence, and negligent misrepresentation. From Courtroom View Network: Accounting giant KPMG heads to trial next week in Massachusetts state court in a malpractice lawsuit filed by Merrimack College […]

KPMG U.K. Gives Its Cost-Cutting Plan a Stupid Codename

If Adrienne and I decide to do a second annual Going Concern Green Eyeshade Awards or Something Like That for 2019, I think we’ve found a winner of the “Dumbest Codename From a Big 4 Firm” award. From the Financial Times: KPMG has drawn up plans to save £100m in costs in a profit-boosting exercise […]

Ex-PCAOBer Jeffrey Wada Gets Prison Time For Being a Blabbermouth In KPMG Scheme

Being passed up for a promotion can cause a person to do really dumb things in a fit of anger. For now-former PCAOB inspections leader Jeffrey Wada, the really dumb thing he did was illegally tip off executives at KPMG—not once but twice—about which KPMG audits the PCAOB would be reviewing so the firm could […]

New Ranking Shows Big 4’s Legal Brands Are Still Kinda Sorta Relevant

Legal research firm Acritas came out today with its 2019 Global Alternative Legal Brand Index, the best of the best non-law firms that provide nontraditional legal or quasi-legal services to clients. And just like last year’s index, the Big 4 firms’ legal arms take up four of the top five spots. But there’s a new […]

Did Bands Play When KPMG U.K. Asked Employees to Hand Over Their Work Phones?

After Tabby Kinder of the Financial Times broke the story on Sept. 30 about KPMG U.K. taking back all the mobile phones that it had issued to hundreds of employees to cut costs, she shared a text on Twitter she got from an accountant that I found humorous because the accountant found the topic of […]

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Another One of the ‘KPMG 5’ Has Pleaded Guilty In PCAOB Scheme

David Britt is the latest former KPMG partner who has admitted guilt for participating in a scheme to steal confidential audit inspection information from the PCAOB. Britt, 56, who was a co-leader of KPMG’s Banking and Capital Markets Group, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Oct. 3. His trial […]

Two Years After Being Shot In Las Vegas, EY Accountant Tina Frost ‘Remains Positive’ Despite More Surgeries, Family Says

Tina Frost (right) pictured with her mother, Mary Watson Moreland. Tina Frost, an accountant at EY in San Diego, had yet another surgery on Sept. 30, almost two years to the day when she was shot in the head while attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip with her boyfriend, Austin […]

At Least EY’s 2017 PCAOB Inspection Report Is Not as Not Good as KPMG’s

The PCAOB just released EY’s 2017 inspection report, and there’s some good news and some bad news for the Black and Yellow. The good: Congrats, EY, your audit deficiency rate of 31% is below your historical average deficiency rate of 32%. Of the portions of 55 issuer audits PCAOB inspectors reviewed during 2016, 17 weren’t […]

Dallas Jury Convicts Amber Guyger of Murdering PwC Accountant Botham Jean; Ex-Cop Given 10 Years to Think About Her Choices

A jury of eight women and four men sentenced former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison on Oct. 2 for killing PwC Dallas accountant Botham Jean, a day after the jurors convicted her of murder. The jurors—five of whom are black, five are Hispanic or Asian, and two who are white—only […]

PwC Earns Record Revenue of $42.4 Billion In FY 2019, Is Still the First Loser

Another Big 4 accounting firm has touted that it made more money in fiscal year 2019 than ever before. First, it was EY. Then it was Deloitte. Now today, PwC sent out its own masturbatory congratulatory press release, saying it achieved a record $42.4 billion in global revenue for the year ending June 30. That’s […]

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KPMG U.K. Is Getting Stingy

Today is New Year’s Eve in KPMG’s Universe, as fiscal year 2020 begins tomorrow. We won’t know KPMG’s global revenue for FY 2019 until mid-December, and the Queen’s KPMG doesn’t release its profit and revenue numbers until early December, but based on all this pound-pinching going on, we can speculate that KPMG U.K.’s 2019 results […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Deloitte Is Taking Applications In Gilbert, AZ

The latest Big 4 job creation news comes from Deloitte, which will be adding hundreds of jobs in Gilbert, AZ, as part of a major expansion at that location. Phoenix Business Journal reported: Deloitte is doubling its footprint in Gilbert and preparing to hire 900 more people. The global business consulting group announced last year it […]

Promotion Watch ’19: Let’s Congratulate Deloitte’s 386 New PPMDs for FY 2020

It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a post on new partner promotions at Deloitte, so we wanted to give some kudos to not only the 65 new partners in the class of 2020, but also the 236 managing directors and 85 principals who were recognized by Ucuzoglu & Co. for a job well […]

One Big 4 Firm Isn’t Among the 10 Best Companies for Working Moms

Working Mother released its list of the 100 best companies for 2019 yesterday, and the usual suspects from public accounting are once again on there (in alphabetical order): BDO USA Deloitte Ernst & Young Grant Thornton KPMG Moss Adams PwC RSM US Those are eight of the 12-largest accounting firms in the U.S. that made […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Does EY’s New Digs In Akron Mean New Jobs?

