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Accounting Malpractice

Bringing expertise to accounting malpractice claims

Plante Moran’s forensic accounting and business valuation services professionals have extensive experience with investigations involving accounting malpractice claims. We have assisted boards of directors, creditors, creditor and shareholder committees, trustees, accountants, accounting firms, and counsel. Plante Moran was appointed by the New York Federal Bankruptcy Court as the accountants to the Examiner of Enron Corporation to, among other things, investigate the propriety of special purpose entities and evaluate causes of actions against Arthur Andersen.

Our accounting malpractice consulting professionals have assisted clients with the investigation of both the liability and damages aspects of accounting malpractice claims, and have provided expert testimony in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Federal Tax courts, arbitrations, and state courts across the country. Typical areas of analysis undertaken in connection with accounting malpractice allegations include: 

  • Analyzing auditor work papers 
  • Evaluating the existence of audit deficiencies 
  • Restating financial statements and tax returns 
  • Identifying evidence of compliance with professional standards 
  • Evaluate management’s representations 
  • Evaluating the existence of internal controls and procedures 
  • Researching the Federal Tax Code and state tax codes 
  • Analyzing causation theories 
  • Evaluating damages claims and theories 
  • Investigating the propriety of questionable transactions 
  • Recreating accounting records from source documents 
  • Providing discovery assistance 
  • Providing expert testimony

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