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The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons For Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Part Four

This is the fourth part of an occasional series. The first is available here, the second here and the third here. The entire paper will be published by Securities Regulation Law Journal early next year. The volunteer...more

MTC to Hold Transfer Pricing Group Meeting with Third-Party Contract Auditors

On October 6 and 7, 2014, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) will hold an Arm’s-Length Adjustment Service (ALAS) Advisory Group Conference at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. On the first day, third-party contract auditors...more

Bribery at the “Sharp End.” Lessons from the field.

To many, an understanding of corruption, bribery and compliance comes from the field of regulators, auditors, investigators and attorneys. Each one of these practices brings an important perspective and set of compliance...more

PCAOB Again Finds Broker-Dealer Audit Deficiencies. Observation: Experience Is the Best Indicator for Choosing an Audit Firm

For the third year in a row, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has found shortcomings in the audits of broker-dealers, a trend that could lead to firms spending more to get their books reviewed. The third...more

State Revenue Departments Misapplying Federal Tax Law

State income tax laws generally build on federal tax law. The typical pattern is to begin the calculation of state taxable income with federal taxable income and then to modify it by adding or subtracting items where state...more

Fraud and Bribery – They Go Hand in Hand

Compliance officers need to dig into and understand a company’s internal controls. Many compliance officers tend to leave that issue to Internal Auditors – that is a big mistake....more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: In Pari Delicto – Part II

The application of the in pari delicto defence in the United States is subject to significant jurisdictional variability. Case law reveals at least two different approaches to the scope of the defence: (i) a narrow...more

PCAOB Set To Finalize Rule Requiring Identification Of Lead Audit Partner

Last week, the WSJ reported that the PCAOB expects to finalize a new rule this September that would require audit firms to disclose the name of the engagement partner for each audit. The purpose of the rule, according to its...more

This Court’s Ruling Puts The Opinion In Auditor’s Internal Control Opinion

A brief ruling issued this week by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan makes it clear that an auditor isn’t always liable even when a subsequent auditor uncovers fraud. In Oaktree Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. KPMG, 2014 U.S....more

Second Circuit Finds Auditors Exempt and Endorses Limits on Class Discovery

While the number of class or collective action lawsuits has exploded, decisions from Circuit Courts of Appeal, particularly on procedural issues, are still infrequent enough to warrant comment. In Pippins v. KPMG, Case No....more

Shots Fired: PA Auditor General Releases Oil and Gas Audit

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office released a report criticizing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for failing to adequately track and respond to public complaints concerning water quality...more

EY Sanctioned For Acting As An Advocate For Audit Clients

Auditor independence is critical. The opinion issued by the audit firm regarding the financial statements of an audit client represents in part that the firm is independent. That judgment is based on an assessment of all the...more

SEC Charges Auditor of PRC Firm With Unprofessional Conduct

The Commission filed another proceeding against an audit firm and its partners arising out of the audit of a PRC issuer. Unlike earlier actions involving audit firms for Chinese issuers, in this case the difficulties did not...more

PCAOB Standard-Setting Agenda Offers Insight into Rulemaking Activities

The Office of the Chief Auditor of the PCAOB issued an updated standard-setting agenda, providing the expected timing and key milestones for various PCAOB rulemaking projects. Some of the highlights from the agenda, which was...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 26, 2014

In This Issue: - SBA Ups Size Standards, Allowing 8,400 Firms to Become Small Biz - Auditors Want to Limit Reporting of 'Critical Audit Matters' - House Approves Permanent Extension of Small Business Tax...more

Inside The Courts - May 2014 | Volume 6 | Issue 2

In This Issue: - AUDITOR LIABILITY: ..Athale v. Sinotech Energy Ltd., No. 11 Civ. 05831(AJN) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 21, 2014) - BYLAWS: ..ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis...more

SEC Sanctions D&T Auditor For Independence Violations

A now retired Deloitte & Touche LLP partner settled charges that he violated the auditor independence rules, engaged in improper professional conduct and caused a firm audit client to violate Exchange Act Section 13(a). The...more

Public Meeting Does Not Clarify Direction of PCAOB’s Proposal to Expand the Auditor’s Report

While most commenters at the PCAOB’s April 2–3 public meeting on the Auditor’s Reporting Model proposal expressed support for additional reporting by auditors, the views as to the nature of such reporting were disparate and...more

CFTC Staff Provides Guidance on Auditor Independence Requirements Under FCM Customer Protection Rules

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) issued an interpretive letter regarding the auditor independence standards included in CFTC Regulation 1.16, specifically as it applies to...more

The Registrar is Changing the Game for Complaints Against Arizona Contractors

Sweeping changes at the Registrar of Contractors have the construction and real estate industries concerned and curious. The Registrar recently received some poor performance reports by the Auditor General and State...more

CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards

On March 28, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued an interpretive statement regarding the auditor independence standards applicable to futures commission...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: An emerging defence – Part I

Interesting policy issues arise when auditors of corporations whose management has fraudulently misrepresented the company’s financial statements find themselves defending claims brought on behalf of the corporation by...more

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: Massive Liability May Not Be Indeterminate

Paradoxically, the application of the Hercules Managements duty of care test in cases like Widdrington (Estate of) v. Wightman, 2011 QCCS 1788, affirmed QCCA 1184 (“Castor Holdings”) may actually work to expand, rather than...more

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