The answer to that question seems to be: eventually. So that’s good news for aspiring capital market servants and public accounting veterans looking for a change of scenery who live or work in or near Akron, OH. EY is getting new digs in LeBron’s hometown, moving its office from downtown Akron to the East End […]

PwC Fined $7.9 Million By the SEC for Making Pretty Dumb and Obvious Independence Violations

About a month ago, we chided RSM US for being fined $950,000 by the SEC for getting caught providing non-audit services to audit clients, saying that a firm like RSM should’ve known better. But PwC got busted today by the SEC for also doing non-audit work for audit clients, which pretty much reinforces how shady […]

EY Auditors Were Seen At Another Awards Show In Handcuffs

Let’s just hope they don’t leave tonight’s Emmys in handcuffs. Cuffed and ready to go! Escorting the evening's most important guests – the envelopes – down the red carpet. #Emmys pic.twitter.com/U451d8DJ6V — EY (@EYnews) September 22, 2019

Layoff Watch ’19: Looks Like a Few People Got Disconnected From Deloitte Digital

Fresh from the rumor mill (and by the rumor mill we mean Fishbowl) comes word that 90 people got the chop at Deloitte Digital. We haven’t gotten any official confirmation on this so if anyone would care to confirm, feel free to give us a shout using the contact information at the bottom of this […]

PwC Equity Partner Pay Isn’t Too Shabby In the U.K.

Equity partners at PwC in the U.K. didn’t quite get the haul that their fellow equity partners at Deloitte U.K. got recently, but let’s just say they aren’t going hungry anytime soon. From the Financial Times: More than 900 equity partners, who share in PwC UK’s profits, will receive an average £765,000 for the year […]

Layoff Watch ’19: A Bunch of KPMG U.K. Administrative Assistants Will Soon Have a Lot of Time on Their Hands

So sayeth the Financial Times: KPMG UK plans to make redundant about a third of its 630 administrative assistants in a wave of cost-cutting. Between 200 and 250 administrative support staff are expected to leave in the savings drive at the Big Four accounting firm. Those who are lucky enough to remain at the House […]

Mazars USA Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

When Mazars USA isn’t getting subpoenaed for Donald Trump’s tax returns, it’s snagging people away from the Big 4, in particular, KPMG. Olga Blyweiss is one of the newest members of Club M, recently joining the firm as a tax partner in its Fort Washington, PA, office. In a previous life, Blyweiss was the managing […]

Ex-Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant Botham Jean *Will* Stand Trial In Dallas County

District Judge Tammy Kemp made her decision a short time ago, rejecting the request from the attorneys of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot and killed PwC accountant Botham Jean last September, to move her murder trial out of Dallas County. #BREAKING: Judge rules Amber Guyger's murder trial will remain in Dallas, […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Working at EY In Louisville Could Be NEAT

Add Louisville, KY, to the list of cities where EY is hiring en masse. Louisville Business First reported on Sept. 6: Ernst & Young LLP is making another investment in Louisville after spending $4.3 million to open its National Executive Assistant Team facility downtown early last year. The company said in a news release Friday […]

RIP Kaustubh Nirmal, EY Senior Advisor Who Died In California Dive Boat Fire

Two of the 34 victims of the horrible California dive boat fire on Labor Day were Kaustubh Nirmal, a senior advisor at EY, and his wife, Sanjeeri Deopujari, a dentist. The couple, who married in 2016, were from Stamford, CT, the New York Post reported. Authorities confirmed that Nirmal and Deopujari were aboard Conception during […]

Ex-KPMG Partner David Middendorf Was Spared a Lengthy Prison Sentence

A second member of the “KPMG 5” will serve jail time for his involvement in an information-stealing scheme to cheat the PCAOB inspection process. David Middendorf, former national managing partner for audit quality and professional practice at KPMG, was sentenced this morning in Manhattan federal court to one year and one day in federal prison, […]

