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RIP Jack Ryan, Senior Digital Marketing Manager at PwC U.K.

Really sad news from the U.K., where a PwC marketing manager was struck by a car and killed while jogging last week at a notoriously dangerous spot for pedestrians in Chelsea. Birmingham Mail reported: Jack Ryan was struck by an oncoming Range Rover on Wednesday, January 13 at around 6pm close to Battersea Bridge in […]

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 […]

There Will Soon Be a Botham Jean Boulevard In Dallas Named After Slain PwC Accountant

Kudos to all 15 members of the Dallas City Council for ultimately agreeing to honor murdered PwC accountant Botham Jean in this way. The Dallas Morning News reported on Jan. 13: The Dallas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved renaming about four miles of South Lamar Street in memory of Botham Jean. He was shot to […]

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 […]

Political Contributions Watch: Big 4 Suspends Donations to Lawmakers Who Voted Against Certifying Election Results

Here is how the Big 4 firms are responding to last week’s riot on the U.S. Capitol and Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying the presidential election: Deloitte Capitol siege reaction: Here is a letter to staff signed by CEO Joe Ucuzoglu and Board Chairman Janet Foutty: Colleagues, We wanted to share some brief thoughts […]

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 […]

This EY Manager’s Expectations of Staff Are Slightly Unreasonable And By Slightly We Mean Holy F*ck Dude

It’s Friday, which means at least one of your colleagues will probably have some last-minute issue exactly at 4 p.m. (or whatever your 4 p.m. would be if you worked normal hours like most employed human beings) that absolutely must be resolved before you can call it a day. Or perhaps you have a manager […]

PwC Traps Employees For Financial Penalties

PwC just fined me 3% of my annual pay for not reporting a few stocks that my spouse bought prior to the time when I joined the firm. Note this is not a conflict of interest issue or insider trading issue because the stocks my spouse owned had no connection with PwC’s client. When I […]

It Seems PwC Issues Reports On Just About Everything, Including Babies

The Telegraph reported the following from PwC’s Lamaze practice (probably): Britain faces a baby bust this year as Covid and lockdown wreck the plans of millions of would-be parents. The birth rate could fall to its lowest level on record as chaos from the pandemic forces couples to delay starting a family and lockdown measures […]

Promotion Watch ’20: Deloitte Australia Adds 43 to Partnership

That’s right, 26 men and 17 women now have a seat at the big kids table at Deloitte Australia. The lucky Green Dotters are: Andrea Abusah, Consulting Tom Alstein, Consulting Heidi Armin-Grimm, Tax & Legal Michael Barone, Tax & Legal Luke Bates, Financial Advisory Nick Bright, Financial Advisory Nicholas Brischetto, Risk Advisory Susan Brown, Consulting Brandon […]

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 […]

2020: The Year of a Thousand Cuts

When the largest public accounting firms in the U.S. had their employees move their battlestations from the office to home in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, we had no idea what was going to happen next. But some accountants who worked at the Big 4 and the top midtier firms during the financial crisis […]

Number of the Day: $157 Billion

The year of our COVID Lord 2020 proved to be the biggest challenge the Big 4 firms have faced since the financial crisis, as the pandemic wreaked havoc on global revenue forecasts that looked so promising at the start of each firm’s fiscal year. Deloitte, PwC, EY, and KPMG had combined global revenue of approximately […]

You Know It’s a Slow Time of Year When Life at Deloitte Is Tweeting Out Recipes

Now your home can smell all greasy like the Deloitte University cafeteria all year long. Many of you asked for it and here it is – the recipe for #DeloitteU’s hash brown cheese casserole! This simple dish is sure to make your holiday mornings special. We’re wishing you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous […]

Hiring Watch ’21: EY India Is On the Hunt For Thousands of Techies

Press Trust of India reported on Dec. 24 that EY is going on a hiring spree in India next year: Global professional services organisation EY on Thursday announced that it would be inducting in 2021 about 9,000 new hires in India. These will be in various technology roles across all member firms including the global […]

PwCers Got a Holiday Concert, What’d You Get?

