December 6, 2021

KPMG

KPMG Director’s Thoughts On Firm’s ‘Unethical’ Vaccine Policy Will Be Loved By Some and Hated By Others

Once Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson began rolling out their COVID-19 vaccines in the US, unless you had your head in the sand for the past four or five years, you just knew people would take sides on whether or not to get the jab—for whatever reason. And that has certainly been the case. […]

With Omicron Threatening to Send Everyone Back Inside, KPMG UK Reminds Audit Staff to Get Back to the Office

Alright so we’re sourcing this one from Reddit which, yeah, I know but since the bulk of our sources are on this side of the pond, it’s the best place to find international Big 4 news other than obscure local papers or from unmemorable African newspapers. A screenshot of an email sent out by KPMG […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VIII

Just like our waistlines over Thanksgiving weekend, the tax practice at the Queen’s KPMG got larger earlier this month with the addition of three new partners. Candice Nichol, a tax lawyer with 14 years of experience, joined KPMG as a deal advisory tax partner in London from international law firm Simmons & Simmons, while Justin […]

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KPMG Norway Has Achieved the Impossible And Created a Mildly Amusing Video (For an Accounting Firm)

KPMG couldn’t audit their way out of a paper bag but some props are due for proving themselves capable of making a mildly entertaining two-minute YouTube video which we’re about to share with you momentarily. The last time we caught KPMG embarrassing themselves on YouTube, it was this unspeakable disaster from KPMG Denmark and things […]

You Know the World Is Getting Back to Normal When KPMG Has the Worst PCAOB Inspection Report of the Big 4

When the PCAOB released its first batch of 2019 inspection reports earlier this year, there was one outcome that left us at Going Concern HQ feeling like we were living in some auditing bizarro world: PwC had a worse audit failure rate (30%) than KPMG (29%). It’s rare when KPMG doesn’t have the worst PCAOB […]

Does KPMG Lakehouse Have Hairdryers?

Not sure if Going Concern readers and random Googlers who end up in this sacred temple of Big 4 gossip are aware, but we can see the keywords you search prior to clicking through onto our site. And man, some of them are disturbing, due in part to the fact that we’ve written about questionable […]

One KPMGer ‘Annoyed’ By New Enhancements to 401(k) Match and Pension Programs

I wanted to make a comment about KPMG’s new 401(k) rules. As a recent US hire, the changes annoyed me in some ways. Here’s why: What the article (“Changes to KPMG’s 401(k) Contribution Policy Seem to Be Getting Positive Reviews”) didn’t mention or what your source material may have left out is that in addition […]

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Changes to KPMG’s 401(k) Contribution Policy Seem to Be Getting Positive Reviews

In mid-July 2020, when public accounting CEOs were still looking at ways to slash costs because of the Rona’s impact on their firms, we started receiving tips from KPMGers about their retirement and pension plans taking a hit: KPMG announced this week they are cutting pension and 401k contributions in half for 2020. According to a 2018 […]

Big 4 Item of the Week on eBay: Peat Marwick Cap

Klynveldians, forget about all of the dark blue and plain white Phil Mickelson KPMG golf hats currently on eBay. If you want to look good even if you don’t play good the next time you have a tee time scheduled (probably sooner than later for many of you KPMGers), then you need this rare teal […]

A Big 4 Firm Being Untruthful? You Don’t Say!

From the Financial Times yesterday: A senior KPMG partner advanced an “untruthful” defence at a disciplinary hearing into the accounting firm’s misconduct in the sale of bedmaker Silentnight to a private equity fund, a tribunal has found. The tribunal also found that KPMG and David Costley-Wood, the partner who led the Silentnight work, had failed […]

Promotion Watch ’21: KPMG US Admits 170 New Partners

The partnership at KPMG grew by 170 people earlier this month, as 120 men and 50 women were outfitted with new golf attire before being handed keys to the club by Chair and CEO Paul Knopp and Deputy Chair and COO Laura Newinski. This latest class of new partners (for FY 2022) is larger than […]

Compensation Watch ’21: So Many People Are Bailing That KPMG UK Had to Change Its Bonus Structure

Attrition is the word on everyone’s lips these days, and you can bet that the ongoing Big 4 exodus is keeping plenty of partners up at night. Given the aforementioned stress-related insomnia, surely firm leaders are spending their extra awake hours coming up with creative, generous ways to hold on to the staff they have […]

