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May 12, 2001 | Bloomberg News
PricewaterhouseCoopers Chief Executive Jim Schiro, 56, will retire as soon as a successor is found, the world's largest accounting firm said. No reason was given by the company for Schiro's departure. Schiro said earlier that "the timing was right." Mandatory retirement age for the firm's partners is 60, the company said. The process of finding a successor will take six to nine months, a spokesman said.
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BUSINESS
November 2, 2000 | CESCA ANTONELLI, BLOOMBERG NEWS
Hewlett-Packard Co. is facing the first rumblings of investor dissent against Chief Executive Carly Fiorina. The No. 2 computer maker said last month that it is in talks to buy the consulting business of PricewaterhouseCoopers for $17 billion to $18 billion. Investors have grown increasingly jittery about the possibility and say it would be the wrong move.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2000 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hewlett-Packard Co., the largest U.S. computer company after IBM, is preparing to follow its bigger rival to the softer side of technology by spending up to $18 billion to buy the management consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hewlett-Packard confirmed reports Monday that it is in advanced talks to acquire the management and information-technology consulting business from the Big Five accounting partnership.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1999 | Associated Press
The Treasury Department effectively shut down a corporate tax- shelter arrangement being marketed by major accounting firms. The arrangement is marketed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and other Big Five accounting firms under the acronym BOSS, or bond option and sales strategy. Under BOSS, a foreign corporation is formed and two partners contribute money in return for stock. The corporation also borrows money from a bank with a guarantee of additional securities equal to the loan.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1999
Opus West Corp. has signed accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to a 10-year, $22-million lease for more than 69,000 square feet of space on three floors at Opus Center Irvine, a 12-story, 267,000-square-foot office tower at Main Street and MacArthur Boulevard in Irvine. The move will consolidate the accounting firm's two Orange County locations at the new office building, which is scheduled to open in October.
BUSINESS
May 27, 1999 | Associated Press
Coopers & Lybrand agreed to pay more than $108 million for its role in the affairs of the late media baron Robert Maxwell. Coopers & Lybrand, which merged with Price Waterhouse in 1998 to form PricewaterhouseCoopers, was the auditor for Maxwell Communication Corp. Maxwell disappeared from his yacht in 1991 under mysterious circumstances. Earlier that year, his empire collapsed.
BUSINESS
January 15, 1999 | Bloomberg News
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest accounting firm, settled charges that its executives and pension fund compromised the firm's independence by buying stock in more than 70 companies it was auditing. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed the charges, said the New York-based company agreed to pay $2.5 million to set up an education fund to promote industrywide awareness of an auditor's obligation to avoid conflicts of interest.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Medieval Times franchises have filed a lawsuit against Coopers & Lybrand LLP, claiming that the accounting firm gave professional advice that forced the themed restaurants into bankruptcy. In the lawsuit, filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court, Medieval Dinner & Tournament Inc. of Buena Park, and Medieval Show Inc. of Florida claim federal and state tax authorities assessed more than $90 million in taxes and penalties against the franchises as a result of Coopers & Lybrand's advice.
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