Audit Reform Special

Big Four breakup

Firms vie over FTSE 350 audit market definition

Big Four and mid-tier disagree over Competition Commission definition of audit market

29 Oct 2012

Audit Commission contract win sees Mazars open new office

Mazars’ recent contract win for public sector audits in the North East and Yorkshire sees the firm open up its first office in the area

29 Oct 2012

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PwC gets vocal over lost BG audit

The Big Four firm is unusually chatty about losing a major audit, notes TS...

25 Oct 2012

Competition Commission delay won’t halt EU audit reforms

Euro MEP Sajjad Karim will push ahead with the proposed EC audit reforms timetable - regardless of Competition Commission delays

19 Oct 2012

Competition Commission delays audit inquiry findings

UK watchdog pushes back provisional findings of audit investigation to January

17 Oct 2012

Interview: Euro MP Sajjad Karim on steering audit reform

Accountancy Age speaks to the British MEP about how he is steering the EC's planned reform of the audit market through the European parliament

08 Oct 2012

Big Four alumni's influence could restrict competition

Competition could be restricted by the backgrounds of those involved in the appointment of auditors, regulator finds

08 Oct 2012

FRC practices what it preaches

FRC avoids charge of “do as I say, not as I do”, by changing its auditor

05 Oct 2012

Big Four audit tenders benefit from ‘virtuous circle’

Virtuous circle that increases Big Four chances of winning FTSE 350 audits operates in reverse for mid-tier

01 Oct 2012

Divisions within Europe over audit rotation

European politicians split over length of audit tenures as MEP Jürgen Creutzmann proposes adoption of seven-year mandatory rotation

28 Sep 2012

Mandatory audit tendering introduced in UK governance code

UK Corporate Governance Code introduces comply-or-explain for FTSE 350 companies that fail to put their audit out to tender at least every ten years

28 Sep 2012

PwC's Schroders audit put out to tender

Schroders CFO Kevin Parry talks about the audit market, as tender process for the FTSE 100 group's audit continues

26 Sep 2012

Audit competition depends on how you look at it

Big Four and mid-tier views over what constitutes competition are so distant it is questionable whether Competition Commission findings will settle argument

25 Sep 2012

No evidence of "tacit coordination" among Big Four

Competition Commission working paper on tacit collusion among Big Four goes some way to vindicate their stance on audit competition

25 Sep 2012

Germany and Spain challenge watered-down audit reform proposals

European Parliament’s legal affairs committee hears report from MEP on mandatory rotation every 25 years which receives challenges from some member states

19 Sep 2012

Colin: Audit reform changes tack

Colin sums up what many think about the new direction that the EC's audit reform plans are taking

19 Sep 2012

Investors make last ditch attempt to sway audit reforms

Investors representing €732bn in Europe send letter to European Commissioner Michel Barnier to take tough stance on audit reforms

17 Sep 2012

European audit reforms watered down

Mandatory auditor rotation moves from every six to 25 years

10 Sep 2012

Audit reforms could lead to less protection, say firms

Survey of Top 100 firms shows that 63% believe reforms such as auditor rotation will provide less protection for investors and the public

25 Jul 2012

PwC leapfrogs Deloitte as global networks boost revenues

Fee revenue growth rate increases, as emerging markets continue to bolster international networks

09 Jul 2012

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ABS: Will you be taking on too much?

While alternative business structures (ABSs) might benefit some accountancy firms, others could be in danger of overstepping their capabilities

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Internal auditors must up game over new anti-corruption rules

Government's more onerous anti-corruption plan means internal auditors must up their game

Colin: Audit losses go down badly

Colin imagines KPMG's reaction to losing Diageo audit

Colin: Deloitte redeems Gherkin

Colin speculates on what changes might take place at 30 St Mary Axe under the new Brazilian ownership

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Sage and Netsuite chief executives engage in boisterous Twitter exchange

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