It’s about that time to start comparing what paltry branded goods everyone is swapping in the name of Christmas (or Hanukkah or winter solstice or whatever it is you choose to celebrate in this, the last mile of the year), a favorite pastime of accountants everywhere. We’re hearing PwCers were treated to a “concert” (via […]

Don’t Worry Everyone, Deloitte Says Everything Is Fine After SolarWinds Hack

From the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 21: Deloitte, infected in late June according to the Journal’s analysis, said in a statement it “has taken steps to address” the malware but hasn’t “observed indications of unauthorized access to our systems at this time.” Along with Deloitte, a WSJ analysis revealed that the suspected Russian hackers […]

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 […]

Boo-hoo: A Certain U.K. Online Fashion Retailer Might Have a Hard Time Finding a New Auditor (UPDATE)

[Updated on Dec. 21 with additional information.] Something called PKF Littlejohn will replace PwC as auditor of scandal-ridden U.K. online fashion retailer Boohoo. The Guardian reported earlier today: The online fashion retailer Boohoo has hired a new auditor after the resignation of the “big four” accountancy firm PwC amid accusations that workers’ health and rights had […]

Drunken PwCer Who Groped a Woman On a Plane Will Live to Reconcile Another Day

Many years ago, someone who definitely isn’t me had the bright idea to eat half a pot cookie on her way to the airport before a red-eye flight from San Francisco to New York. After all, late-night flights are rarely delayed, right? What’s the worst that could happen? Well, in her case the worst that […]

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 […]

Compensation Watch ’20: EY Employees Don’t Get Screwed For Once

Yesterday, my esteemed colleague Bramwell regaled you with tales of boring lines at Starbucks along with the latest buzz on bonuses at EY Canada, while also insinuating that EY U.S. had already given its people a substantial gift when they announced unlimited PTO in October. That last bit is obviously a joke, perhaps not too […]

Bonus Watch ’20: Oh Right, Deloitte U.S. Employees Got a Bonus Before the Holidays Too

Yesterday we posted a short article about the holiday bonuses that were recently bestowed on employees of EY U.S. EY Canada, which was either $750 or $1,500 depending on rank. (Although EY U.S. employees found out earlier today they are getting mid-year raises. More on that here.) Our lone commenter thus far on the EY […]

TIL: There Are a Slew of Chinese Communist Party Members Who Work At the Queen’s Big 4

“This is a bizarre and scandalous state of affairs. Putting aside any espionage risk, which is clearly highly serious in itself, surely there are significant questions to be answered about client confidentially. If I was a client of these firms, would I really want my sensitive business information being discussed by people with links to […]

Layoff Watch ’20: What In the World Is Happening at Deloitte Canada? (NEW UPDATE)

[Updated on Dec. 14 with additional information.] Heard through the grapevine recently that a third round of job cuts happened at Deloitte Canada in October. A source told us: They did it on a rolling basis in the entire month across service lines. They probably did this in advance of the new hires starting in […]

Bonus Watch ’20: EY Canada Made It Rain Christmas Bonuses

On Saturday while I was waiting in line at Starbucks, I was scrolling Reddit and saw a couple posts on r/Big4 about EY of the Canadian variety handing out Christmas bonuses to senior managers on down. According to one post, here’s what everybody got: $1,500 for managers and senior managers $750 for staff and seniors […]

No Foolin’, EY Extends Work From Home to At Least April 2021

Last we checked in on the ongoing work-from-home situation at EY in August, EY Americas vice chair of risk management Jay Persaud told his firm’s beloved army of waffles and pancakes they should expect to stay home until at least January 2021. Not to scare anyone but January 2021 is 21 days from now. It […]

Compensation Watch ’20: PwC Making Mid-Year Salary Adjustments For Everyone

Christmas came early for those donning the orange, red, and yellow, as PwC employees were told the following today during a firmwide webcast, according to a tipster (bold emphasis added): PwC avoided layoffs by freezing pay, paid (smaller than target but still substantial) bonuses in the fall, now increasing base pay for nearly all staff […]

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 […]

Deloitte U.S. Delivery Center Employees Should Get the Same Parental Leave Perks As Everyone Else

I am an employee of the Deloitte U.S. firm. I am part of the consulting practice through their U.S. Delivery Center (USDC) model. We work closely with core consultants for Deloitte, often on the same project teams operating at the same level. USDC practitioners have travel capped at 20-30% and our three offices are located […]

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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, […]

The Big 4, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Is it Just Corporate BS?

