Thursday 22 September 2016

USA: SEC enforcement action - close personal relationships and auditor independence

Earlier this week the Securities and Exchange Commission published details of the first enforcement action it had taken in respect of auditor independence failings resulting from close personal relationships: see here. To quote directly from the SEC's press release, "Ernst & Young has agreed to pay $9.3 million to settle charges that two of the firm’s audit partners got too close to their clients on a personal level and violated rules that ensure firms maintain their objectivity and impartiality during audits".

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