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  • The Securities and Exchange Commission said the Chinese units of Deloitte, Ernst& Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG will each pay $500,000 and admit that prior to 2012 they did not produce documents the SEC had requested. The settlement with the SEC notably does not suspend the firms from practicing as accountants for China- based firms listed in U.S....

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission said that the Chinese units of Deloitte, Ernst& Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG will each pay $500,000 and admit that prior to 2012, they did not produce documents the SEC had requested. The settlement with the SEC notably does not suspend the firms from practicing as accountants for China- based firms listed in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- William Gerber, chief financial officer of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp for the last eight years, will receive a $2.5 million retirement package when he leaves the discount brokerage firm at the end of September, the company said in a quarterly regulatory filing on Thursday. Gerber, 56, began his career at TD Ameritrade in 1999 as director of finance...

  • Profits, productivity and the pursuit of happiness Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    *Financial services firms look at new ways to motivate staff. DUBLIN, Feb 3- There isn't much time for self-reflection when you are advising on company takeovers but at Irish corporate law firm William Fry they are giving themselves some serious thought. It is actually focusing on the things that you are good at and emphasizing their impact in your life, "said Shane...

  • Firms prepare for new tax rules as China vows crackdown Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 8:35 PM ET

    Tax professionals and business lobbies alike have welcomed the move as an attempt to bring China's tax regime more in line with international standards. Under the new policy, for example, a firm that invests in China through companies in Hong Kong or Singapore to take advantage of tax benefits that do not exist between China and its home country could find...

  • Deloitte, whose audit clients range from carmaker General Motors Co to investment bank Morgan Stanley, achieved total fees including consultancy work of $34.2 billion last year, giving it a $248 million lead over second-placed PwC, the annual International Accounting Bulletin World Survey said. Rob Tautges, chief executive of mid-tier firm HLB...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it agreed to pay $400 million to avert a trial in a class action lawsuit accusing the pharmaceutical giant of misleading investors in connection with off-label marketing. Pfizer disclosed the agreement-in-principle as it released its fourth-quarter results. "This resolution reflects a desire by the company to...

  • BEIJING, Jan 27- Multinational law firm Dentons and China's biggest legal practice Dacheng Law Offices said on Tuesday they had signed off on their merger, a move that will create the world's biggest law firm. The structure is necessary because China forbids foreign law firms and lawyers from practising law, and instead relegates them to advisory roles.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 23- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency's Agricultural Research Service, was sent to all Animal Research...

  • TORONTO, Jan 22- A Canadian Supreme Court ruling on Thursday about a tiny landfill deal in British Columbia is set to make it a lot harder for Canada's competition watchdog to challenge potentially anti-competitive deals between companies, lawyers said. The ruling by Canada's top court foiled the Competition Bureau's bid to unwind privately-held Tervita's...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- A U.S. judge on Thursday threw out the guilty pleas of four men accused of illegally dealing in shares ahead of an IBM Corp acquisition, the first decision in response to a landmark appellate ruling curtailing prosecutors' ability to bring certain insider trading cases. In the IBM case, prosecutors said a worker at IBM's law firm told former Royal...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 22- International law firm Dentons and China's Dacheng Law Offices have agreed on a merger that is expected to create the world's largest law firm and would be only the second time a global firm and a domestic Chinese firm have joined forces. A spokeswoman for Dentons said partnerships of both firms had approved the deal and that China's Ministry of...

  • Garlock, a unit of EnPro Industries, filed for bankruptcy in 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the face of the mounting cost of asbestos lawsuits. Golini allegedly told Philadelphia- based Shein he was exposed to 14 asbestos products made by bankrupt companies including Owens Corning and Armstrong World Industries. After Garlock settled with Golini, Shein...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- A U.S. judge on Thursday refused to let plaintiffs' lawyers suing General Motors Co access notes from lawyers the company hired to prepare an internal report on the automaker's decade-long mishandling of a deadly ignition-switch flaw. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said interview notes from the "Valukas report"- named for Anton...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- MetLife said it would file on Tuesday a lawsuit against regulators subjecting it to tougher oversight, challenging their verdict the firm harbors enough risk to endanger the financial system in a crisis. The designation of MetLife as a so-called "systemically important" company would make insurance products more expensive without...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- MetLife said it would file on Tuesday a lawsuit against regulators subjecting it to tougher oversight, challenging their verdict the firm harbors enough risk to bring down the financial system in a crisis. The designation of MetLife as a so-called "systemically important" company would make insurance products more expensive without...

  • Jan 12- Privately held 23 andMe Inc said Pfizer Inc would have access to its research services, helping the pharmaceutical giant better understand the lupus disease. About 5 million people worldwide have a form of lupus, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Pfizer is already partnering with the company to study genetic factors associated with the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- Two federal prosecutors who have led several high-profile fraud cases, including the government's criminal investigation of Bernard Madoff, are leaving the U.S. Justice Department to join prominent law firm Boies, Schiller& Flexner, according to an announcement Reuters reviewed before its public release. Matthew Schwartz and John Zach, who...

  • Jan 12- Former federal prosecutor David O'Neil will join law firm Debevoise& Plimpton as a partner in its Washington office, the New York Times reported. The law firm is expected to announce the hiring on Monday, the paper said. O'Neil joins Debevoise two years after Mary Jo White left the firm to become chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, while...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 8- Singapore is updating guidelines on an accounting practice mired in controversy for helping multinational companies minimize their tax bills, as the city-state moves more in line with a crackdown by Western governments on aggressive tax avoidance. International taxation has come under scrutiny since a quirk of "transfer pricing" was found...