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Big Four to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Big Four tax partners called before Public Accounts Committee to discuss tax avoidance

21 Jan 2013

Big Four

Using Big Four improves disclosure quality

Companies using Big Four auditor provide better quality IFRS disclosures, Cass Business School study finds

18 Jan 2013

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Big Four dominate preferred sustainability consultants list

Verdantix survey sees Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Microsoft crowned top green services outfits

16 Jan 2013

KPMG in talks over PRIME-style work experience scheme for accountants

KPMG enters into talks with founders of legal social mobility venture, which could see the Big Four firm forge an equivalent model for the accountancy profession

11 Jan 2013

KPMG replaces PwC as Schroders auditor

KPMG wins Schroders audit, ending PwC's 50-year tenure as the fund manager's auditor

09 Jan 2013

KPMG UK profits drop 13%

Despite a jump in revenues, KPMG sees its UK profits drop 13%

17 Dec 2012

KPMG International revenues rise

International firm says revenues grew 4.4% on last year to $23bn

13 Dec 2012

Big Four caught in US v China audit argument

SEC accuses Chinese affiliates of Big Four and BDO of breaking securities laws by withholding audit paperwork

05 Dec 2012

RSM slips down auditor rankings table of listed clients

Morningstar table shows RSM Tenon is biggest loser in overall auditor clients ranking for listed clients

27 Nov 2012

Colin: Autonomy can be a lonely place

Colin takes a wry look at one of the week's bigger developments

22 Nov 2012

Acquisitions the way to challenge Big Four, say readers

Accountancy Age readers overwhelmingly feel acquisitions are the best way to challenge the Big Four after this week's poll

14 Nov 2012

Firms vie over FTSE 350 audit market definition

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

29 Oct 2012

RSM Tenon leaps to the top of UK M&A advisor table

Listed firm storms Experian table as second most popular advisor on mergers & acquisitions in the UK, up from 20th

24 Oct 2012

Competition Commission delays audit inquiry findings

UK watchdog pushes back provisional findings of audit investigation to January

17 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

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

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

PwC overtakes KPMG as small-cap auditor

KPMG loses ten auditor clients in the last quarter, seeing it ousted by PwC as the top small-cap auditor

03 Sep 2012

Deloitte wins Dublin Airport Authority audit

Deloitte replaces KPMG as DAA auditor

28 Aug 2012

KPMG travails indicative of wider malaise

All of the Big Four are suffering from price competition for audit tenders, and limited opportunities for M&A and IPO work

24 Aug 2012

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