SEC

A&A

James Doty to chair SEC accounting oversight board

James Doty, a partner at Washington, D.C.-based law firm Baker Botts LLP who served as general counsel for the SEC in the early 1990s, recently was appointed by SEC chairman Mary Schapiro to lead the agency’s Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
A&A

Public companies must submit XBRL exhibits to SEC in 2011

The SEC in 2009 issued rules requiring public companies and foreign private issuers that prepare financial statements in accordance with US GAAP to attach an exhibit with all periodic filings that contains computer readable tags written in XBRL.
A&A

Ernst & Young charged with civil fraud for role in Lehman collapse

The New York Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Ernst & Young, accusing the firm of helping Lehman Brothers hide its financial weakness from investors from 2001 until the investment bank collapsed in 2008.
A&A

AICPA recommends changes to SEC proposed ruling for family offices

A proposed ruling from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission exempts family offices from any requirement to register with the SEC under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
A&A

SEC has five prominent fraud cases in one month

July was a busy month for the SEC. Five of the enforcement cases charged or settled that month involved large, well-known companies, including KBR, Goldman Sachs, Dell, General Electric, and Citigroup.
Tax

SEC charges two Madoff employees with fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a pair of longtime employees at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC with playing key roles in the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Tax

Increased motivation for whistle-blowing

New statutory and regulatory changes provide greater rewards to individuals who blow the whistle on fraudulent activities and to organizations that actively encourage an effective ethical culture.
Tax

SEC, Madoff associates settle civil charges

Associates of convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have agreed to settle civil charges.
A&A

Nearly half of executives anticipate SEC decision on IFRS in 2011

Most executives responsible for corporate financial reporting said their firms will be ready, but likely will not move to IFRS until mandated, even if an "early adoption" option is allowed, according to an IFRS convergence survey.
A&A

SEC wants public companies to disclose more info about short-term borrowing

The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted unanimously to propose measures that would require public companies to disclose additional information to investors about their short-term borrowing arrangements.
Tax

Wyly boys: Brothers with a golden touch, in trouble together

If the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is correct, billionaire brothers Samuel E. Wyly and Charles J. Wyly Jr. have more than savvy investing and brilliant business minds to thank for their wealth.
Tax

SEC charges former Deloitte partner, son with insider trading

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week charged a former Deloitte and Touche LLP partner and his son with insider trading in the securities of several of the firm's audit clients.
A&A

PCAOB addresses failure-to-supervise provision

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has issued its views regarding the provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 that authorizes the PCAOB to impose sanctions on registered public accounting firms and their supervisory personnel for failing to reasonably supervise associated persons.
A&A

PCAOB adopts new auditing standards on risk assessment

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has adopted a suite of eight auditing standards related to the auditor's assessment of, and response to, risk in an audit.
A&A

Dell shareholders to consider SEC settlement

Dell Inc. appears to be closer to an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which has been investigating the computer maker and its founder over questionable arrangements with Intel.
A&A

Tax planning for IFRS adoption might be slowing

A sense of urgency once felt in tax departments to prepare for the potential implications of IFRS might have been replaced in recent months by uncertainty, as regulatory bodies issued statements seeming to indicate a slowing in the pace of movement toward adoption of IFRS.
A&A

SEC nails Goldman Sachs for subprime mortgage settlement

The SEC announced on Thursday that Goldman, Sachs & Co. will pay $550 million and reform its business practices to settle SEC charges that Goldman misled investors in a subprime mortgage product just as the U.S. housing market was starting to collapse.
A&A

PCAOB proposes new auditing standard on confirmation

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board this week approved for public comment a proposed audit standard on confirmation, which is designed to strengthen current requirements under the auditing standard.
Tax

Starr quality: Not what you want in a financial advisor

Being rich and famous does not necessarily make you smart. That could be why so many wealthy people trust the untrustworthy.
Tax

Disney employee finds out the hard way: Insider trading doesn’t pay

Disneyland may be the happiest place in the world, but one Disney employee and her boyfriend are not smiling.

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