EY Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part III

Finally we have some Big 4-on-Big 4 poaching action here in the good ol’ US of A to write about, even though it involves a lateral move. After an 11-year stay at the House of Mickelson as a principal, Mitch Kenfield has joined EY’s Consulting practice in the same role. He announced his recent departure […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part XVI

It looks like the hot spots for Big 4-on-Big 4 poaching lately are the U.K. and Australia, where KPMG Down Under recently made champagne wishes and caviar dreams come true for one PwC managing director. Australian Financial Review reported: Sally Torgoman, 38, has joined KPMG as a partner in the firm’s infrastructure business. Ms Torgoman was […]

KPMG Australia Audit Partners and Staff Didn’t Get Away with Cheating on Internal Training Exams Either

At the end of the Married With Children episode, “Go For the Old,” Al Bundy says: “It’s only cheating if you get caught.” Well, KPMG got caught. The firm was busted for cheating on internal training exams. Again. Just like in the US. This time the cheating was running rampant in Australia. The PCAOB fined […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part XV

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we head to the largest country in South America where Carlos Augusto da Rosa Gomes recently left PwC in Brazil for the bluer pastures of KPMG. He announced his new home away from home on LinkedIn earlier this month: KPMG is Carlos’s third […]

Guy May Have Gone Through Puberty While Working At KPMG

“Well, I’m KPMG man and boy. I actually did engineering at university and then decided that I wanted to get a business qualification alongside that, so I joined the KPMG audit team in Glasgow and did my charted accountant training there. And then post-qualifying I moved into our transaction services team in order to implement […]

Here’s What We Know Right Now About the New COVID Vax Requirements at KPMG US

It was only a matter of time before another Big 4 firm would follow Deloitte’s lead in requiring COVID-19 vaccines for employees to enter its facilities. But I gotta admit, I wasn’t expecting that firm to be KPMG. (PwC, to be honest.) Here’s what was posted Tuesday morning on Fishbowl: I texted a source at […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part III

We haven’t heard or seen anything about the Big 4 exodus being as big of a thing in the UK as it is in the US, but it seems like there’s been a slight uptick in the amount of Big 4 hopping going on across the pond. The latest is Daniel Barry joining the partnership […]

KPMG UK Asks Staff to Stop Snitching to the Media When the Firm Does Something Stupid

Do y’all remember way back in February when then KPMG UK chair Bill Michael had to resign after he told staff to stop moaning in a virtual town hall? A few hundred KPMGers were in (virtual) attendance for Michael’s rant which included observations about how staff are a bunch of whiny little bitches who don’t […]

Deloitte Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Parts I, II, III, and IV

Damn, Deloitte Australia got quite the haul recently from the Australian House of Klynveld, nabbing four KPMGers—two partners and two directors—who will join Big D’s risk advisory business starting in October. That is some hardcore poaching. Australian Financial Review reported on July 27: Daniel Houseman, 42, is joining Deloitte as a partner from October. Mr Houseman is […]

KPMG Just Missed Getting a Record-Setting Fine In the U.K. By *This* Much

When an independent disciplinary tribunal concluded in June that KPMG U.K. and one of the firm’s partners failed to comply with the fundamental principles of objectivity and integrity in their work on the sale of bed manufacturer Silentnight to U.S. private equity firm HIG Capital in 2011, the panel recommended KPMG be fined a record-setting […]

KPMG Senior Audit Associate Ryan Kiess Among 5 Killed In Car Accident On Long Island

The University of Scranton remembered alum Ryan Kiess (photo above), who got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and played lacrosse at the university. Funeral services will be held this week for Ryan Kiess, a 25-year-old senior audit associate at KPMG in New York City who was one of five people killed in a […]

Two of the ‘KPMG 5’ Barred By the SEC Indefinitely For Being Dirty Cheaters

Ex-KPMG partners David Britt and Thomas Whittle were told by the SEC on Wednesday that their accounting privileges were being taken away for a long time because of their involvement in a multiyear scheme with three other KPMGers to steal regulatory information from the PCAOB to cheat on audit inspections. The administrative proceeding orders released […]

KPMG UK Got Absolutely Dragged By the FRC For Its ‘Unacceptable’ Bank Audits

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) released its 2021 inspection reports today, which include BDO, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Mazars, and PwC. I’ve linked the individual reports for each firm (note they are in PDF) should you feel like wasting a Friday afternoon reading overseas audit inspection reports but we need to talk about the […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VII

Another day, another EYer getting poached by KPMG. This time Marlon Richardson (pictured left) has departed the Ernstiverse to join the partnership at KPMG U.K. The website Energy Voice reported: The “big four” accountancy firm KPMG has appointed a former oil and gas partner at rival EY to its energy practice. Marlon Richardson spent seven […]

This Is Not Good, KPMG. Not Good At All.

