Managing difficult financial reporting situations

Managing difficult financial reporting situations
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By P. Woodbridge Wallace, Marco Carducci, Daniel C. Dipillo

In recent years, financial news has been filled with a litany of misdeeds, including allegations of inappropriate financial asset valuations, insider trading abuses, financial fraud, bribery allegations of government officials, fraud related to mutual funds, stock option backdating and record levels of financial statement restatements. Any one of these events can not only cause a significant disruption to a bank but also lead to difficult financial reporting situations.

In this article, we provide an overview of actions management and audit committees can take to manage these difficult financial reporting situations. We specifically discuss investigating potential accounting errors that may involve misconduct and evaluating materiality when a financial statement error is identified.

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