Ernst & Young’s news comes less than a fortnight after PricewaterhouseCoopers announced it was splitting itself into two or more separate businesses, with consultancy services to be separated from audit.
KPMG has also started rolling its consultancy wings across the world into a separate limited liability organisation.
There are a number of different forces behind these moves. The consultancy wings of the big firms have been keen to take equity stakes in internet start-ups, and to find new sources of capital for expansion.
Their partnership with auditors, held back by ethical and regulatory constraints, has made it difficult for them to do this.
At the same time, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, a US watchdog, has been clamping down on audit independence rules with the largest firms, particularly PricewaterhouseCoopers, being the worst hit.
AccountancyAge.com has already analysed the PricewaterhouseCoopers split in detail. News, analysis and comment pieces are brought together in an Accountancy Age.com special which can be found on the home page.
The US watchdog has also forced the loss of another major PwC client, Compaq, details of which are in the practice newswire.
If you have any thoughts on these landmark changes to the shape of the world’s leading firms, please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then post them on our comment area.
On a lighter note, AccountancyAge.com is offering newswire recipients the chance to win a luxury weekend in Barcelona. Just visit the homepage.
The draw is also open to anyone who registers for one or more of our newswires by April 7, so please tell any friends or colleagues who you think might be interested.
Andrew Tyrie airs views on the Finance Bill, 'Making Tax Policy Better' report, and Brexit
In our latest managing partner Q&A looking towards 2017, CVR Global's Richard Toone talks about recruitment, and the potential threat of competition from the legal sector, as key issues for the firm in the coming year
Deloitte to avoid tendering for government contracts over the next six months, to appease Theresa May following consultant's report that painted a less-than-flattering picture of Brexit plans
In our first Q&A looking towards 2017, Menzies senior partner Julie Adams flags up increasing digitisation, aligned with more hands-on consultative services, as the key mix for her practice