Here’s some less-than-stellar news about the Queen’s KPMG from today’s Financial Times: KPMG faces a record fine of more than £15m after advising bed manufacturer Silentnight on the sale of its business despite the accountant’s “conflict of interest” with the buyout fund that bought it. An independent tribunal found that KPMG and one of its […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part XIV

Andrew Yates has put together a squad—six men (including Yates) and six women—who will act as his right hand when he takes over as CEO of KPMG Australia on July 1. One of the members of KPMG Australia’s new National Executive Committee is a recent refugee of PwC, according to a press release: External hire, Dorothy […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VI

Poaching season never rests, especially in the U.K. In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” Ian Wood can get his old KPMG coffee mug out of storage because he’s back at where it all began, this time as part of the firm’s Energy Lead Advisory team. According to a press […]

KPMG Managing Director Alan White Will Be Laid to Rest on June 3

A memorial service will be held in West Virginia on Thursday morning for KPMG Managing Director James Alan White who passed away in Dallas on Oct. 22, 2020. Internment will follow the memorial service, according to his obituary. White, who would have turned 56 on June 16, was born in Charleston, WV, and was a […]

Old Guy Wearing KPMG Hat Wins At Golf

Congrats to KP(hil)MG’s most beloved and valuable employee for winning his second PGA Championship on Sunday—his sixth major overall—and for becoming the oldest major champion ever at age 50. Phil Mickelson and his blue KPMG hat shot a one-over-par 73 during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday, finishing with a two-shot lead […]

RIP James Alan White, Managing Director at KPMG In Dallas

Just saw on my Twitter feed the sad news that the remains of James Alan White, the KPMG managing director who went missing last October, were found Thursday afternoon and identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper reported: Dallas police said that a survey […]

KPMG Can’t Get Out of Class-Action Suit Filed By Miller Energy Investors

A Tennessee federal judge on May 7 greenlighted class certification in a multiyear lawsuit against KPMG by investors of the now-defunct oil and gas company Miller Energy Resources Inc., despite KPMG’s best efforts to get the lawsuit thrown out. According to Law360, U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra C. Poplin had recommended that the Miller Energy investors […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Parts XII and XIII

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we have two more examples of PwCers hoping the grass is more greener at KPMG. First, we go to Scotland where Rob Aitken left PwC to become KPMG’s newest transaction services director in Aberdeen. The website Insider.co.uk got some information about KPMG of […]

KPMG Proves Its Commitment to Women By Firing the Guys Who Expensed Strippers and Gave Interns Alcohol Poisoning

Determined to steal the crown from public accounting’s reigning fuck-ups (that’s EY for those of you out of the loop), a group of former KPMGers are doing their best to bring shame upon their former firm now that news of their “boys’ night out” shenanigans has reached the unwashed masses. And they have the Australian Financial […]

Qualified Woman Obviously Pissed She Was Passed Over for KPMG U.K. CEO Job Eventually Given to Guy (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Mary O’Connor quit. According to the Financial Times, she said: “I am privileged to have been able to make a significant contribution to rebuilding the trust in our business and to help set it on the path to even greater future growth. However, I have decided that my corporate experience and approach are now […]

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The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: KPMG #39 (2021)

Following one spot behind PwC at No. 39 in the 2021 F100BCTWF is KPMG. One of the biggest things that happened at the Radio Station during the pandemic was (no, not Phil turning 50) a change in leadership. Lynne Doughtie led the troops for the first few months of the Rona outbreak, trying to convince […]

KPMG U.K. Partners Seem to Like This Jon Holt Guy

KPMG in the U.K. made it official this morning that head of audit Jon Holt will replace Bill Michael as the firm’s new CEO. The U.K. House of Klynveld said: KPMG in the UK has confirmed that following a partnership vote, Jon Holt has been elected with overwhelming support as the firm’s Chief Executive. He […]

KPMG Agrees to $10 Million Deal with Female KPMGers In Lengthy Gender Discrimination Case

