Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants @ University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh [4 April]

Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants


29
04
April
18:30 - 20:00

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University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place, EH8 9JS Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism.

Is it time to see a shake up of the Big Four accounting firms?

In this joint event with the Library of Mistakes, Richard Brooks will chart the accounting profession's rise to global influence and provide insights into the underside of the profession, from underpinning global tax avoidance to corrupting world football. Focussing in on the ‘Big Four’ that dominate the market Richard will also reveal how they have used their central role in the economy to sell management consultancy services that send billions in fees their way and ties them closer than ever to clients both in business and government.

The recent collapse of Carillion demonstrates the weakness of current regulation and standards and has sparked the government to calls for a shake-up of the Big Four by politicians and regulators.

Has the profession lost its moral compass? Is accountancy too important to be left to the accountants? Should the two functions of audit and consultancy be split, and should the Big Four be broken up to limit their power?

Richard’s talk, based on his recent book Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism will be followed by a panel debate and questions from the audience. Come and take part in the discussion.
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