A senior US source at PwC today told AccountancyAge.com that the Big Five firm was ready to unveil details of the sale in the next couple of weeks.
The news confirms speculation that the two parties are close to agreeing a deal. Financial news service Bloomberg last week reported that HP was prepared to pay $17.5bn for PwC’s consulting business
It has been reported that senior executives at HP will need time to put together lucrative financial packages to prevent top PwC consultants leaving a buyer is found.
But HP will be keen to reach a written agreement so as to prevent other companies submitting rival bids.
The talks follow PwC’s decision in February this year to spin off its consultancy arm. Big Five accountancy firms have been under pressure from the US Securities & Exchange Commission to separate consulting and audit services to avoid so-called conflicts of interest.
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