It took 10 years but an age bias lawsuit first filed against KPMG in 2011 by former senior manager Donna Kassman that now includes eight other plaintiffs and hundreds of other KPMG ladies, a vast majority of whom no longer work for the firm, is finally reaching the end of the road. Law360 reported yesterday: […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part XI

Hey. Hope you are having a good Monday so far. Danielle Malone wasn’t as scared of KPMG coming after her as the dog in the video we posted on Sunday. In fact, she actually left PwC in Australia (the biggest of the Big 4 in terms of revenue) to join the Australian House of Klynveld […]

Tweet of the Day: KPMG Frightens Dog

Alternate title: When You Receive Offers From Both KPMG and PwC. pic.twitter.com/czY7qWpzWo — TheBig4Accountant (@TheBig4Tweets) March 28, 2021 Have a good rest of the weekend.

Two Ex-KPMG Auditors Were Told By the SEC to Have a Seat On the Sidelines For a While

Two former KPMG auditors who worked on the ill-fated audit of a not-for-profit college agreed to having their wrists slapped by the SEC for their roles in the school’s collapse: The Securities and Exchange Commission today suspended two former KPMG auditors [Christopher Stanley and Jennifer Stewart] from practicing before the SEC in connection with settled […]

Right or Wrong: Bill Michael Is No Longer KPMG U.K. Chairman Because He Didn’t Mollycoddle Millennials and Zoomers

After a roller coaster of a week that ended with the fall of Bill Michael at KPMG, it is time to don the forensics hat to determine how it went horribly wrong. The Titanic may have hit an iceberg, but where did Michael trip over his didgeridoo? Michael the F-bomber: Ben Marlow, a business columnist […]

KPMG U.K. Chairman Makes Himself Scarce After Calling His Staff Whiny Little Bitches

[UPDATE] Bill Michael quit today, according to the Financial Times and other U.K. outlets. “I am truly sorry that my words have caused hurt amongst my colleagues and for the impact the events of this week have had on them,” Michael said in a statement on Friday. “In light of that, I regard my position […]

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LOL, PwC: For Once, KPMG Doesn’t Have the Worst Audit Failure Rate Among the Big 4

Because it’s #TriviaTuesday, here are a couple of questions regarding PCAOB inspection reports: When was the last time KPMG did not have the worst audit deficiency rate among the Big 4? When was the last time KPMG had a lower deficiency rate than PwC? The answer to the first question is 2013’s inspection reports, when […]

KPMG U.K. Partners Took One For the Team

Those partners at KPMG U.K. who are living a lavish lifestyle might have to cut back on the golfing and become more frugal after the firm slashed their pay by 11% so more of their subordinates can stay employed. The Financial Times reported on Wednesday: Average partner profit distribution has been cut by 11 per […]

Ex-KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie Adds Another Board Seat Notch to Her Belt

Lynne Doughtie has been busy padding the “Corporate Board Experience” portion of her résumé. A little more than a month after joining the Board of Advisors of NovaSignal Corp., the former KPMG CEO joined her first corporate board of directors on Jan. 15 where she’ll have to learn all things jumbo jet. And she’ll be […]

Ex-KPMG Advisory Employee Is Pissed Off By Wave of New Hires Following Mass Layoffs

I was one of the many lucky individuals laid off from KPMG US Advisory last October. I was catching up with one of my former colleagues earlier and learned that at least 10 people have recently been hired to the group that I was let go from, ranging in levels from associate all the way […]

Lakehouse Is Reopening Soon For KPMG Kampers

Since March, the $450 million, 780,000-square-foot cruise ship on land known as KPMG Lakehouse has sat dark and collected dust in Lake Nona, FL. Kamp KPMG had its grand opening only two months earlier before being temporarily closed due to the Rona. But there’s good news for KPMG kampers: Lakehouse will be opening its doors […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From Grant Thornton and Issues a Press Release, Part III

There probably aren’t too many accountants who can say they’ve worked as head of tax at both Grant Thornton and KPMG in Scotland, but if such a club exists, Vishal Chopra is its newest member. Several news outlets in the U.K. have reported on Chopra’s recent move from GT to the House of Klynveld, including […]

Promotion Watch ’21: KPMG Australia Admits 33 New Partners

Early January is typically a slow time of year for public accounting news, so in order for us to fill our posting quotas for the week, here are the 20 men and 13 women who became partners at KPMG Australia on Jan. 1: Audit, Assurance, and Risk Consulting Glenn Brooks Audit & Assurance Perth Nicola […]

Compensation Watch ’20: Who Is Getting Mid-Year Raises At KPMG?