I am a Big 4 alum and I spent many years in the audit profession before I transitioned to academia. I teach accounting in the Southeast at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), which means that at least 25% of the students are Hispanic. I am also Hispanic. I grew up at Deloitte, the same as Joe […]

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 […]

Which Big 4 Firm Was the Biggest Loser In the Third Auditor Shuffle of 2020?

Now that Accounting Today has published the most recent data from Audit Analytics on who won and who lost the game of auditor musical chairs in the third quarter, let’s take a look at which firm(s) resigned or were fired the most by clients and who the beneficiaries were. All in all there were 33 […]

Shabooya! PwC Makes the Front Page of Reddit But Not In a Good Way

It’s always funny to me as a person who has spent the majority of my adult life lingering around the periphery of the accounting profession when, in the course of my day outside of work, I randomly come across accounting-related material. It’s like seeing little kids at the zoo reacting to seeing a giraffe for […]

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 […]

Deloitte Consultants Are Wannabe Nerds Who Aren’t Sexy, Says Woman

“Hot and nice nerds have always been sexy, this does not elevate Deloitte consultants who think they’re nerds because they studied poly sci at Upenn.” — Katrina Schmidt, a resident of Washington, DC, when asked her thoughts on MSNBC political analyst and election night “map guy” Steve Kornacki being named one of People’s Sexiest Men […]

Life at PwC Is All About Bewo Werk Llwe Ll

Leave it to PwC to deliver its “Be Well, Work Well” message in a weird and confusing way. Their futures are so bright, they gotta wear shades, I guess. Or it’s to hide the enormous bags under their eyes from the lack of sleep they get because of all the hours they work at PwC, […]

Number of the Day: 8

That’s the number of companies in the S&P 500 that have used the same Big 4 firm to audit their financial statements for at least the past 100 years, according to a recent Bloomberg analysis. We won’t steal Bloomberg’s thunder by listing those eight cozy relationships. If you want to see who has been in […]

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 […]

Deloitte Australia Secures Bragging Rights As ‘First Big 4 Firm Not to Totally F*ck Staff Cuz Rona or Something’

In a Wednesday message to staff, Deloitte Australia CEO Richard Deutsch shared the good news that although the firm had instituted pay cuts earlier in the year when no one really knew how bad things might get, they’re pulling a Mike Ehrmantraut and making their guys (and gals) whole. Financial Review reports: Big four consulting […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Ex-PwC Director vs. PwC, Billionaire vs. Deloitte, Floridians vs. Deloitte

On the docket: age and gender discrimination, tax break gone bad, and the latest on the Deloitte drama in Florida. Axed PwC Director Alleges Age, Gender Bias [Law360] Another week, another age and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against a Big 4 firm. And once again PwC is named as the defendant: A former PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP […]

RSM Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Welp, after 19 years of monotony working at Deloitte, Ryan Haggerty will now be doing the same ol’ tedious stuff at the Philly office of RSM US. We’re just kidding, Ryan. You’re probably having much more fun being on Zoom calls for RSM than for Deloitte: RSM US LLP has further strengthened its health care […]

Deloitte Rules the Windy City Once Again

There are a few things those of us who live in and around Chicago can count on every single year: bad Chicago Bears quarterbacks, the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, a new lineup of Goose Island Bourbon County stouts on Black Friday, and Deloitte being Chicago’s largest accounting firm. The Green Dot […]

EY Threw Its Disgruntled Employees a Bone

It’s been well over a month now since EY announced it was moving away from its accrual-based vacation policy and going unlimited PTO, to the dismay of nearly all of the firm’s “entitled” employees. And EYers are still making their displeasure with the move known via memes and posts on the usual chatter sites and […]

Another Tragedy Strikes PwC In Dallas

The NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth reported yesterday that no arrests have been made in the September hit-and-run that killed 25-year-old Andrew Jordan Santiago, a senior associate at PwC in Dallas. KXAS-TV reported: Santiago was walking home at around 11:08 p.m. after he watched the Dallas Stars play in the Stanley Cup Final on Sept. […]

EY Shouldn’t Be Awarded Any New U.K. Government Contracts For Three Years Because EY Is Bad, Says Some Group

