Auditor reading documents

8 November, 2019

Auditors struggling to challenge management, says FRC

One of the frequent complaints made of auditors is that they get too cosy with their clients. A report from the UK’s audit watchdog has concluded that they are, at the very least, shy of challenging...
Big Four, PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG

28 October, 2019

Big Four accountancy firms see decline in combined audit income growth

The growth in audit fees for Big Four firms has fallen back significantly to one of its lowest levels since 2010. Audit fees grew by 1.7% for Big Four firms combined—PwC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG—...
auditor

3 September, 2019

Auditor resignations indicate new attitude to client selection

The audit profession in Britain is at a turning point as Westminster—Brexit permitting—considers new regulation. It seems firms may be responding by clearing the decks: the press has spotted a ...
man running, future fit

7 August, 2019

Setting the pace: how to ensure your board is fit for the future

To excel at any pursuit, you need to follow a fitness programme. This is no different whether you are an elite athlete or high-level business executive. But crucially, at a time of rapid advances in t...
Big Four, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC

18 April, 2019

Audit committees face public reprimand as part of market reforms

Audit committees should face public reprimand by regulators if they fail to provide adequate scrutiny of their auditors, according to recommendations from the UK’s competition authority. The prop...
mergers and acquisitions, M&A, takeovers

18 April, 2019

Trend for portfolio reviews drives M&A optimism

Nothing excites the business world like an M&A deal. Think of the fuss caused by the $30bn race to takeover of Sky by Comcast. And according to advisory firm EY, executives are so heady with M&...

19 September, 2018

Audit woes and reform wrangles

In July 2002 Lord Sharman, a former chairman of KPMG International, conceded in the pages of Accountancy Age, a trade publication for bean counters, that having a public sector body audit lis...
European flag

10 July, 2018

Big Four accountants accused of EU tax policy ‘conflict’

A lobby group has called for the Big Four accountancy firms to be "kicked out" of the policy-forming process in Europe. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), a Brussels-based group whose aim is to ...
Big Four, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC

9 July, 2018

Competition regulator asks Big Four to look for ways to change audit market

Reports suggest this morning that the Big Four audit firms have been asked to investigate ways of increasing the choice of auditors for companies listed in the UK. There has been pressure on the UK...
mergers, M&A, teamwork

5 June, 2018

European Court of Justice provides guidance on merger ‘gun-jumping’

Guidance on “gun-jumping”—a failure by merging parties to comply with the “standstill obligation”, which prohibits them from taking any steps to implement their merger before clearance from ...