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December 5, 2011 Olympus' investigation panel to release report

Source: MarketWatch

third-party panel set up by Olympus Corp. (7733.TO, OCPNY) to investigate the company's coverup of investment losses since the 1990s is set to release a final report on the probe on Tuesday, Kyodo News reported Saturday, citing...

December 2, 2011 Analysis: MF Global proves Enron-era accounting lives on

Source: Reuters UK

The off-balance-sheet accounting methods that Enron and Lehman Brothers made famous in their epic failures years ago have a modern-day poster child: MF Global. Like its predecessors, the bankrupt brokerage formerly run by Jon...

December 2, 2011 How do key countries rank on corruption?

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Every year, the group Transparency International releases its Corruption Perception Index, which measures the perception of corruption – misuse of public resources, bribery, and backdoor deals, to name a few – in countries...

December 2, 2011 Massachusetts sues major banks over unlawful foreclosure practices such as robo-signing

Source: Washington Post

NEW YORK — Massachusetts sued five major banks Thursday over deceptive foreclosure practices such as the “robo-signing” of documents, potentially undermining negotiations between lenders and state prosecutors across the nation...

December 1, 2011 Japan’s ‘Window Dressing’ Hid Olympus Fraud: Douglas Skinner

Source: Bloomberg

The recent disclosure of a longstanding accounting fraud at Olympus Corp. (7733) has drawn fresh attention to Japan’s corporate-governance practices, and raises important concerns for investors in companies there. Based on what...

November 30, 2011 James Murdoch survives as BSkyB chairman but opponents muster 19% protest vote

Source: This is Money

James Murdoch has seen off a rebellion against his chairmanship of BSkyB after winning 81.24 per cent of the vote at a shareholder meeting in London.

November 29, 2011 Search for Olympus Scam Advisers Highlights Hong Kong Links

Source: BusinessWeek

Japanese bankers whose firm helped Olympus Corp. conceal losses by channeling inflated fees on a 2008 takeover through offshore funds are operating in Hong Kong, where they have run a web of shelf companies and rented luxury...

November 29, 2011 Royal Bank of Scotland company agrees to $52 million settlement with state over its role in subprime lending

Source: Boston.com

A subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland will pay $52 million for its role in the state's "subprime mortgage meltdown," Attorney General Martha Coakley said today, in an agreement that will help more than 700 Massachusetts...

November 28, 2011 Business ethics

Source: Nappa Valley Register

There is an oft-quoted story of a chicken and pig who, while walking down the street, come upon a diner. A sign in the window reads, “Ham and egg breakfast, $2.95.” The chicken says to the pig, “Why don’t we go in and have...

November 28, 2011 Quality of CSR reports 'appalling at times'

Source: CorpComma

UK companies are frequently disclosing incorrect and irrelevant data in their CSR reports, according to researchers at the University of Leeds and Euromed Management School.

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