“Banning [EY] for three years from UK public contracts would send an incredibly powerful message that the government will not give public contracts to companies that engage in misconduct … and do not get their house in order.” — Spotlight on Corruption, an anti-corruption campaign group based in the U.K., wrote in a recent letter […]

New PwC Tower In Italy Is Probably the Most Phallic-Looking Big 4 HQ In the World

The newly completed headquarters for PwC Italy sure is generating a lot of buzz within the architecture industry. Designed by American-Polish architect Daniel Libeskind, the new PwC Tower in Milan, called “The Curved One” because of its unique shape, is located on the old site of Milan’s International Fair, which closed in 2005. The 574-foot-tall […]

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One EY Employee Is Getting Antsy About the Prospect of More Layoffs Next Year

With the stench of the performance-based separations layoffs from a couple months ago still lingering in the air at EY, one person who survived the wide-ranging job cuts told us recently that (s)he is already worried about a similar situation happening across the firm in 2021. Here’s what this EYer said: A few weeks ago, […]

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 […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Ex-Deloitte Switzerland Partner vs. Deloitte, NMC Health’s Administrators vs. EY, Floridians vs. Deloitte Consulting

On the docket: former Deloitte Switzerland partner takes the L … again, EY sued over its lack of auditing prowess, and Deloitte Consulting is a lawsuit magnet. Ex-Deloitte Swiss Partner Loses Appeal Of Forced Retirement [Law360] David Joseph took another L in court on Nov. 5 as a London appeals court ruled that the former […]

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 […]

The Financial Reporting Council Felt the Need to Give Deloitte U.K. a Fine For Bad Audit Quality Control

Did you know there is a giant wheel with the names of the six largest accounting firms in Britain—PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, BDO, and Grant Thornton—in a hidden room at the Financial Reporting Council’s office? When the mood strikes them, FRC employees will gather round the big wheel and place bets as the wheel is […]

Deloitte Will Owe a Group of Female Workers In Tennessee $275,000 to Get the DOL Off Its Back

Deloitte has spent a lot of time lately fending off legal claims from former employees. But today, Big D threw in the towel and settled claims of wage discrimination at a Deloitte Services office in the Nashville area by agreeing to pay $275,000 in back wages and interest to 34 female employees. According to the […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Ex-Deloitte Manager vs. Deloitte, Ex-Deloitte Switzerland Partner vs. Deloitte, Ex-PwC Employees vs. PwC

On the docket: accusations of pregnancy discrimination and unfair termination, as well as an update on PwC ERISA class-action lawsuit. Deloitte Looks To KO Class Claims In Maternity Leave Suit [Law360] Back in early September, Saxon Knight, a former solutions manager at Deloitte, filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleging the firm […]

Moss Adams Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Parts I and II

Moss Adams went to the EY well to get two of its newest partners: Jeremy Kuhlmann and Syed Rizvi. Kuhlmann recently joined MA’s life sciences practice in Seattle: He has practiced public accounting since 2004, primarily serving life science, technology and advanced manufacturing companies. Kuhlmann has extensive experience with complex accounting and financial reporting matters, […]

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 […]

This Collection of Big 4 Jack-o’-Lanterns Will Probably Be the Lamest Thing You’ll See on Halloween

We hope all of you spreadsheet zombies have a great Halloween. PwC Photo courtesy of The Bean Counter. Deloitte Photo courtesy of Fishbowl. KPMG EY Photo courtesy of Sandra Thompson-Drew (@SandraWThompson). And here are a couple of RSM jack-o’-lanterns just for the hell of it: Happy Halloween!

BDO Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Parts III and IV

BDO of the Australian variety recently snagged a couple of partners from the Green Dot. First, former BDO audit partner John Bresolin got his old job back following a two-year stint as a partner at Deloitte in Sydney. BDO Sydney Managing Partner Grant Saxon said Bresolin started his career with BDO as a cadet in […]

Life at Deloitte Is Obviously Sick of DoorDash and Pining For DU Cafeteria Food

Damn you, ’Rona! One of the things our people remember about the #DeloitteU experience is the amazing food. What’s your favorite food at DU? pic.twitter.com/4nrfkryuC6 — Life at Deloitte (@lifeatdeloitte) October 27, 2020 Related article: Brisket, Blueberries Some of the Best Fare at Deloitte University: Sources

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

EY U.K. is so excited about its recent hire of a former PwC partner that someone in communications actually sent us this message earlier today: I absolutely loved the first two parts of your ‘EY Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release,’ To complete the trilogy, I wondered if you’d be interested in […]

Which Firm Had the Most IPO Audit Clients In Q3 2020?