With all this talk about mid-year raises at PwC starting Jan. 1, $1,500 holiday/mid-year bonuses at Deloitte, and mid-year salary bumps at EY effective Jan. 9, all we’ve heard are crickets on our tipline about what’s going on at KPMG. But I did notice this post on Fishbowl last Friday: In a different post on […]

Oof. KPMG’s 2020 Global Revenue Got All F’d Up By the Rona

I had it all planned out. Knowing that KPMG would likely announce its 2020 global revenue this week, I was going to give KPMG kudos and kongratulations and golf claps for finally hitting the $30 billion mark, which would be an all-time high for the firm. And then troll KPMG a little for being the […]

KPMG Auditors Working From Home During a Pandemic Was a Major Inconvenience For One CEO

From the Wall Street Journal: [Emerson Electric CEO David Farr] had just gotten off the phone with KPMG LLC, Emerson’s auditors since 1938, and he was steaming. The problem: It was June and they were still working from home. “Look. I make s—, and you can’t tell me how I’m making s— when you’re sitting […]

Ex-KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie Is Following the Post-Big 4 Playbook

This post is ONLY for those of you at KPMG who have been losing sleep thinking about which company board Lynne Doughtie would be joining now that her Big 4 career is over. Here’s the answer: NovaSignal Corp., a medical technology and data company specializing in assessing cerebral blood flow, announced today that Lynne Doughtie […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part X

Not only are there two former EY tax wonks who are part of the latest class of tax partners and managing directors at KPMG but there’s also a PwC refugee. From a KPMG announcement posted by Tax Grotto: Jeremy Jester has rejoined KPMG as a managing director in its SALT practice. He has nearly 15 years […]

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KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Parts IV and V

Back in March (which seems like three years ago) KPMG introduced its latest senior tax hires, which included a couple folks the Radio Station snagged from PwC and a few former EYers. Late last month, KPMG sent out another missive that included its latest round of senior tax hires, two of whom came from EY. […]

Last Indicted Ex-KPMG Partner to Be Sentenced In PCAOB Scandal Won’t Be Going to Prison

Almost three years after being indicted for his involvement in one of the biggest ethics debacles in public accounting history, former KPMG partner Thomas Whittle was sentenced today to two years of supervised release. And that’s all, folks. The six accountants who were charged with fraud and conspiracy by the feds on Jan. 22, 2018, […]

KPMG Managing Director Alan White Reported Missing By Family; Reward Increased to $20,000; Dallas Police Considers White ‘Endangered’ (UPDATE)

[Updated on Dec. 2 with LinkedIn post from KPMG Dallas office managing partner.] No new updates on the whereabouts of KPMG Dallas Managing Director James Alan White, who has been missing since Oct. 22. One thing I haven’t seen in any of the reporting in Dallas and around the country about White’s disappearance is a […]

No Jail Time For Another One of the ‘KPMG 5’ Indicted In PCAOB Scandal

When former KPMG partner Thomas Whittle goes before U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken to hear his sentencing, scheduled for Dec. 2, he will be the last of the five ex-KPMG executives who were indicted in January 2018 for their roles in a scheme to steal confidential audit inspection information from the PCAOB to […]

KPMG U.K. Restructuring Partner Channels Angry Donald Trump During Disciplinary Hearing

“The fact that I am [sitting] here being accused of dishonesty, and have never been dishonest in my business life … is frankly outrageous. This whole case here is just a witch hunt and if [the FRC] can’t win the case, which they shouldn’t based on the facts, then it is simply a process of […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part IX

Back in August it was announced that KPMG’s head of diversity and inclusion, Michele Meyer-Shipp, would be leaving the firm to join the big leagues. No, not Deloitte, the actual big leagues—Major League Baseball—as its new chief people and culture officer. It took a while but today KPMG announced Meyer-Shipp’s successor, Elena Richards, who left […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part VIII

The KPMG/PwC poaching rivalry is still going strong, but weirdly, it seems like more troops are deserting PwC for a job at KPMG than the other way around. It’s like we’re living in Bizarro World. In our latest edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” one of the newest partners at KPMG […]

KPMG Fined $1.3 Million By the California Board of Accountancy For Lots of Unethical Stuff

