01 julho 2019

Big Four ameaçadas na Índia

Global auditors have had a torrid time of late. kpmg is haemorrhaging clients in South Africa after allegations of fraud linked to its work for the powerful Gupta family; Deloitte is under investigation in both America and Malaysia relating to scandal at 1mdb, a Malaysian state-development fund. In Britain the Big Four face threats of break-up after the failure last year of Carillion, a big government contractor for which all four had done work. Now Indian prosecutors have the auditors in their sights.

The most serious case concerns the collapse last year of il fs, a monstrously complex financial firm with deep state ties. On July 15th the corporate-affairs ministry will argue before a commercial court to have Deloitte’s and kpmg’s local affiliates suspended from doing audits for five years because of flaws in their work for an il fs subsidiary. Ernst Young (ey) is under fire, too: its local affiliate audited il fs and another subsidiary. It had already been suspended for a year from doing bank audits because of its work for Yes Bank, India’s fourth-biggest private lender. pwc, meanwhile, faces a two-year suspension relating to work for Satyam, a computer-services firm that went bust a decade ago.

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