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Firma KPMG envuelta en escándalo en Sudáfrica

La adinerada familia Gupta, nativa de India, y KPMG se han visto envueltos en escándalo en Sudáfrica.  Muchas empresas en ese país se han negado a hacer negocios con las empresas de esa familia, a lo que la familia india ha llamado inicialmente "postura política".

Parece que "los controles internos de KPMG han fallado".  ¿Una firma auditora fallando en sus auditorías internas y metiéndose en semejante jaleo?  ¿Cómo llamarías tu esa situación con otras palabras?

KPMG LLP is coming under increasing pressure in South Africa over work done for the wealthy Gupta family, with Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba calling on all government entities to review work with the auditing firm.  An influential business lobby group suspended the company’s membership and the governor of the central bank said it was concerned that KPMG’s internal standard controls aren’t of an acceptable quality. (...) The Big Four firm is emerging as the most prominent international company to be snared in the South African scandal, after admitting that work for the Guptas fell short of acceptable standards. - KPMG under fire in S. Africa for work done for Gupta family

Como el enredo es gordo, la casa matriz anunció una investigación independiente, distanciándose de su sucursal en ese país.

KPMG International announced that it would be launching an independent investigation into work performed by its member firm in South Africa, and reviewing its client portfolio.  In recent weeks, KPMG South Africa has become mired in a corruption scandal centered around the wealthy and influential Gupta family, which has been accused of looting taxpayer money, with government officials calling into question the quality and reliability of the firm’s work both for the Guptas and, separately, for the South African Revenue Service. (See “KPMG under fire in S. Africa.”) - KPMG Int’l to launch investigation into S. African firm

¿Por qué se molestaría casa matriz en distanciarse?  Es que ahora hasta el parlamento ha decidido cancenlar contratos con KPMG.  ¿Irá esta sucursal a cargarse a la empresa entera?

Well, well, well, things look to only be getting worse for KPMG South Africa. Parliament has decided to cut ties with the firm after its revelations on the Guptas and SARS rouge unit report.  Parliament announced on Wednesday evening that its medical aid scheme, Parmed, would cancel its contract KPMG. The scheme is chaired by the National Assembly’s Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli. The decision was taken after considering the risks associated with doing business with the firm. - Parliament terminates contract with KPMG over ongoing Gupta scandal

El episodio del parlamento es lo último que ha ocurrido, pero el 15 de setiembre de 2017 ya estaban renunciando 9 ejecutivos de KPMG y KPMG insiste en su inocencia.  ¿Frente a los buenos resultados, la empresa, y frente a los malos, los empleados?

Nine senior executives from the auditing firm KPMG have been forced to resign in a fallout over the company's involvement with the controversial Gupta family. - Nine KPMG senior executives quit over Gupta scandal

Varias empresas grandes terminaron sus relaciones con KPMG y el 19 de setiembre nos enteramos.

Hulisani Ltd, which invests in energy projects, became the third corporate to replace KPMG, as more businesses announced they were dumping the firm because of work it did for the politically connected Gupta family. - Another firm dumps KPMG as Gupta fallout widens

Parece que en Sudáfrica no se tragarían la historia de que fueron los empleados.  Serán investigados for autoridades regulatorias en materia de auditoría. El 22 de setiembre nos dimos cuenta.

The audit firm will also be facing an investigation from the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, which is setting up a probe into members who were part of the KPMG scandal. - Ex-KPMG man in new Gupta probe

Las empresas más preocupadas por garantizar la transparencia a sus accionistas ha despedido a KPMG.  Otras empresas menos activistas prefieren esperar.  Parece que los inversores tienen el poder de presionar.

South Africa’s shareholder activism is following international trends. This is partly function of the fact that over 50% of the market capitalisation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange is owned by foreigners. Shareholder activists are using their powers as company owners to examine company financial reports, monitor executive remuneration, enforce good corporate governance, and push for increased sustainability and transparency. KPMG has a client base of about 70 listed companies in South Africa. This means that pressure from shareholder activists is likely to pile up. Some companies have already cancelled their use of KPMG services and others have stated that they are reconsidering their relationship. - What the KPMG SA saga says about shareholder activism

Actualmente se investiga alegatos de presunto lavado de dinero por parte de los Gupta.

Dubai, through its central bank, is looking into allegations of money laundering involving the Gupta family, says Hamad Buamim, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry leader - UAE central bank probes Gupta money laundering

Esto nos recuerda aquello que vimos, cuando Enron cayó y se trajo abajo a la megafirma autidora y consultora Andersen Consulting.  ¿Seguirá KPMG el mismo destino o acaso se salvará?

 

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