[Updated on Nov. 3 with statement from KPMG.] Here’s some more news pertaining to the KPMG/PCAOB cheating scandal that I wasn’t expecting to post about today: KPMG has to pay a $1.3 million fine to the California Board of Accountancy for bending the audit inspection rules a handful of years ago AND for auditors cheating […]

Ex-KPMG Partner Thomas Whittle Is Up Next For Sentencing In PCAOB Scheme

Former KPMG partner Thomas Whittle—one of the five decision-makers at the House of Klynveld who were indicted in January 2018 for making the very poor decision to steal confidential information on which clients’ audits the PCAOB would be reviewing so KPMG could improve its dismal inspection results—is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 2, according […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part VII

It seems like more Big 4ers are trading in their PwC autumnal hues for KPMG blue lately than the other way around. That was the case in our latest edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” as the Queen’s KPMG officially unveiled three new private equity partners, one of whom was snatched […]

KPMG Must Really Like This Bill Thomas Fellow

Is Bill Thomas the most under-the-radar Big 4 global CEO right now? Everyone knows Bob Moritz, Punit Renjen, and Carmine Di Sibio. But if you don’t work at KPMG, or even if you do, did you even know Bill Thomas is the firm’s head chairman? I just now had to create a Bill Thomas tag for […]

Question of the Day: Is EY the New KPMG?

For as long as I can remember, KPMG has always been the butt of Big 4 jokes: Big 3 + KPMG, a golf apparel company masquerading as a Big 4 firm, the red-headed stepchild of the profession, always a bridesmaid and never a bride, Scott London, Caleb worked there, etc. But with the whole “pancakes […]

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Promotion Watch ’20: KPMG Admits 119 New Partners in the U.S.

It was new partner promotion announcement day at KPMG yesterday, and there are 119 individuals in the class of FY 2021 who will do Paul Knopp’s bidding. Speaking of Knopp, the firm’s chairman and CEO exalted the newest members of the club on LinkedIn Tuesday: Each of these talented professionals has demonstrated exceptional professional excellence […]

Ex-KPMG Partner Given Slap on the Wrist From Judge During Cheating Scandal Sentencing

Adrienne mentioned this in Footnotes on Friday, but just in case you missed it, former KPMG partner David Britt won’t be serving any time behind bars for his role in the audit firm’s scheme to cheat the PCAOB inspection process a handful of years ago. Instead, Britt, 57, who is a resident of North Carolina, […]

Promotion Watch ’20: KPMG Admits 69 New Partners in Canada

We got a tip the other day that KPMG of the Canadian variety finally released its roster of new partners, and there are 69 lucky boys and girls who now get to take a seat at the grown-ups’ table. Here’s a look at the class of 2020 by the numbers: 30: The number of new […]

Layoff Watch ’20: It’s Pink Slip Day at KPMG

[Updated on Sept. 30 with additional information.] Two days before the start of KPMG’s 2021 fiscal year, massive layoffs unfortunately occurred at the firm on Tuesday. We received confirmation that 1,400 people, less than 4% of KPMG’s workforce, would be notified this afternoon that they no longer have a job with the firm. In a […]

FYI: One of the ‘KPMG 5’ Is Scheduled to Be Sentenced on Oct. 9 (UPDATE)

[Article updated with new sentencing date.] A Manhattan federal court judge will decide next month whether former KPMG executive David Britt should spend some time inside a jail cell for his involvement in a scheme to steal secret audit inspection information from the PCAOB. But if Britt, former co-leader of KPMG’s Banking and Capital Markets […]

RSM Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part II

Back in the spring, right around the time the country was going to hell in a handbasket due to the Rona, Deborah Gordon had been wooed by RSM US to leave her job as leader of KPMG’s Federal Excise Tax practice to lead the Excise Tax practice at Really Still McGladrey. About four months later, […]

Uh-Oh, This Isn’t Looking Good for KPMG U.K.