There was an explosion of initial public offerings in the U.S. in the third quarter, with 165 companies going public between July 1 and Sept. 30, raising more than $61.5 billion—by far the most active quarter in 2020 and the most active Q3 in the past five years, according to our friends at Audit Analytics. […]

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 […]

Promotion Watch ’20: Deloitte Adds 195 New Managing Directors

Let’s pass out the cupcakes and green Kool-Aid, and celebrate Deloitte’s new class of managing directors for FY 2021: Bhawna Agarwal, Tax, Deloitte Tax LLP, Jersey City Jon Allred, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Salt Lake City Aaron B. Bairani, Tax, Deloitte Tax LLP, Chicago Melissa Balmer, General Counsel, Deloitte LLP, Stamford Megan […]

Florida Gives Deloitte Consulting a Happy Ending

The saga between Florida and Deloitte Consulting—a relationship bizarre enough to be reported by TMZ or covered by Perez Hilton—keeps on keeping on, as the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration is going ahead with Big D on a potential $135 million contract to overhaul Florida’s Medicaid data system, according to the Tampa Bay Times. […]

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 […]

Sigur Rós Isn’t a Huge Fan of PwC or Paying Taxes

“We are musicians, we hired the people who we thought were the best in the world. And he failed us.” — Georg Holm, bassist for the legendary Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, said about the band’s accountant Gunnar Ásgeirsson, who worked at PwC. I’ve got a few Sigur Rós albums on CDs that I burned […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Karen Ward vs. EY, Choppies vs. PwC, Floridians vs. Deloitte Consulting

EY, Female Ex-Principal End Lawsuit Over Bias Arbitration Costs [Bloomberg Law] Have we mentioned before how much Big 4 firms love it when claims against them by former employees go to arbitration? EY and a female former principal allegedly subjected to sexual harassment, retaliation, and other sex discrimination throughout her time with the firm agreed […]

Layoff Watch ’20: EY Ireland Is Letting Go of 36 Non-Client-Facing Staffers

Let’s see, since the start of the pandemic, EY has done performance-based separations layoffs in Canada, Israel, Mexico, and, of course, the U.S. Now we can add Ireland to the list. This just hit our tipline: Not as impressive as the few hundred pink slips being given out across the US, but it was announced […]

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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, […]

Number of the Day: 1,114

That’s how many consultants Deloitte UK has deployed to work on a coronavirus contact tracing project for the UK government. Some other notable numbers: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has engaged the services of other consultants from McKinsey, BCG, PWC, KPMG and EY as well however the number of consultants from all […]

Talent Crunch: There Are Far More CPAs in Korea Than Big 4 Firms Have Jobs

While we here in the good ole U.S. of A. are constantly talking about the “talent shortage” and industry concerns that not enough new accounting grads are taking the traditional CPA path, South Korea has a different problem: too many CPAs, not enough jobs. According to a report in The Korea Times, the Big 4 […]

EY Changes Its Vacation Policy, Oh and BTW They’re Not Paying Out Accrued PTO If You “Leave”

In a nationwide email to staff today, EY announced that they’re tweaking their vacation policy. Although it’s framed as a switch to “flexible” time-off, the biggest change is that — excluding states in which this practice is illegal — the firm will not be paying out accrued PTO to individuals who leave or are fired […]

Let’s All Shed a Tear For Deloitte Partners In the U.K.

Sadly, Deloitte partners are probably going to have to put off buying that new McLaren 720S or Mercedes-Benz S-Class until next year. The Times reported today: Partners at Deloitte are in line for a 17 per cent pay cut after revenue growth slowed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 709 equity partners of Deloitte’s British arm […]

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 […]

Here’s the Latest on Tina Frost, the EY Accountant Shot During the 2017 Las Vegas Massacre

Tina Frost (right) pictured with her mother, Mary Watson Moreland. As we approach the third anniversary of the awful mass shooting in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Harvest Festival outdoor country music concert, the family of Tina Frost provided an update a few weeks ago on her recovery. Frost, an accountant with EY in […]

Wirecard Drama of the Day: EY … Y U No Listen to Whistleblower?

