“I’d say the institute could be a little bit nervous about what I might do”
Sinead Donovan, the chairperson of Grant Thornton, has strong views about the future of the accountancy profession – and the wider corporate boardroom. As the incoming president of Chartered Accountants Ireland, she will have a platform to advance her agenda.
The man from Mazars: Tom O’Brien on inflation, expansion and tackling the Big Four
As managing partner of Mazars, Tom O’Brien leads a growing firm in an industry in flux. In this interview, he talks about being a liquidator during the crash, his ambitions for Mazars and the outlook for the Irish economy.
Accountancy giants are cutting ties with Moscow. Will this extend to the books they watch for Russian firms in Ireland?
EY and Grant Thornton are the registered auditors of Irish companies channelling multi-billion-dollar Russian interests, now targeted by international sanctions. They are severing ties with partner firms in Russia, but what will happen in Ireland is less clear.
Big accountancy firms have long given money to trainees when they pass professional exams. Revenue say it is now taxable
A major accountancy firm is on the hook for a €1.4 million tax bill after the Tax Appeals Commission ruled that its exam payments to trainees are taxable. Tax expert Eoin O'Shea examines what it means for other firms.
An accounting scandal at a UK cafe chain rumbles on. Three years on, how is it doing for its new Irish owners?
Dublin private equity firm Causeway Capital bought Patisserie Valerie out of administration following a collapse that has just seen the UK chain's former auditors fined over £2 million. It has not been an easy ride, but the new owners say they can turn the business around.
Big pharma and big tech, investment funds, family businesses and Larry Goodman: who is choosing to wind up companies and why?
The volume of assets realised through members’ voluntary liquidations has increased nearly 30-fold during the first five months of this year. Why do so many shareholders agree to shut down their company and walk with the cash?
“Choke us like a viper”: Inside Revenue’s battle with one of Ireland’s top accountancy firms over retired partners’ payments
A major accountancy firm paid older partners to leave and clear the way for new talent. However, in a dispute that has implications for hundreds of other partnerships, Revenue is challenging the tax status of the payments. A High Court case looms.
Michael McAteer: “You have to remember when you are dealing with insolvency, it is a people business“
Michael McAteer presided over the wreckage of the financial crash, steering brands from Eircom to The Sunday Business Post back from the precipice. He started as an office boy and worked his way up to become one of Ireland’s leading accountants and insolvency practitioners.