September 21, 2019

Reminder: KPMG Fired a Bunch of People for Mishandling PCAOB Inspections Details They Weren’t Supposed to Have

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KPMG released its global revenue results today and its the standard self-congratulatory Big 4 flimflam that we love to hate around here.

The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times both covered the results in earnest; the Journal noted that KPMG’s growth lagged its BIG peers, while the FT mentioned a couple of the firm’s “huge reputational challenges,” namely its role in South Africa’s massive graft scandal and some of the U.K. audit regulator’s criticism.

But somehow the FT overlooked KPMG’s ginormousest reputational challenge of all — six employees, including two of its audit leaders and five partners in total, fired for mishandling confidential PCAOB inspection details.

Man, remember that? No offense to the FT, necessarily; it’s easy to forget a transgression by a Big 4 firm here and there over the course of the year. There’s always a lot to remember!

Anyway, wanted to make sure that we didn’t omit that one. It was a doozy. As you were.

[WSJ, FT, @retheauditors]

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