Accounting Irregularities and Financial Fraud: A Corporate Governance Guide / Edition 2

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This book is particularly relevant and timely as a result of the investigation into allegations of impropriety at Enron.

In the wake of highly publicized allegations of accounting irregularities and fraudulent financial reporting that are shaking up today's corporate community, Accounting Irregularities and Financial Fraud provides a step-by-step guide to how these crises can envelop a company and how to prevent them from happening in the first place. It is directed to almost everybody involved: outside directors, audit committee members, senior executives, CFOs, CPAs, in-house lawyers, and outside law firms. Highlights:
The Second Edition of Accounting Irregularities and Financial Fraud has been updated to include the following:

  • Chapter 2, "So Who Gets the Blame?" - features an expanded discussion of former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt's challenge to corporate management and the announcement of a new set of initiatives to improve the reliability of financial statements. The chapter also includes a new discussion on the recommendations made by the "Panel on Audit Effectiveness."
  • Chapter 3, "The Immediate Aftermath" - explains the importance of a company issuing an initial press release before rumors of an accounting problem begin to swirl, along with tips on how to word the release.
  • Chapter 4, "Getting New Audited Financial Statements" - analyzes the need for financial restatements and materiality.
  • Chapter 9, "Dealing with the Regulators" - features new exhibits, including a snapshot of the penalties that have been imposed by the SEC.
  • Chapter 10, "Criminal Investigations" - presents an expanded discussion on sentencing guidelines and a new exhibit detailing the criminal sentences that have been imposed on corporate CFOs.

About the Author

Michael R. Young is a litigation partner of Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he head's the firm's Accounting Irregularities Practice Group. For more than a decade, Mr. Young has served as a counsel to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and he has accordingly assisted in such matters as the formulation of the federal securities tort reform legislation of the mid-1990's, the drafting of generally accepted auditing standards, the enactment of the Uniform Accountancy Act, and the submission to the United States Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of amicus curiae briefs on matters of importance to financial reporting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735526914
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 337

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Detailed Table of Contents
Table of Exhibits
Ch. 1 The Origin of Financial Fraud 1
Ch. 2 So Who Gets the Blame? 23
Ch. 3 The Immediate Aftermath 45
Ch. 4 Getting New Audited Financial Statements 61
Ch. 5 Digging Out the Fraud: The Lawyers 81
Ch. 6 Digging Out the Fraud: The Forensic Accountants 97
Ch. 7 Class Action Lawsuits 119
Ch. 8 Dealing with the D&O Insurer 141
Ch. 9 Dealing with the Regulators 167
Ch. 10 Criminal Investigations 191
Ch. 11 What's an Audit Committee to Do? 227
Ch. 12 Due Diligence 281
Ch. 13 Accounting Irregularities and the Future of Financial Reporting 305
Index 319
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