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UK Watchdog Urges Big 4 Accounting Firms to Challenge Clients as Audit Quality Slides

The dominant accounting firms must do a better job of challenging their clients in order to reach a satisfactory level of audit quality, the industry’s UK watchdog said. The so-called Big Four — KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers …

UK Accounting Watchdog Asks Big Four to Ring-Fence Audit Practices

The UK dominant accounting firms must separate their audit units from other businesses by June 2024 as the country’s accounting watchdog reacts to shortcomings that led to the collapse of several companies. The Financial Reporting Council is asking the so-called …

From Enron to Wirecard – Big 4 Accounting Firms Still Face Systemic Problems

Two decades of financial disasters from Enron Inc.’s collapse in 2001 to Wirecard AG’s meltdown have left the Big Four accounting firms facing a major cultural problem that regulators may struggle to resolve. The 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) missing …

Insurers Face Big Investment Losses, Trade Credit Claims from Coronavirus Crisis

Having initially brushed off the potential impact from coronavirus-linked claims, global insurers are waking up to the prospect of a double whammy – a sharp rise in payouts at a time of big investment losses. Because epidemics are excluded from …

Big 4 Accounting Firms Should Separate Auditing, Consulting Work: UK Lawmakers

The “Big Four” accounting firms should be forced to legally separate their “cash cow” consulting work from their auditing businesses, a U.K. Parliament committee said Tuesday. PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, EY and KPMG — which between them control more than 90 percent …

What Insurers Want and Get from Insurtech Partnerships

Remember the scene in the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally? During lunch with Harry at a deli, Sally very publicly fakes a wild orgasm. A nearby patron, when asked what she’d like to order, signals in Sally’s direction and …

UK Financial Services Regulations Unlikely to Be Relaxed After Brexit: KPMG

KPMG expects Britain to ignore calls to loosen banking rules after Brexit and said in a report on Wednesday it may even become tougher with measures to protect consumers and defend its financial stability from cyber attacks. Britain’s regulators are …

KPMG Loses More Staff & Clients in Continuing Fallout From S. Africa Gupta Scandal

KPMG LLP is continuing to lose staff and clients in South Africa more than a year after issuing a public apology for some of the work it did in the country, according to people familiar with the matter. A team …

UK Regulators, Lawmakers Get Tough on ‘Poor Performance’ of Big 4 Auditing Firms

The U.K. accounting watchdog is ramping up misconduct fines after being called useless and toothless by lawmakers irate at the failure of the accounting industry to prevent several high-profile corporate collapses. Over two days last week, the Financial Review Council …

KPMG’s Audit Work Is of `Unacceptable Standard:’ UK Regulator

KPMG’s audit work in the U.K. is of an unacceptable standard, Britain’s accounting regulator said, fueling calls to reform the industry, including dismantling the “Big Four” players. In an unprecedented assessment, the Financial Reporting Council said auditors at KPMG don’t …