With $46.2 Billion In Fiscal 2019 Global Revenue, Deloitte Should Continue to Rule the Big 4

Unless PwC’s global revenue for fiscal year 2019 increases 11.9% from last year, which likely won’t happen, Deloitte will remain No. 1 among the Big 4 firms in revenue for the fourth consecutive year. Deloitte announced today that revenue for FY 2019 was $46.2 billion, a 9.4% increase using the magical “local currency” terms and […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Request to Have His Wire Fraud Conviction Thrown Out Gets Shot Down, Crashes, Burns

Welp, so much for that. David Middendorf, former national managing partner for audit quality and professional practice at KPMG, is scheduled to be sentenced in Manhattan federal court tomorrow, according to Law360, for his role in an information-stealing scheme in which PCAOB insiders fed KPMG executives secret plans on which of the Big 4 firm’s […]

KPMG U.K.’s WhatsApp Fiasco Claims Two More Partners

Let’s take a look and see how things are going in KPMG U.K.’s financial services consulting business now that two more partners are leaving the firm after their boss was fired last month over messages he apparently sent on WhatsApp: The KPMG financial services consulting practice is now “a bit of a disaster zone,” a […]

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Andersen Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Did you guys see that Andersen has rebranded? Yep, the firm dropped “Tax” from its name and is just going by Andersen from now on, or until Mark Vorsatz tries to sneak in an “A.” so the firm becomes A. Andersen. And did the press release just say, “Hearkening the legacy and values of the […]

One Year After PwC Accountant Botham Jean Was Murdered, Jury Selection Has Begun In Trial of Cop Who Killed Him

A year ago this evening, PwC Dallas accountant Botham Jean was chillin on a couch in his apartment watching a college football game when the front door to his unit opened, and there stood Dallas Police officer Amber Guyger, still wearing her uniform. Guyger had just come home to the South Side Flats apartment complex […]

EY Congratulates EY for Achieving Record Global Revenue of $36.4 Billion In FY 2019

Big 4 revenue bragging season has begun in earnest, or should I say in Ernst, as EY put out a congratulatory press release this morning stating that its global revenue for fiscal year 2019 reached $36.4 billion, the ninth-straight year the firm has posted record numbers. In actuality, that represents a 4.7% increase over FY […]

Rhode Island Is Still Holding a Grudge Against Deloitte

A better title might be, “Rhode Island Tells Feds to Send All Fines Related to State’s Shitty Benefits Computer System to Deloitte.” From the Associated Press: The federal government is fining Rhode Island about $2 million for problems with the state’s benefits system. WPRI-TV reports the problems stem from the botched rollout of a computer system for […]

Ex-KPMG U.K. Partners Start Consulting Firm Devoid of Any Big 4 Bullsh*t

Remember Maggie Brereton and Ina Kjaer, the two KPMG U.K. partners who quit earlier this year because the firm protected a male partner who was accused of being a bully? Well, the two women have launched their own consulting firm that they say will be everything the Big 4 is not. The name of their […]

Meanwhile, In Canada: Rich Guys Are Still Fighting the Tax Man Over Their KPMG Offshore Tax Shelter

KPMG is in the news again this week, and again it’s for something they probably wish would go away. Now, I combed our extensive archive going back 10 years (read: spent five minutes Googling) and wasn’t able to find any coverage of this case save for an ANR link here and there, which means either […]

EY Global CEO: Recession? What Recession?

Have no fear, a recession in the U.S. is not near, EY Global Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio said on CNBC this morning. Carmine Di Sibio, who runs consulting powerhouse EY Global, told CNBC on Thursday he does not see a recession as an imminent threat in the United States. “We had a lot […]

It’s Good Being a Deloitte U.K. Equity Partner These Days

The big news out of the Queen’s Big 4 yesterday wasn’t that Deloitte U.K.’s 2019 revenue (which also includes income from Switzerland) increased 10.9% from £3.58 billion in 2018 to £3.97 billion. Nope. The big news (or good news if you’re an equity partner at Deloitte) was: Hundreds of partners at the UK arm of […]

Let’s Speculate About Why Lynne Doughtie Is Leaving KPMG

When we got a tip Friday mid-morning that Lynne Doughtie had told KPMG U.S. staff in a video message that she wouldn’t seek another term as chairman and CEO, I wasn’t all that surprised. I figured she’d be one and done. Doughtie seems like a nice, hardworking, intelligent woman. I don’t think KPMG would have […]

