US mortgage giant Fannie Mae has been hit with a $400m (£212m) fine for an
The firm, which reportedly altered earnings to trigger management bonuses,
was heavily criticised in a report by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise
Oversight (OFHEO) and the Securities & Exchange Commission for its
‘unethical corporate culture’.
‘The penalty and settlements represent a major step in correcting a dangerous
course that had been followed by one of the largest financial institutions in
the world,’ said acting OFHEO director James Lockhart.
‘Unprincipled corporate behaviour and inadequate controls will simply not be
tolerated,’ Lockhart added.
Several directors quit following the scandal breaking including the CEO and
‘We are glad to resolve these matters,’ said Daniel H Mudd, president and CEO
of the company. ‘We have all learned some powerful lessons here about getting
things right and about hubris and humility. We are a much different company than
before. But we also recognise that we have a long road ahead of us.’
The Financial Reporting Council has issued guidance regarding the annual reporting of 1,200 large and smaller listed companies. The letter highlighted the key issues and improvements that can be made in the 2016 reporting season
Baldwins Accountancy Group has continued investment in the north-east and appointed David Fish as a director in its corporate finance team
UK M&A activity bounced back strongly in July and August, according to analysis by the deals practice at PwC.
Smith & Williamson has added Jim Clark and Philip Marsden, of Marsden Clark Corporate Finance Limited, to its corporate finance team.