July 20, 2018

Big 4

Does the ‘P’ in KPMG Stand For ‘Probes?’

Because we have two new probes into KPMG to tell you about. First, two weeks after the quality of its audit work was called “unacceptable” by the Financial Reporting Council, KPMG is being probed by the United Kingdom’s accounting watchdog over its audit of British beverage wholesaler Conviviality’s financial statements, according to the Financial Times. […]

Colonial Bank Collapse Will Cost PwC $625 Million, Reports Say

[Updated with statement from Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott] Reports are hitting the interwebs this afternoon that a federal judge has ordered PwC to pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. $625 million in damages for failing to uncover a long-running fraud scheme between its client Colonial Bank and the now-defunct mortgage lender Taylor, Bean & […]

PwC Cutting the Cord on Landlines in All U.K. Offices

It looks like PwC staffers are going all mobile, all the time in the United Kingdom. The Telegraph reports: Accountancy company PwC is doing away with landlines at office desks, expecting its 18,000 staff to use the “more efficient” mobile phones by the end of the summer. A spokesman for PwC said: “We already equip […]

Deloitte’s Audits of SIG Under U.K. Regulator’s Microscope

The Financial Reporting Council, the U.K.’s audit watchdog, is calling, is calling, is calling out Deloitte’s name in a probe of the Green Dots’ 2015 and 2016 audits of building products distributor SIG, according to several publications across the pond. From the Financial Times: SIG said in February it had discovered misstatements after a whistleblowing […]

Is Cathy Engelbert’s Time Almost Up As Deloitte CEO?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Deloitte LLP partners were told in an email that Cathy Engelbert has not been renominated for a second four-year term as CEO of the Big 4 firm. The Journal wrote: Ms. Engelbert, the first woman to run one of the Big Four firms in the U.S., is three-plus years into […]

KPMG Used Confidential Inspection Info to Snatch BBVA Away From Rivals, Report Says

If you missed this late last week, Francine McKenna of MarketWatch detailed how KPMG used access to confidential Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspection information to poach a client from its Big 4 rivals. The client, Spanish bank BBVA, was one of nearly a dozen KPMG clients caught up in the audit inspection scandal. Others […]

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Accounting Firm Compensation Threads Have Moved to Open Items

Our former-editor-in-chief-now-editor-at-large has been receiving emails lately asking if we will still be doing compensation threads this year. The answer is yes, but with a twist. Because comments have been disabled on all Going Concern articles, it makes absolutely no sense to post the open compensation threads on the homepage, as Caleb had done in […]

Deloitte’s New Greenhouse Experience Unfortunately Has Nothing to Do With Plants

As a former writer and editor for a national horticulture trade magazine, my interest was piqued when I came across the June 19 press release, “Deloitte Digital Launches New Deloitte Greenhouse Experience for Enterprise Clients.” I thought maybe Deloitte was cultivating a new variety of, say, Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) with the cultivar name ‘Punit […]

Report: Court Documents Name KPMG Audit Clients Caught Up in PCAOB Leak Fiasco

MarketWatch reporter and friend of Going Concern’s, Francine McKenna, wrote an outstanding article today after digging through court documents obtained by MarketWatch that name the audit clients caught up in the KPMG audit inspection conspiracy. And there are some pretty big names. The Justice Department in January brought criminal charges against five former KPMG executives […]

Squar Milner

What Next For the Big 4 in the U.K.? London Is Searching

A drunk, searching on hands and knees under a street lamp, tells the inquiring police, “I’ve lost my keys – over there in the dark alley.” “Then why look here?” they ask, perplexed. “Because the light’s better here.” In the city of London, where the modern audit profession was born in the Victorian era, no […]