Exclusive: Lynne Doughtie Is Not Seeking a Second Term as KPMG Chairman and CEO

Another Big 4 firm will soon have a new person residing in the corner office. First, Cathy Engelbert was not renominated late last year for a second four-year term as Deloitte CEO. She was succeeded by Joe Ucuzoglu and took over as the new commish of the WNBA. Then Mark Weinberger announced last December that […]

Vault 50: Big 4 Among the Most Prestigious Consulting Firms (2020)

While you guys were wasting billable hours yesterday still debating which fast-food restaurant has the best fried chicken sandwich, we posted an article about the latest Vault Consulting 50 rankings and how the Big 4 did pretty well. If you missed it because you were trying to hunt down a Popeyes fried chicken sandwich, all […]

Deloitte Gets Big 4 Bragging Rights In 2020 Vault Consulting 50

For the fifth consecutive year, Deloitte Consulting has been ranked the fourth-best consulting firm in the United States (although the governor of Rhode Island might beg to differ), according to the latest Vault Consulting 50. So once again, Green Dotters of the consulting variety have bragging rights over P. Dubsteppers, Uncle Ernie’s nieces and nephews, […]

Ex-EY CEO Mark Weinberger Joined a Board

Since his last day as global chairman and CEO of EY on June 30, Mark Weinberger has probably spent a lot of time at home working on his tan and sitting in his favorite recliner, wearing just BVDs and a stained white undershirt, slamming Yuenglings. Maybe his wife finally got sick and tired of seeing […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Broker Probably Won’t Be Doing Any Insider Trading For a While

The last man standing in the KPMG insider trading case (the one not involving Scott London) has finally fallen. From the SEC: Today [Aug. 14], jurors in Atlanta federal court returned a verdict finding New Jersey securities broker Raymond J. Pirrello, Jr. liable for insider trading in advance of three merger and acquisition transactions. Pirrello […]

Auditor Swap: Bubble Popped On EY’s Engagement with Sealed Air Corp.

Bubble Wrap maker Sealed Air Corp. disclosed in a securities filing earlier this week that it dumped EY as its external auditor and hired PwC, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Now, EY losing an audit client isn’t all that shocking. According to Audit Anaytics’ recent analysis of auditor changes in the second quarter of […]

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It Looks Like KPMG Is Being Sued By Shareholders of CannTrust Holdings

A press release sent today by Toronto-based law firms Thornton Grout Finnigan and Rochon Genova caught our attention: Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP and Rochon Genova LLP have together commenced a class action in Ontario on behalf of shareholders of CannTrust Holdings Inc. who acquired their CannTrust common shares between October 1, 2018 up to and including July 8, 2019. The […]

WhatsApp, KPMG? U.K. Partner Given the Heave-Ho Over Messages He Sent

More hijinks going on at KPMG U.K., as reported yesterday by the Financial Times: KPMG has forced out the head of one of its core businesses in Britain after an investigation into his conduct involving messages sent on WhatsApp. Tim Howarth, head of financial services consulting at KPMG, is the third senior partner to be […]

Can the Big 4 Survive the U.K. Regulators?

Ed. note: Jim Peterson, a 19-year veteran of Arthur Andersen’s internal legal group, has been writing since 2002 about the issues and challenges confronting the Big Audit model, including as an occasional guest here. Since last winter, Jim has been covering the intense public criticism in the U.K. of the performance and business model of […]

Ex-KPMG Executive Director Who Was Major Player In PCAOB Cheating Scandal Sentenced to Eight Months In Jail

The first prison sentence was handed out today in Manhattan federal court to one of the five former KPMG executives indicted in a scheme to steal confidential audit inspection information from the PCAOB. Cynthia Holder, a former PCAOB inspections leader who later worked as an executive director at KPMG, was sentenced to eight months in […]

DHG Poaches Someone From a Top 6 Firm and Issues a Press Release, Part II

It’s been quite the summer for Dixon Hughes Goodman. The firm promoted seven individuals who oozed out the most DHGness to the partnership in early June, joined some lame alliance with Mazars in July, and was recently named the 17th top accounting firm in the U.S. by both Accounting Today and INSIDE Public Accounting. The […]

Ex-KPMG Partner Will Be Giving the SEC a Bag Full of Money

We have an update on one of the members of Caleb’s fantasy KPMG insider trading golf team. From Law360: With a trial looming, a Georgia federal judge has granted approval of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s settlement with a former KPMG LLP partner accused of tipping off a stockbroker about the upcoming acquisitions of […]

