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Dallas Firm Belew Averitt Joins BDO Seidman

Twenty-four-year-old Belew Averitt LLP, a Dallas, Texas CPA firm, has merged its practice with BDO Seidman. Belew Averitt was a member of Horwath International."In twenty-five years of practice, it is not often you find a firm with which you share such a uniquely compatible practice philosophy," said Jim Belew, formerly Managing Partner of Belew Averitt.
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HP bid to buy PwC Lowered

According to recent reports, Hewlett-Packard has lowered its bid to buy PricewaterhouseCoopers because the firm isn't worth as much as previously thought.The difference is about $3 billion. Several months ago when talks first began to buy PwC, HP was willing to pay as much as $18 billion because that's how much the firm was valued at given its stock and cash.
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Elton John has his day in Court with PwC

It's Goodbye Yellowbrick Road and Hello High Court in London, where Sir Elton John is suing both PricewaterhouseCoopers and a former business manager for negligence in managing his money several years ago.Apparently, there is 20 million pounds missing that can be traced to a man named Andrew Haydon, the former managing director of John Reid Enterprises (JREL).
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Andersen Consulting to Become Accenture in New Year

Effective January 1, 2001, Andersen Consulting will go by the new name of Accenture, the firm announced on Thursday. The change in name was forced on the firm by the divorce arrangements brokered in August by the International Chambers of Commerce.
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Spotlight on Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.

AccountingWeb ProfileClark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.: An Accounting Firm That Sweats the Small StuffThe staff in most of the larger accounting and consulting firms would readily admit—off the record, most likely—that their firm is too bogged down in increasing the bottom line to factor in the care and feeding of its employees as an integral part of the firm.
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Andersen & CollegeNet Expand to UK

Arthur Andersen, LLP and Atlanta-based CollegeNet are crossing the Atlantic to deliver online learning throughout the United Kingdom.The courses are targeted at the U.K.'s small business community, with a philosophy that this size business wants to take parts of courses in shorter segments rather than spend the time and money on an entire course.
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Grant Thornton to Sell E-Business Consulting Practice

Grant Thornton LLP, the leading U.S. accounting tax and management consulting firm serving middle-market, entrepreneurial companies, has agreed to sell its 450-person e-Business consulting practice to Hitachi Ltd. for approximately $175 million.Grant Thornton had announced plans last February to sell its e-Business Consulting Group. The consultancy group, headquartered in Dallas, enjoys annual revenue of about $90 million and has 15 U.S.
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Number of Women in Partner Positions Almost Doubles

According to a survey by the CPA Personnel Report, 11.7 percent of the partners at the top 25 firms in the United States are women.Overall, this is a relatively small percentage. However, progress for women continues to be made. Four years ago, that number was only 6.7 percent.
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Bank of America Expands in Western U.S.

'Invest in the West' is the new motto of Bank of America, which is making efforts to expand its operations in the Western United States.In fact, the bank is doubling its private banking operations in California, and will open 10 new offices up and down the state by the end of the year. Previously, the bank had only nine offices in California.Why? The percentage of wealthy customers who live in the state is overwhelming, especially in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, according to banking officials.
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Amazon Chooses Underdog for Credit Card Program

We all knew this was bound to happen sooner or later ... Amazon.com is getting into the credit card business with their own version of a branded affinity card.They have selected NextCard to handle the business.
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Andersen to Construct Times Square Skyscraper

Amidst the hustle and bustle of a renewed New York City Times Square, Arthur Andersen, LLP has announced it will build a new office tower on Broadway, between 41st and 42nd Streets.Perhaps, though, the real news is that the tower competes directly with rival Ernst & Young, already under construction one block over at Seventh Ave. and 42nd Street.The deal for the new Andersen tower has yet to be finalized.
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Big Five Prominent on Forbes Annual List

Leading the pack on the Forbes Magazine annual list of the 500 largest private companies in terms of revenue is Cargill, followed by Koch Industries.
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Andersen Consulting Looks at $20 Billion IPO

Ever since Andersen Consuling split from Arthur Andersen, rumors have circulated about how the consulting firm would proceed with financing for the long term.Late last week, the 2,500 partners met in Miami, and agreed to study the possibility of an IPO, or Initial Public Offering, of stock that, if sold, could value the firm at more than $20 billion.The vast consolidation taking place within the accounting profession is good news for Andersen Consulting, who compete against other consulting arms that have, or wil
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SEC Launches Investigation into PwC Independence

A Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into the independence of Pricewaterhouse accountants working at communications firm Pinnacle Holdings has been made formal.The move follows an 'informal' investigation launched in August, and has been greeted with muted annoyance by the communication site provider.Pinnacle told the press that the firm "has become unfairly embroiled in the policy and political debate over these issues and that, as a result,
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Subsidiary of Business 2.0 Parent Overstated Sales

Business 2.0, a popular San Francisco-based magazine and technology think tank that has been successful in predicting the next wave to hit the New Economy, may have suffered more than just a temporary setback thanks to a subsidiary of its parent company, The Future Network Plc.Future Network is based in Great Britain, but a subsidiary called Future France SA is the cause of the problem.
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KPMG-UK Graduate Recruitment goes 100% Online

Big Five firm KPMG has moved its U.K. graduate recruitment process completely online.The website, kpmgcareers.co.uk, is expected to cut administration in half and quadruple the speed of the recruitment process.KPMG-UK receives 8,000 applications a year for the 650 places on its graduate program. Now, users in Great Britain can complete a screen-based application within an hour, and expect feedback on the progress of the application within 24 hours.
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Denver Economics Spurred by DT Impact Survey

Every other year, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts engages Deloitte & Touche to conduct a survey regarding the economic impact the arts organizations of Denver have on the local economy.After this year's survey was completed, officials were amazed at the results.
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AICPA Response to SEC Proposed Guidelines

In an article this month in the Journal of Accountancy, AICPA President Barry Melancon discusses the possible repercussions throughout the entire accounting profession should the SEC's proposed guidelines to limit the scope of services provided by auditors be adopted.The AICPA position is that proposed ruling is not in the public interest and sites the following concerns:The proposed ruling would handicap accounting firms as they try to grapple with issues in the New Economy.Audit quality will suffer if firms a
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Andersen Revenue up 15%

With a record $8.4 billion in revenue for the fiscal year ending August 31, Arthur Andersen is reporting an increase in revenue over last year of 15%.
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Summers Warns Senators About Impeding SEC Plan

Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers claims he has knowledge that some Senators, who are remaining unnamed, are attempting to use government spending legislation to thwart the SEC proposal to issue auditor independence guidelines.

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