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Nov 8, 2012

Exclusive – U.S. sees talks with China on corporate audits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. regulators have made another step in normalizing relations with China on oversight of corporate auditing aimed at the many Chinese companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.

U.S. officials for the first time have completed a round of observations in China of inspections of auditors by that country’s regulators, and talks are expected by year-end between Chinese and U.S. officials on access to audit documents, a key aspect of the auditor regulation process, the top U.S. auditor watchdog told Reuters Thursday.

Nov 8, 2012

Exclusive: Talks set with China on audit documents – U.S. official

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have completed their first observations of official auditor inspections in China and expect to meet soon with Chinese officials, said the head of the U.S. watchdog that oversees corporate auditors on Thursday.

The upcoming meetings will focus on access to audit documents and could result in a “major breakthrough,” though obstacles remain, said James Doty, chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, in an interview.

Nov 1, 2012

Flood ebbs, Northeast picks up after epic storm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City and the sodden Northeast began an arduous journey back to normal on Wednesday after mammoth storm Sandy killed at least 64 people in a rampage that swamped coastal cities and cut power to millions.

Financial markets reopened with the New York Stock Exchange running on generator power after the first weather-related two-day closure since an 1888 blizzard. Packed buses took commuters to work with New York’s subway system halted after seawater flooded its tunnels.

Oct 31, 2012

Devastated Northeast crawls back after monster storm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Northeast began an arduous slog back to normal on Wednesday after historic storm Sandy crippled transportation, knocked out power for millions and killed at least 64 people with a massive storm surge that caused epic flooding.

Financial markets reopened with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange after the first weather-related two-day closure since 1888 and packed buses took commuters to work with the city’s subway system halted after seawater flooded its tunnels.

Oct 20, 2012

Concerns rise as more U.S. audit work moves to India

NEW YORK/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Auditing of U.S. corporations’ financial books, a vital underpinning of investor confidence, increasingly relies on work carried out in India, where there is no clear system of oversight.

U.S. audit regulators do not conduct regular physical inspections of offshore centers in India where U.S. audit work is performed, Indian accounting officials and employees of large audit firms told Reuters.

Oct 17, 2012

Pandit seen leaving Citi without much of a parachute

By Tom Hals and Dena Aubin

(Reuters) – Vikram Pandit may leave Citigroup Inc without a rich exit package, compensation experts say, although final terms of his departure likely will not be known for several days.

Pandit, who stepped down as chief executive of the bank on Tuesday after months of tensions with the board, is not eligible for a “golden parachute” – a pre-negotiated severance payout – according to Citigroup’s most recent annual proxy filing.

Oct 16, 2012

Analysis: As more U.S. audit work moves to India, concerns arise

NEW YORK/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Auditing of U.S. corporations’ financial books, a vital underpinning of investor confidence, increasingly relies on work carried out in India, where there is no clear system of oversight.

U.S. audit regulators do not conduct regular physical inspections of offshore centers in India where U.S. audit work is performed, Indian accounting officials and employees of large audit firms told Reuters.

Oct 16, 2012

As more U.S. audit work moves to India, concerns arise

NEW YORK/MUMBAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Auditing of U.S.
corporations’ financial books, a vital underpinning of investor
confidence, increasingly relies on work carried out in India,
where there is no clear system of oversight.

U.S. audit regulators do not conduct regular physical
inspections of offshore centers in India where U.S. audit work
is performed, Indian accounting officials and employees of large
audit firms told Reuters.

Oct 4, 2012

PwC global chair hoping for China audit resolution

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest accounting and consulting firm, said on Thursday he hoped for progress soon on a U.S.-China auditing oversight deal that could avert a disruption to capital markets.

Officials of all the “Big Four” accounting firms have been talking with regulators in China and the United States trying to encourage an agreement, PwC’s global chair Dennis Nally told Reuters in an interview.

Oct 4, 2012

Consulting helps push PwC’s revenues to $31.5 billion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – PwC PWC.UL, the world’s largest accounting firm, reported a record $31.5 billion in revenues in 2012 and forecast a big shift in business to developing markets, including the Middle East, despite prolonged civil unrest in the region.

Helped by increased advisory and consulting work, revenues for the year ended June 30 rose by 8 percent from $29.2 billion in fiscal 2011, PwC said in a statement on Thursday.