SOX Internal Controls Provision Creates Investor Value After All

[I]n the longstanding controversy over 404(b), the voice of one constituency has been conspicuous by its absence — and ironically, it’s the very group the regulation supposedly protects: namely the investment community. Whether the provision actually holds value to investors has remained unclear.Now, the January issue of the The Accounting Review, an American Accounting Association journal, includes the…

Exxon Must Face Class-Action Suit Over Climate-Change Accounting – Bloomberg

Bloomberg reports: Exxon Mobil Corp. must face a lawsuit by investors who blamed a drop in the company’s shares on the disclosure that regulators were scrutinizing its reserve accounting related to climate change. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade on Tuesday denied Exxon’s bid to dismiss the suit. Kinkeade wrote that the Greater Pennsylvania Carpenters Pension…

PwC doing double duty as auditor and tax lobbyist – MarketWatch

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow is quoted in this article about potential conflicts of interest in PwC’s getting lobbying fees from audit clients. Nell Minow, a corporate governance expert and the vice chair of ValueEdge Advisors, told MarketWatch, “There are serious conflict of interest issues when an auditor has a lucrative side project involving its…

Comment Letter on IOSCO Consultation Report on Audit Committee Good Practices from Samantha Ross

Mr. Jonathan Bravo International Organization of Securities Commissions Calle Oquendo 12 28006 Madrid Spain By email: consultation-04-2018@iosco.org Re:      Public Comment on IOSCO Consultation Report on Good Practices for Audit Committees in Supporting Audit Quality   To the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on your…

Corporate auditing is broken. Here’s how to fix it – CapX

Can any auditor be truly independent if it is selected by the management it is supposed to review without conflicts? The corporation’s shareholders – key users of the audit report – nominally have the authority to choose auditors. But this authority is usually exercised upon the recommendation of the corporation’s board of directors, which customarily…

Why Shareholders Should Be Cautious of These KPMG Audits, Despite SEC Assurances

SEC Chair Jay Clayton basically told investors “nothing to see here” when five KPMG partners were indicted for unlawfully using prior knowledge of confidential information from their regulator, the PCAOB. Francine McKenna quoted VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow in an article for Marketwatch: Corporate governance expert Nell Minow, the vice chair of ValueEdge Advisors, said…