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Deloitte Australia: Queensland Stocks Outperform ASX All Ordinaries in August 2010

Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter
13 September 2010

August 2010 was a good month for Queensland public companies. Deloitte Australia indicates that the Deloitte Queensland (Qld) Index increased 5.5% during August 2010, outperforming the ASX All Ordinaries which decreased 1.5% over the same period, leading to a 7% differential in stock performance.

Of the 191 companies on the Deloitte Qld Index monitored in [...]


Ernst & Young: Indian Magazine CEOs Paint A Bright Picture For Future Growth

 

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter
13 September 2010

In contrast to the rest of the world, where the newspaper and magazines are quickly giving way to digital media, the situation in India seems to be totally the opposite. The
Indian magazine segment actually increased revenues at 7% annual rate to reach INR14.9 billion in 2009 as the economic slowdown in this fast-growing [...]


Deloitte 2010 Revenues Up 1.8% to US$26.6 B, Asia & Consulting Strong, Europe & Tax Fall

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter
13 September 2010

Deloitte is the first Big Four firm to report its 2010 full year results, indicating that
aggregate member firm revenues of US$26.6 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 May 2010 grew 1.8% in U.S. dollars from 2009 and remained flat in local currency terms. Deloitte also indicated that aggregate business volume increased from [...]


Protiviti Helps Multinational Companies With New Multilingual Governance Portal

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter
12 September 2010

Protiviti Inc. (www.protiviti.com), has just released its latest version of Governance Portal (GP), which enhances multilingual capabilities that facilitate execution of a uniform governance, risk and compliance (GRC) strategy across multinational companies; as also advanced scheduling and simplified reporting. The Governance Portal is an industry-leading enterprise governance, risk and compliance (EGRC) software platform that [...]


Accenture, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers Recent Alumni News

by Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter
11 September 2010

Some recent news on career moves of Big Four firm alumni from the internet:

Centuria Corporation appoints Thomas Peter as Senior Director of Business Development. Peter comes to Centuria with over 20 years of experience leading teams in the delivery of high-quality, complex projects across a broad range of technologies in both commercial [...]


Ernst & Young: UK Media Companies Enjoy Surprising Upturn in Ad Spend

Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter
11 September 2010

UK media company performance has strongly improved in just one year. Whereas in H1-2009, both revenues and profits were falling compared to 2008, the first half of this year has seen increases both in revenues and margins, albeit compared to a reduced base.

Ernst & Young UK’s analysis of 17 FTSE all-share media companies releasing [...]


Michael S. Johnson, Experienced Bio Tech Exec, Joins Deloitte Recap

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter
11 September 2010

Deloitte Recap LLC (“Recap”) has hired Michael S. Johnson to its alliance advisory services practice, thus expanding its biopharma consulting practice. Johnson has 20+ years of experience in the biopharma industry, especially business development, lead identification and evaluation, feasibility studies, and due diligence. He has held senior BD positions at Sanofi-Synthelabo, Exelixis Pharmaceuticals and [...]


Grant Thornton Complies With UK Audit Firm Governance Code, Appoints New Non-Execs

 

Christina Broder, Big4.com Staff Reporter
10 September 2010

A recent change in the UK audit industry aimed to bring in external perspectives at the highest levels of the nation’s largest auditing frms.

In January 2010, the Audit Firm Governance Code developed by an independent working group established by the FRC and the ICAEW provides a formal benchmark of good governance practice against which [...]


PricewaterhouseCoopers: Top Exec Pay 100 Times Lowest Paid Worker in Malawi

 

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter
10 September 2010

In Malawi, executives are paid 106.7 times more per month than the lowest paid workers – the largest pay gap currently in Southern Africa. The country also shows the most difference in gradient of salary structure between basic salary and total gross compensation,

In South Africa, executives are paid 32 times more per month than [...]


Canadian Venture Capitalists Gloomy And Critical. Not Good For Industry, Says Deloitte

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter
10 September 2010

Even venture capitalists (VCs), the most optimistic of investors are not feeling that good in Canada.

According to the 2010 Global Venture Capital Survey (500 global VCs commented on country outlook and identified sectors of future growth) by Deloitte, Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), even VCs expect their industry to shrink even [...]


Collins Barrow Of Baker Tilly International Is Now One of The Largest in Nova Scotia

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter
10 September 2010

Collins Barrow is Canada’s largest association of chartered accountancy firms and the 8th largest group of chartered accountants in Canada with more than 40 offices from coast to coast.

Now Collins Barrow Nauss Hornby LLP is going to merge with Hemming Weir Casey Inc. to form Collins Barrow Nova Scotia Inc., one of Nova Scotia’s [...]


Deloitte: Phishing Quite Common. Organizations Vulnerable to Cyber Crime

Ethan Strassfield, Big4.com Staff Reporter
10 September 2010

1,400 business professionals attended a July 2010 Deloitte Private Companies series webcast titled "Cyber Crime: Phishing and Hacking and Fraud, Oh My!" and were asked how they felt whether private enterprises have sufficient controls in place to minimize the occurrence of cyber crime.

The results show that they were not quite confident in these controls.

Only [...]


KPMG Funds Innovative Technology Which Aims To Use Bundled Light In Microsurgery

 

Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter
10 September 2010

A noble scientific endeavor which could help treating injuries previously considered to be incurable, such as paraplegia, has been recognized by the Big Four firm, KPMG.

KPMG’s Inspiration Grants which are funded through sponsorship projects carried out by KPMG and its employees support projects that will make a socially relevant contribution to benefit future generations.

The [...]


Grant Thornton UK Finds Transport Sector Business Confidence Still Going Strong

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter
9 September 2010

The latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) has a finding that may surprise you.

While every other indicator in the UK points to lower optimism and decreasing level of confidence in a rapid economic recovery, the transport & storage sector seems to be bucking the trend.

The BCM finds business confidence levels in this [...]


KPMG UK Expresses Deep Concern on UK Job Market, August 2010 Slows Sharply

Christina Broder, Big4.com Staff Reporter
9 September 2010

KPMG UK shows that the UK job market weakened in August 2010 as many employment indicators slowed sharply in the month. In this month, permanent placements increased at their weakest rate for 10 ten months, and temporary staff billings growth eased to ten-month low; while permanent candidate availability also fell at its sharpest rate [...]