A new Financial Times report once again makes EY look completely incompetent as the auditors of the ill-fated German payments company Wirecard: EY was warned in 2016 by one of its own employees that senior managers at Wirecard may have committed fraud and one had attempted to bribe an auditor. The revelation that an EY […]

How Are Big 4 Firms Stacking Up on Work-From-Home Benefits?

Unless you were one of the few who had the foresight to deck out your crib in multiple monitors just before SHTF this past spring, you’ve probably needed to improve your WFH set up just a bit in the months since. And because a large portion of this website’s entire purpose is serving as Steve […]

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 […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Ex-PwC Partner vs. PwC, Deloitte Partner vs. Deloitte Australia, EnviroNet vs. EY

Plus, two Deloitte partners implicated in U.K. insolvency lawsuit, and KPMG gets out of $1.1 billion suit in Oceanografia scandal. A former PwC partner who sued the firm for $15 million just had a major setback in his case, pushing the pay spat behind closed doors [Business Insider] Big 4 firms salivate when a lawsuit […]

Rumor of the Day: A Big 4 Firm Picked Up an Out-of-This-World Audit Client

From the tipline yesterday: EY just won the NASA audit. Well that’s a pretty nice get for the Black and Yellow. Our source didn’t have much more info to share other than (s)he found out during a Government and Public Sector call on Wednesday and that EY prevailed in the competitive bidding process. So which […]

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Layoff Watch ’20: Apparently It’s Doomsday for Some at EY (UPDATE)

[Updated on Sept. 23 with additional information.] EY management stuck to their narrative today that the recent layoffs at the firm aren’t layoffs but performance-based separations that were justified, even though many of those who have contacted us after losing their jobs said they weren’t on any type of performance improvement plan. First, before EY […]

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, […]

Wirecard Drama of the Day: EY Is Bleeding Audit Clients In Germany

Earlier this month, Commerzbank, Germany’s second-largest lender, and DWS Group, Deutsche Bank’s asset-management arm, both decided against using EY Germany as their auditor because they were freaked out by how bad this Wirecard accounting scandal has become. This was followed by EY Global Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio sending a letter to clients, expressing […]

EY Employees Don’t Have to Work with Pants On Until January 2021 at the Earliest

We meant to post this a few weeks ago, but with the layoffs, angry letters about the layoffs, FY 2020 global revenues, and new partner promotions at EY taking up a lot of our time of late, this got put on the back burner. Thanks to a source, here is the return-to-the-office update from Jay […]

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 […]

Deloitte Consulting Is Irresponsible, Lacks Integrity, and Is Unreliable, Says Accenture

“[The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration] ignored information that, by its nature, would be expected to have a strong bearing on whether the intended awardee is ‘responsible,’ that is, whether it has the capability in all respects to fully perform the contract requirements and the integrity and reliability that will assure good faith performance.” […]

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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 […]

Congrats to Deloitte U.K. for Getting the Largest Fine Ever Handed Out by the Financial Reporting Council

PwC is no longer the answer to the trivia question: “Which Big 4 firm in the U.K. received the largest fine from the Financial Reporting Council?” That distinction now belongs to Deloitte. The Queen’s Deloitte was fined £15 million by the U.K.’s audit cops, as well as ordered to pay an additional £5.6 million to […]

Layoff Watch ’20: EY Canada Job Cuts Are Underway (UPDATE)

[Updated on Sept. 15 with additional information.] While EY in the U.S. is continuing to tell people in its tax, risk, and assurance practices that their services are no longer needed, we’ve been told that a second round of layoffs has begun in Canada, particularly in Ontario. A source said: Another round of firings has […]

Deloitte’s 3.9% Increase In FY 2020 Global Revenue Is the Smallest Growth In About 5 Years

After perusing Deloitte’s FY 2020 global revenue announcement and impact report today, I thought I’d highlight some of the good news and some of the bad news over the past 12 months for D-towners everywhere. First, the good: For the fifth consecutive year, Deloitte has won the Big 4 revenue dick-measuring contest by reporting $47.6 […]