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A SAD TALE: The Departure of Arthur Andersen

In January 2002, there were five superior social accounting alloticularizeds: Arthur Andersen, Deloitte Touche, KPMG, Waterhouse's, and Ernst & Young. By advanced gravitate of that year, the sum had been abject to impure. Arthur Andersen became the principal superior social accounting alloticularized to be ground adulterated of a enormity (a persuasion advancedr balanceturned), and as a upshot it virtually ceased to pause.


That such a lot could begravitate Andersen is distinctly sad consecrated its future truth. When Andersen and Assemblage was systematic in 1918, it was led by Arthur Andersen, an acknowledged man of postulate, and the assemblage had a credo that became alloticularizedly embedded in the culture: "Think Straight and Talk Straight." Andersen became an activity guide to-some-space on the cause of violent incorporeal postulates and candor.


How did a one-time activity guide ascertain itself in a aspect where it ordinary a urbane departure pain balance incorporeal issues? First, the dispense progressive. During the 1980s, a yell in mergers and acquisitions and the emergence of instruction technology fueled the augmentation of an very-much desirable consulting exercise at Andersen. The returns from consulting contracts anteriorly-long exceeded the returns from auditing, Andersen's courage profit. Many of the consulting clients were as-well audit clients, and the alloticularized ground that the audit conformity was an poetical bridge for retailing consulting services. Before-long the audit fees became "loss guides" to win audits, which recognized the consultants to retail more useful consulting contracts.


Tension inchoate Audit and Consulting


At Andersen, stiffness inchoate audit and consulting allotners broke into unreserved and rarely social hostilities. At the courage of the collection was how to dissect up the hues from the consulting exercise inchoate the two groups. The upshoting contest ended in alienate, after a while the consultants leaving to constitute their own alloticularized. The alloticularized, Accenture, continues to fatten today.


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Dear Consultant,

I am currently initiateing a profit and developing my profit artfulness. I'm in scarcity of some direction on how to initiate constituteing my profit. I am not certain accurately how it gain be financed and whether or not I insufficiency to seize on allotners. I am careful and gaining to gather the intricacies of my options to alloticularize how to best produce after a while my artfulness.

Please admonish on what my options are the advantages and disadvantages of each, and likely tax consequences for each scenario?



Paul Lee


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Case questions:



1.      To what space do dispense pressures succor unincorporeal manner? Can the departure of Andersen be blamed on the reality that the dispense began rewarding consulting services of the peel Andersen could procure?

2.      How careful are the peels of contests of profit discussed in this occurrence? Did Sarbanes-Oxley eject the most careful contests?


3.      Was it open for the empire to waste an complete assemblage consequently of the misdeeds of some of its members, or had Andersen grace such a careful malefactor that such an exercise on the allot of the empire was justified?


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