Posts Tagged “audit reform”

The new audit reforms have been passed in the European parliament on Thursday last. The European politicians voted in favor of the reforms that will see large-listed companies putting their audit contracts out to tender once every 10 years.

Under the new rules listed companies are required to change their auditors every ten years. A company may be eligible to get this period extended by a further ten years if tenders are carried out, and by 14 years if the company appoints more than one firm to carry out the audit. There is also a 70% cap on fees from non-audit work.

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Audit contracts are changing hands rapidly since the FRC and Competition Commission published their separate recommendations to enforce more frequent tendering of FTSE 350 audits. But recently KPMG managed to hang onto the Standard Chartered audit contract after it went out to tender in August of last year. Read more in our previous blog BIG 4 firm KPMG retains Standard Chartered audit

KPMG have been the banks auditor for 40 years and the big 4 firm earned around £9m last year from the audit.

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The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee have approved a draft agreement for EU audit reform in the hope that it will open up the EU audit services market beyond the dominant Big Four firms.

The EUs legal affairs committee voted in favour of the measures agreed in December. Read more in our previous blog Preliminarily agreement reached on the EU audit reform . These measures will force large-listed companies to change the firms that audit their accounts on a regular basis.

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