Top 50 accountancy firms survey

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50 – Cap or no cap, firms want their bread and butter

The largest firms have constantly warned that, unless a liability cap is
introduced, it may no longer be in their interests to perform audits –
traditionally their bread and butter work. The question at the centre of this
heated debate is whether the risk involved in undertaking an audit is still
worth the returns.

50 – Banks hold key to insolvency

There might not be much you can do to save a team that runs into Zinedine
Zidane, but insolvency practitioners have hit the headlines this year for
stepping in to salvage clubs that have run into financial difficulty.

50 – Corporate Finance – Out of the doldrums?

Three years of low activity in flotations, mergers and acquisitions, and
lengthening realisation periods for private equity could well be at an end if
the results of this year’s Top 50 survey are anything to go by.

50 – Mid-tier takes lead in consultancy

With Ernst & Young set to re-enter the consultancy market next year, and
PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG planning on becoming more transparent about
their earnings in this area, this year’s Top 50 table could be about to go
through significant change.

Top 50
Diversity: Your perfect partners

Despite signs of progress, our Top 50 survey illustrates that firms still have a
long way to travel on the road to true diversity.

50 retrospective – 1969 was a very good year…

Over the last 35 years, mergers and acquisitions have led to the rise of
mega-firms, and with this trend set to continue, it is the independent sector
that will be most affected.

50 retrospective – KPMG: 35 years in accountancy

No firm better highlights the hoops that the accountancy profession has jumped
through in the last 35 years than KPMG.


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riders: 51 – 60

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