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CAMP ENRON:
... gateway to the next Progressive Era?

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CAMP ENRON:
... gateway to the next Progressive Era?

For a brief orientation, see this
Welcome to Camp Enron

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Many thanks to Tony Adragna and Will Vehrs, still shouting 'cross the Potomac at QuasiPundit. Early Camp Enron material can be found in QP's Dispatches department.
Monday, March 11, 2002

 
--- Andersen: Organ Donor to the World of Auditing? ---

With major client defections, imminent criminal indictments, and multiple nine-figure non-Enron exposures, it doesn't look like they can stop the bleeding at Andersen. Forward prospects hinge on separating the assets, leaving the liabilities behind, and maybe separating the septic lines of business (audit, maybe tax) from consulting lines that might be easier to salvage.

Latest buzz involves a business combination with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. A tricky save ... who wants to inherit Andersen's reutational baggage? How much of the client base can Andersen bring with them? How do you make sure the liability bloodhounds won't find a way track Andersen's scent to your door? And assuming the separation is achievable, how do you value the assets, considering the traditional audit/consulting synergy is broken, and the future regulatory and liability regime is full of unknown unknowns

If anyone can structure the deal, these folks have the know-how. But a direct combination -- if it works at all -- leaves the industry more consolidated and less balanced. is it more feasible to carve the body into smaller pieces ... maybe down to individual client level ... and dispose of them in an open auction and swap-meet with the surviving Big Four plus major regionals?