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Neil Bukspan, former senior manager at the Big Four firm’s national accounting office in New York, has been made Standard & Poor’s chief accountant and is expected to develop the agency’s coverage and analysis of accounting issues.
The appointment comes amid greater vigilance by the Financial Accounting Standards Board following the recent series of accounting abuses that have made headlines across the world and prompted reviews of accounting and auditing standards in the UK. The FASB has recently been examining the accounting of employee stock options.
Accounting scandals have also worried investors who are increasingly relying on ratings agencies for advice on equity investments, because some investment banks are being accused of lack of impartiality.
Rating agency Moody’s has also added accountants to its credit analysis team and provides specialist comment on accounting issues.
Clifford Griep, S&P’s chief credit officer said: ‘We felt it was necessary to bring in greater expertise. Accounting issues are more complex than ever and specialised accounting knowledge is critical in the interpretation of financial reporting and disclosure.’
The EC has been instructed to draft a European Union (EU) directive authorising an EU financial transaction tax, which would apply to ten of the EU’s 28 member states
Accountancy watchdog the FRC has dropped its investigation into the former chief financial officer of Tesco, nearly two years after the supermarket was engulfed in an accounting scandal
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