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Monthly Archive: May 2010

Yes, Theres A (Deloitte) Game for That!

If you’ve been hearing the buzz on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, and are truly unaware of what this is all about, there’s now a fun way to learn all about it by just playing.

You can soon play The Deloitte Business Simulation Game, which is “designed to accelerate the implementation of corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives via stakeholder engagement and development [...]


Deloitte’s Birkett Helps Dubai World Reach Agreement

We have blogged extensively about Dubai World, whose debt default announcement shocked world markets in Thanksgiving 2009. And that Deloitte UK’s Aidan Birkett was first representing the debtor and then finally joined Dubai World as its Chief Restructuring Officer in November 2009.

Now it appears that he has been able to make some good progress.

Yesterday, we see that Dubai World had [...]


Accenture Named Top Outsourcing Provider by IAOP

 Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter

The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals recently ranked Accenture No. 1 for third consecutive year in IAOP’s Global Outsourcing 100® List ranking of the world’s best outsourcing providers.

The Global Outsourcing 100 is designed to help companies compare and select service providers using an objective methodology. Providers are ranked on quality following a rigorously judged application process [...]


PwC Finds Modest Start to 2010 Venture Capital Activity, CleanTech Up Big

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter

PwC Finds Modest Start to 2010 Venture Capital Activity, CleanTech Up Big

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) have recently found that venture capitalists invested $4.7 billion in 681 deals in the Q1-2010, which was 9% in terms of dollars and 18% below in number of deals compared to [...]


On The Acquisition Path, Deloitte Buys Swiss Consultant Exsigno

Christina Broder, Big4.com Staff Reporter

On The Acquisition Path, Deloitte Buys Swiss Consultant Exsigno

Deloitte UK, in yet another acquisition, under the leadership of John Connolly, recently purchased Exsigno, a Swiss management consultancy with over 150 people, and a specialist in public sector and health care consulting.

Deloitte UK has been on an acquisition road trip, in the last [...]


John Distefano To Lead Ernst And Young Health Care Advisory Services

 Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Ernst & Young LLP has announced John Distefano as leader of the health care practice of its Advisory Services Group, to help companies integrate the new health care law into their overall strategy and change their business models,

The Advisory health care practice focuses on providing strategic, financial, risk, IT and performance improvement services to companies in [...]


PwC UK Intakes 1,000 Graduates in Spring 2010, Its Largest Ever

 Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) UK has begun its nationwide 1,000 strong recruitment drive in 2010, its largest ever annual spring intake with 153 graduates already joining. For the first time 30 new recruits will join PwC’s growing management and strategy consulting teams. 2,000 applied, up 88% from 2009, as management consulting vacancies opened in spring for the [...]


Jeremy Anderson Is New Chairman of KPMG’s Global Financial Services

Christina Broder, Big4.com Staff Reporter

KPMG recently announced that Jeremy Andersen will become the firm’s new head of the global financial services practice to succeed Brendan Nelson, who retired from KPMG on March 31 to become a non-executive director at Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.

Jeremy Anderson has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services [...]


Anadolu Sigorta Selects Accenture’s Claims Components Solution

Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Turkey’s leading P&C insurer for 85 years, Anadolu Sigorta (ISE: ANSGR) has selected Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to license, implement and maintain the Accenture Claim Components Solution, its claims management application to help Anadolu Sigorta accelerate claims processing and improve customer service, while reducing the cost of its claims operation.

The Accenture Claim Components Solution is a leading [...]


Deloitte Finds Global Automotive Industry Gets $105B Government Boost

 Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Deloitte Finds Global Automotive Industry Gets $105B Government Boost

A new analysis by the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) Global Manufacturing Industry group shows that automotive industry is getting large benefits from $105 billion of governmental stimulus in 13 markets, though it is only 2.5% of the estimated US$4.3 trillion in economic stimulus packages committed by various governments [...]


Accenture Acquires CadenceQuest for Customer Analytics

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Accenture Acquires CadenceQuest for Customer Analytics

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) is acquiring assets from CadenceQuest, Inc., a privately-held Arlington, Va.-based company specializing in customer data and analytics for the retail sector.

The key goal of this acquisition:

Enhance Accenture Interactive’s suite of digital, marketing analytics, retail marketing and merchandising solutions and platforms.

Accenture Interactive, launched in September 2009 [...]


KPMG: Its Not Wind Any More In Renewable M&A

Christina Broder, Big4.com Staff Reporter

 

KPMG’s recent annual survey of global renewable energy mergers and acquisitions, “Powering Ahead: 2010” shows that while renewable energy M&A has increased 145% in deal volume to 150 deals and US$14.3 billion in Q1-2010 compared to 61 deals and US$8.8 billion in Q1-2009, things are not unaffected by slow global credit conditions.

It [...]


KPMG UK Ups Its Hiring to 1,000 College Graduates

Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter

In February 2010, KPMG UK announced that it was increasing its graduate hiring for September 2010 to 750, meaning that total intake including interns and school leavers would be over 900. However, more recently with growing signs that market demand for accountancy, tax and advisory services is set to rise, KPMG has also upped its growth [...]


Ernst And Young Oil and Gas Outlook Shows a More Stable Environment

Christina Broder, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Ernst And Young Oil and Gas Outlook Shows a More Stable Environment

Ernst & Young s Americas Oil & Gas Center finds that that oil and gas industry fundamentals are improving in line with the global economy. Developing countries are ahead of advanced countries on growth, but there are positive indicators throughout the [...]


Capgemini Launches New EnergyPath Solution for Oil Services Industry

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter

Capgemini Launches New EnergyPath Solution for Oil Services Industry

Capgemini’s new qualified SAP® Business All-in-One partner solution, EnergyPath™, specifically for the oil field services and drilling industries will help companies develop and implement flexible enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems at an accelerated pace and reduced cost.

This program will help prospective companies looking to [...]