EY’s Response to N.Y. Lawmakers’ Letter About Sexual Harassment and Forced Arbitration Is As Bad As You’d Expect

Last week, Adrienne wrote about a letter 67 New York state legislators recently signed and sent to new EY Global Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio denouncing the firm’s practice of forced arbitration agreements, especially in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawmakers wrote that EY’s forced arbitration policy silences victims of harassment and […]

PwC Mexico Partners Must Have Thought Auditor Independence Rules Did Not Apply to Them

A friendly reminder to audit firms: an auditor must maintain independence in both fact and appearance. Maybe PwC Mexico forgot this when it took over in fiscal year 2016 as the auditor of one of the largest financial services holding companies in Mexico. It just so happened that at the time the engagement letter was […]

Here’s Your Scorecard For KPMG U.K. Fines So Far In 2019

While I was vacationing in South Carolina last week, word officially came down from across the pond about the highly anticipated fine KPMG U.K. would be receiving from a Financial Reporting Council disciplinary tribunal for bungling reports on Bank of New York Mellon Corp. The tribunal let KPMG off the hook, deciding on a fine […]

New York Lawmakers Call Out EY’s ‘Culture of Harassment and Discrimination’

It’s rare, especially these days, that bipartisan lawmakers can agree on an issue, but in the case of EY sexual harassment lawsuits they’ve managed to do just that. In a letter to new EY Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio, 67 New York State Legislators, led by Senators Liz Krueger and Alessandra Biaggi, and Assemblymembers […]

Will Deloitte’s Work With Customs and Border Patrol Drive Employees From the Firm?

Our friends over at Fishbowl recently surveyed their users to find out if Green Dotters might be driven away due to Deloitte’s work on behalf of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and we’d like to share it with you. First, let’s get you caught up on the sitch if you’re out of the loop. As […]

EY Threatens to Raise Audit Fees ‘Cause the Mean Ole Government Keeps Busting Their Balls

I buried this story in Footnotes last Friday but thought it deserved its own post because A) it’s interesting and B) Bramwell is on vacation this week, leaving me to run the show and find enough crap to write about. So here we are. Sky News reported last week that they obtained a letter from […]

KPMG: Where Former College Athletes Go to Die

And a two-time Winter Olympic gold medalist too. From the Wall Street Journal: Accounting firm KPMG hires 3,500 college students each year in the U.S., and although the firm doesn’t target or track specific sports in its hiring, James Powell, national partner in charge of campus recruiting, says that he’s noticed that baseball, softball, swimming and diving […]

RSM Did a Little Talent Shopping At the Big 4

And Adams & Co. came away with a new tax principal and a new risk consulting leader. First up is Brad Collins: In his role as a principal with the firm’s national tax team, Collins leads the firm’s efforts to identify opportunities where RSM can eliminate tax data management challenges for private equity and hedge […]

This Big 4 Firm Had the Most IPO Audit Clients In Q2 2019

After a reeeeal slow start to 2019 due to the government shutdown, initial public offerings picked up the pace in the second quarter, nearly doubling the number of IPOs in the first quarter and including two of the top 10 largest IPOs since 2000. An Audit Analytics analysis revealed that between April 1 and June […]

Attorneys For Ex-Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant Want Her Murder Trial Moved Out of Dallas, Obviously

Citing “prejudicial” and “inflammatory” media coverage as the reason, the attorneys for Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who killed PwC accountant Botham Jean in his apartment last September, recently filed a change of venue motion to move her murder trial out of Dallas County, saying she can’t get a fair trial there. But […]

Blumshapiro Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Blumshapiro’s newest tax partner in Beantown has a great deal of experience in the Big 4 trenches. blumshapiro, the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England with offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, recently announced that Joe Feehan has joined the firm as a Tax Partner in the Boston office. Feehan has […]

Dedicated EY Employees Did Not Let a Little Blackout Deter Them From Providing Exceptional Client Service Last Weekend

I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry. To the employees of EY NYC working right now from r/Accounting OP didn’t really deliver with pics so if anyone managed to snag proof, let us know. As we understand it, only parts of Times Square were affected by last Saturday’s blackout, but that’s not nearly […]

Peeping PwC Pervert Busted With a Huge Collection of Upskirt Pics on His iPhone

In this day and age, most of us wander the world assuming our likeness is captured around every corner. Between run-of-the-mill Big Brother surveillance, red light cams, and modern humans’ propensity to broadcast nearly every moment of their waking lives to the internet, getting photographed in public is nothing out of the ordinary (if still […]