From Reuters today: Britain’s accounting regulator said it has delivered its initial report into KPMG’s audit of builder Carillion, an indication that apparent rule breaches have been found. The construction company’s collapse in 2018 angered lawmakers who called on the Competition and Markets Authority to consider breaking up top accountants to increase competition and auditing […]

KPMG and Fidal Won’t Be Going to Court In France Over Lawyer Poaching

Remember back in February 2019 when about 130 lawyers fled France’s largest law firm, Fidal, to go work at KPMG France’s new legal practice, KPMG Avocats, and Fidal managing partner Yves de Sevin was pissed and said the firm was going to sue the pants off of KPMG for “unfair competition?” Well, we have an […]

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Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG Executive Assistants Were Given an Ultimatum This Week

We saw this being discussed on the chatter sites earlier this week, but because our website has been hot garbage (as I’m sure many of you noticed) off and on since last Sunday, we couldn’t post anything. However, now that GC is back online and we’ve gotten tips from two sources at KPMG within the […]

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KPMG Is #1 In Having the Poorest Audit Quality Among the Big 4 In the U.K.

Last but not least, we conclude our review of the Big 4 firms’ 2019-20 audit quality inspection reports from the U.K.’s Financial Reporting Council with the Shemp Howard of the group—KPMG. KPMG made headlines (not in a good way, natch) in June 2018 when the FRC said the firm’s five-year decline in audit quality was […]

Comp Watch ’20: Here’s What We Know About Raises This Year at KPMG (UPDATE)

[Updated on July 31 with additional information.] And we don’t know much at this point. We’ve seen and been told different things about what was said during a webcast on Thursday morning regarding raises at KPMG. But the one thing we do know is that KPMG is following in line with what the other Big […]

How Much Do You Think a KPMG T-Shirt Costs at Goodwill These Days?

A Goodwill in Lewisville, TX, is selling the KPMG T-shirt below for a whopping … $3.05. Seems a little pricey to me for KPMGwear, even for a thrift store. But if it was a buck and XL or XXL, I’d consider plopping down four quarters for it. I’d rather pay $3 dollars for a fancy-looking […]

Mazars Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Parts II and III

Those swashbucklers at Mazars are at it again, this time raiding KPMG U.K. for new partners in tax and transaction services in Manchester, England. According to media releases seen by Consultancy.uk, Steven Abbott recently joined Mazars after spending his entire 23-year career at the HofK in Manchester, where he progressed up the ranks from corporate […]

Pay Cut Watch ’20: KPMG New Zealand Ends Employees’ ‘Salary Sacrifice’ Early

Kiwi Klynveldians recently got some good news: Accounting firm KPMG has ended its Covid-19 salary sacrifice two months early, citing a better workflow than expected. In April, BusinessDesk revealed KPMG had asked staff to take a 15 per cent pay cut, calling it a “salary sacrifice”, because it didn’t qualify for the government wage subsidy. […]

Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG U.K. Is Cutting About 100 People Loose In Consulting

Sky News reported some unfortunate news today, as the Queen’s KPMG has reportedly told about 200 employees, including nearly a hundred in consulting, that their services are no longer needed: Sky News has learnt that the big four accountancy firm has decided to axe just under 200 jobs across its UK workforce, the latest sign […]

EY Poaches Someone From KPMG and (Not Yet) Issues a Press Release, Part II

In the About section of his LinkedIn profile, Charlie Simpson simply put down, “Delighted to have joined EY Parthenon to help grow our Advanced Mobility and Manufacturing business across Europe and globally.” It’s Simpson’s move to EY-P, the strategic consultancy located in the boiler room of the EY Global Battleship, that is the focus of today’s […]

KPMG Employees Won’t Be Returning to the Office Anytime Soon

By the time KPMGers in the U.S. are finally allowed to leave their home offices to get reacquainted with their cubicles, fashion rules stipulate they won’t be able to wear white to work. The new KPMG leadership team sent a message to employees on July 13 that maybe they’ll be able to return to their […]

Promotion Watch ’20: Let’s Give a Thumbs Up to KPMG’s New Tax and Audit Bosses

Lynne Doughtie’s five-year reign as chairman and CEO of KPMG US came to an end on June 30, and her successor, Paul Knopp, wasted no time today appointing some KPMGers to extra special positions within the firm. KPMG today announced the leaders of the U.S. firm’s Audit, Tax and Advisory businesses, as well as the […]

By the Numbers: $2.06 Billion

That’s how much General Electric paid its longtime external auditor KPMG in fees from 2000 to 2019, according to an analysis of GE’s proxy filings for each of the past 20 years. GE dumped KPMG on June 22, ending an 111-year relationship. Deloitte will be GE’s new external auditor beginning in 2021. Here’s a breakdown of […]

EY Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

We’re going back to the U.K. for today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” where private equity specialist Jo Taylor is moving up from No. 4 to No. 3 in the Big 4 rankings. From a press release seen by the website TheBusinessDesk.com: EY’s transaction tax team in Manchester continues to […]

