This concise volume evaluates the cause and significance of recent corporate failures and financial scandals, and how they reflect on the fitness for purpose of the external auditors, financial reports, financial watchdogs, boards, directors and senior management. Failures like the disastrous collapse of Carillion, examined at length, have ultimately led to a crisis of confidence not only in the audit process but in the entire process of financial reporting.
Revealing the shortcomings in audit quality, independence, choice and the growing expectation gap, Financial Failures and Scandals questions if the profession, its regulators or government watchdogs, are adequately prepared for the challenges of increasing regulation, public outcry and political scrutiny in the face of inevitable future financial failures. The fundamental structures of financial reporting, annual reports, boards of directors and senior management are often found to have failed. Tighter regulation and new requirements for reporting will inevitably result.
Drawing on extensive research and interviews with insiders, users and experts, this unique book provides a compelling account of the profoundly disruptive impact of financial failures on corporate and financial accountability. Topical and readable, this book will be of great interest to students, researchers and professionals in accounting and auditing, as well as to policy makers and regulators.
Table of Contents
1. About this Book. 2. Regulation, Regulators and Reporting. 3. Manipulating Reports and Creative Accounting. 4. Landmark Scandals :The Impact of Earlier Cases. 5. Tesco, HBOS and Autonomy. 6. Carillion: The Collapse. 7. Carillion: The Blame Game. 8. Recent Cases: Steinhoff and Conviviality. 9. Conclusions: The Aftermath. GLOSSARY.
Krish Bhaskar was founding Professor of Accounting at the University of East Anglia, UK and previously held positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol. He is the author of over 50 books and has also worked extensively in the IT, consulting, investment banking, automotive and forecasting sectors.
John Flower, now retired, was formerly Professor of Accounting at the University of Bristol, UK and Director of the Centre for Research in European Accounting, Brussels.
Rod Sellers OBE, FCA, has spent almost 50 years in senior financial and corporate roles in industry.
"Enron and Carillion are household names, not because of what they were, but because of the way they failed. The extent to which the auditors can be blamed for these and many other corporate failures is an important public policy issue. This interesting and well researched book highlights the role of accounting and auditors in some of the highest profile failures of recent years. It is a useful contribution to the current debate on what needs to change in accounting and auditing practice.", Geoff Wilkinson held a range of senior economic and financial positions with the British Steel Corporation before moving into investment banking. He was Finance Director and subsequently Managing Director of Laird plc, a FTSE 250 company, and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Eden Project.
"This book is a first in that it examines a number of recent financial scandals and corporate failures in the UK and further afield. Placing earlier pivotal cases in perspective, it then concentrates on current cases, culminating in a forensic financial dissection of the Carillion collapse, using a variety of analytical techniques including financial modelling. By critically analysing the Carillion collapse, and other recent cases, it sets out a detailed analysis of what went wrong, and who was to blame. An accompanying online resource also updates recent cases such as Patisserie Valerie.", Vaiz Karamatullah, Former CFO of Arab conglomerates in various Middle Eastern countries; presently Trustee of The Graham Layton Trust, a UK charity supporting free eye care overseas.