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Accounting News Roundup: E&Y’s Ireland Problem; Hollywood Accounting Magic; Groupon Says “Game On” | 09.15.11

UBS Hit by $2 Billion in Unauthorized Trades [WSJ]
UBS AG was rocked early Thursday by its disclosure that a rogue trader racked up about $2 billion in losses, an announcement that came hours after British police arrested a man on suspicion of fraud. A person familiar with the matter said the man arrested is Kweku Adoboli, a London-based trader on UBS’s exchange-traded-fund desk in London. British police confirmed that they arrested a 31-year-old man in London on “suspicion of fraud by abuse of position” at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, but declined to name him.

E&Y faces probe on Anglo Irish Bank audit [FT]
Ernst & Young faces a fresh threat to its reputation after an Irish accounting regulator said it would hold a disciplinary hearing to examine E&Y’s auditing of Anglo Irish Bank, a lender that had to be rescued by the Irish government in 2009. Already contesting a US lawsuit over its vetting of Lehman Brothers’ accounts, E&Y’s handling of the Anglo Irish audit has been challenged in three key areas by a special investigator hired by the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board. The Irish arm of E&Y on Wednesday said it would defend itself vigorously, saying it “fundamentally disagrees” with the decision to initiate a formal disciplinary process.

SEC officials ‘lawyering up’ [WaPo]
Under intense scrutiny from congressional critics and a probing inspector general, current and former Securities and Exchange Commission officials have been lawyering up, sometimes at their own expense. The practice reflects the highly charged atmosphere at the SEC and one of the costs of government service when investigations can put careers, reputations and more on the line. It goes all the way to the top.

The Last Posting [CEO Insights]
BDO’s Jeremy Newman signs off.

50 Fantastic Accounting Blogs [OAD]
Apparently there are 49 others.

How Hollywood Accounting Can Make a $450 Million Movie ‘Unprofitable’ [Atlantic]
Return of the Jedi, no less.

FAF Group Plans Changes in Accounting Standard-Setting [AT]
A trustee working group at the Financial Accounting Foundation plans to release its proposals in the next few weeks for changing the structure and process of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s oversight of standards for private companies and nonprofits. Teresa Polley, president and CEO of the Financial Accounting Foundation, which oversees FASB and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, indicated the proposals for structural changes at FASB should be out by the end of September or early October.

Groupon Back on Track for Its I.P.O. [DealBook]
Groupon is planning to put its initial public offering back on track even as markets remain rocky. After postponing presentations to potential investors early this month, the online coupon giant is now aiming to go public in late October or early November, according to people briefed on the matter. That would mean that Groupon could embark on its investor roadshow by the middle of next month, these people said.

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