Layoff Watch ’20: About 40 People In KPMG’s Marketing Department Got Some Bad News to Start the Week

In addition to the 350 or so people who we were told lost their jobs in the KPMG Digital Nexus group on Monday, we learned from a source that at least 40 people in KPMG’s marketing department were also laid off that day. A KPMG spokesperson confirmed Monday’s marketing layoffs this morning but couldn’t comment […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Some KPMG IT Folks Were Told Their Services Are No Longer Needed

[Updated on June 23 with additional information.] Another person who will be leaving KPMG involuntarily told us on Tuesday evening that Monday’s layoffs affected more than 350 people in the Digital Nexus group. Fourteen people had over 25 years, I personally have been here for 19. The 350 number came from my manager and several […]

Auditor Swap: General Electric and KPMG Officially Call It Quits

A love affair that spanned more than 110 years is coming to an end. General Electric announced today that it and KPMG are going their separate ways after this year. And GE’s new external auditing paramour is Deloitte. Here’s the statement GE released on Monday morning: GE (NYSE:GE) announced today that, following a thorough and […]

Happy 50th Birthday to Walking KPMG Billboard, Phil Mickelson!

Everyone’s favorite blue-KPMG-hat-wearing, non-U.S.-Open-winning, left-handed duffer is turning the big 5-0 today. And the honorary Klynveldian was appreciative of the birthday wishes from the Mothership. Thank you @KPMG for the many years of support. I’m 50, time has flown by and I’ve loved every second of it! https://t.co/WMV8XYSRmO — Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) June 16, 2020 […]

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At Least KPMG Won’t Have the Worst 2018 PCAOB Inspection Report

We’ve finally reached the end of the six-pack of 2018 inspection reports released by the PCAOB on June 1. And we saved our favorite four-letter Big 4 firm for last. Among the Big 4, KPMG’s inspection reports have been the most abysmal. Since 2010, Deloitte, PwC, and EY have not had an audit deficiency rate […]

KPMG Poaches Two More People From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part VI

It’s pretty crazy that there have been so many new KPMG hires from around the globe lately who have come from PwC, because it wasn’t that long ago when KPMG was pretty much a playground for future PwCers. Big 4-on-Big 4 poaching is fun! Especially when it involves these two firms. So let’s head over to […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part V

Everyone’s favorite golf company just hired away a turnaround specialist from one of its biggest rivals in the U.K. Let’s take a trip to London for our latest edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” where we learn a little more about PwCer-turned-KPMGer Massimiliano Messina: Professional services firm KPMG has announced the […]

KPMG Pay Cuts Are Probably Not Going to Be Well-Received Outside of Australia

Not that long ago, I stuck a link to this story in a Friday Footnotes but just in case you missed it, let’s catch you up on the situation in my boy Roadhog’s esteemed home country. Back in late April, KPMG Australia used peer pressure relied on the strength of its team mentality to ease […]

Having a Lakehouse Makes KPMG the Most Diverse of the Big 4, According to Weird Ranking

For the third year in a row, KPMG was the only Big 4 representative on DiversityInc’s ranking of the top 50 companies for diversity, coming in at No. 12 in 2020. Congrats to KPMG. But one of the reasons why the Radio Station is the most diversitiest of the Big 4 firms left me scratching […]

PwC and KPMG Have the FRC Breathing Down Their Necks

The U.K.’s audit cops are curious as to why Eddie Stobart Logistics’ 2018 profits were overstated by £2 million, which resulted in shares of the company being suspended last August, a delay in publishing its 2019 interim results, and Eddie Stobart nearly going out of business. So the Financial Reporting Council is now breathing down […]

Three Former KPMG Partners Charged by SEC For Being Dirty, Dirty Cheaters

Just when KPMG thought maybe everyone had forgotten about that whole cheating scandal debacle, the SEC announced Monday it settled charges with three more dirty cheaters who once called the firm home. The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against three former KPMG LLP audit partners for improperly sharing answers to internal training exams […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part IV

In our latest installment of “Competitive Poaching From Around the World,” we travel to Scotland for some Big 4-on-Big 4 action. And it involves our favorite poaching rivalry: PwC vs. KPMG. This time KPMG of the Scottish variety did a little shopping at PwC. While not a press release, here’s an excerpt from a post […]