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Big Five Evolution: The Implications of Going Public

Published: 13 August 2001

ID: G00100030

Analyst(s): Martin Lee


As private companies, Big Five accounting/consulting firms were not required to report detailed information about their operations to the public. However, in response to SEC pressure to spin off consulting businesses, many consulting firms will soon go -- or already have gone -- public. This Research Brief examines the impact of financial disclosures and other changes facing Big Five consulting firms that go public.

Table Of Contents
  • SEC Regulation of Accounting Consultants
    • Going Public
  • Gartner Dataquest Perspective
    • Motivations for and Against Going Public

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