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- DescriptionThe post-Enron disintegration of Arthur Andersen in 2002 reduced the number of international accounting firms that audit nearly all of the world's largest public companies to the surviving Big Four -- Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC. Despite market dominance, double-digit annual growth and annual global revenue above $120 billion in 2014 - the viability of the Big Four and their business model faces serious threats:- Widespread dissatisfaction with the standard form and language of their core product -- the traditional pass-fail auditor's report. - The persistent expectations gap between their perceived performance quality and the stated desires of information users.- And especially, the questionable ability of the Big Four and their partners to survive a black swan financial shock - a litigation judgment or law enforcement sanction on the scale that destroyed Arthur Andersen. Count Down looks at the complex challenges facing the Big Four, questions the feasibility and achievability of the various proffered solutions , and proposes an evolved model for Big Audit that would be both sustainable for the large firms and fit to serve the capital markets of the 21st century.
- Author BiographyJim Peterson is an American lawyer, concentrating on complex multi-national disputes, litigation and financial information.He has represented the international accounting firms and large global companies in disputes, negotiations, government agency proceedings and standard-setting. Since 2009 he has taught a graduate-level course in Risk Management at business and law schools in Chicago - the University of Chicago Law School, DePaul University, and the College of Law of the University of Illinois - and in Paris at the law school of the University of Cergy-Pontoise. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College and the Yale Law School. He divides his practice, teaching and residential time between Paris and Chicago.
- Author(s)Jim Peterson
- PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
- Date of Publication25/11/2015
- SubjectFinance & Accounting
- Series TitleStudies in the Development of Accounting Thought
- Series Part/Volume Numberv.19
- Place of PublicationBingley
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEmerald Group Publishing Limited
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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