Arbitration Costs Mounting For Ex-EY Partner Who Claims She Was Sexually Harassed

A declaratory judgment complaint filed on July 17 is asking a Manhattan federal court to invalidate the arbitration agreement that has prevented former EY partner Karen Ward, who alleges she was a victim of sexual harassment and pay discrimination, from taking the firm to court. According to the complaint, to have Ward’s sexual harassment claims […]

Cathy Engelbert’s Best (and Worst) Moments as Deloitte CEO, Ranked

A couple weeks ago we acknowledged exiting EY Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger with a look back on some of his best moments as Benevolent Overlord of the Black and Yellow. Not sure if you heard but former Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert starts her new gig as WNBA commissioner today, giving us the perfect opportunity […]

Apparently PwC and Wesley Bricker Just Can’t Get Enough of One Another

PwC rolled out the red carpet on July 1 welcoming Wesley Bricker’s triumphant return from the dingy dungeons of the SEC, with trumpets blaring, a large feast being served, and red wine flowing like water—at least that’s how it happened in my mind. Bricker, who stepped down as SEC chief accountant in late May, has […]

Which Big 4 Firm Audits the Most Insurance Companies?

I know you guys are just dying to know the answer to this question, so let’s get right to it. Audit Analytics recently came out with its breakdown of the top 20 audit firms that had the most insurance clients in 2018. Yes, the Big 4 firms took the top four spots, combining for 2,300 […]

New Analysis of Public Company Auditors Reveals the Same Old Sh*t, Different Year

Our friends over at Audit Analytics just came out with its 2019 analysis of public company auditors in the U.S., and the results are exactly what you would expect: the Big 4 firms audit just under half of all public companies, and EY audits the most by a pretty wide margin. If you add up […]

What Price Wrong-Doing? Sanctions Against KPMG Are Complicated

“Sell in May and go away” was an investors’ adage invoked as vacation strategy in a more genteel era. Returns in the summer were said to lag the rest of the year—and in any event, that’s how brokers justified their holiday cottages on the eastern seaboard. This year the maxim has twice failed my attempt […]

Deloitte, EisnerAmper, 5 Others to Pay $235 Million to Settle Aequitas Investors’ Lawsuit

Why go through a lengthy, expensive trial, not knowing whether you’ll win or lose, when you can pay a shit-ton of money to make it all go away? That’s what the seven defendants, including Deloitte and EisnerAmper, did to settle a class-action lawsuit filed three years ago by investors of Aequitas accusing the accounting firms, […]

Promotion Watch ’19: EY Admits 733 New Partners Worldwide

Because July 1 kicks off a new fiscal year at EY, we figured a new partners announcement would be forthcoming. And it came today, via the new leader of the Black and Yellow, Carmine Di Sibio: Our Global Chairman and CEO, Carmine Di Sibio congratulates our new partners around the world. Their contributions have helped […]

Ex-KPMG Australia Senior Partner Avoids Prison For Being Too Stabby with a Campaign Volunteer

Even though he was convicted of two counts of common assault in court on July 4, former KPMG Australia partner Stavros “Steven” Economides was given a get-out-of-jail-free card. Economides, 62, who spent more than 30 years as a partner at KPMG, was sentenced to a 12-month good behavior bond after admitting to thrusting a corkscrew […]

Deloitte U.K. Hit with Large Fine Over Its Incompetent Auditing of Serco Geografix

It was Deloitte’s turn on the Financial Reporting Council’s dunk tank today, as the U.K. regulator fined the firm and one of its partners over the audits of the 2011 and 2012 financial statements of Serco Geografix Ltd., a subsidiary of outsourcing firm Serco Group PLC, which were found to be complete rubbish. The FRC […]

Mark Weinberger’s Best Moments as EY CEO, Ranked

Y’all remember back in the day when we used to do Ranked posts? Yeah, me neither. Mostly all I remember is Caleb saying he saw something similar on a far more popular blog than ours and was like “we should do that but with accounting stuff!” At least that’s how I recall the conversation in […]

What Do Deloitte and Robbie Van Winkle Have In Common?

Ice, ICE, baby. Professional services and consulting giants Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton have collectively started $66,721,241 worth in contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) since President Donald Trump took office, according to the U.S. government’s federal spending website. According to the U.S. spending database, Deloitte has started $51,017,363 worth of […]