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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 …

UK Accounting Regulator Urged to Slap Larger Fines on ‘Big Four’ Firms

Misdeeds by the world’s “Big Four” accounting firms should be punished with much bigger fines, Britain’s accounting watchdog was advised in a report released on Tuesday. “Fines greater than those that have heretofore been imposed may be appropriate in really …

KPMG’s S. Africa Unit Names 9 New Execs in Bid to Restore Client Trust

KPMG LLP’s South African unit appointed nine new executives in an attempt to restore trust in the auditing firm as clients continued to distance themselves over its involvement with the politically connected Gupta family. Andrew Cranston, a partner and former …

Munich Re Africa Drops KPMG as Auditor on S. African Reputational Issues

The African arm of Germany’s Munich Re has dropped KPMG as its auditor, the latest company to distance itself from the accountancy firm entangled in a scandal involving friends of South African President Jacob Zuma. KMPG sacked its South African …

Hurricanes to Usher in Short-Term Hard Market for Property Risks: Survey

Damage left by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey will lead to a hardened property market and pricing correction, at least in the short-term according to a new KPMG survey. In related analysis, a new Morgan Stanley report downplayed initial concerns that …