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SEC fails to reach agreement with Chinese regulators on document sharing

The China affiliates of the biggest accounting firms in the world have been placed in real jeopardy due to the stalled negotiations between US and Chinese regulators over document sharing. On 3 December, the US Securities and Exchange Commission brought an administrative proceeding against BDO China Dahua CPA Co Ltd, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Certified Public Accountants Ltd, Ernst & Young Hua Ming LLP, KPMG Huazhen (Special General Partnership), and PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited based on their refusal to produce audit work papers and other documents relating to Chinese companies under investigation by the SEC. The accounting firms claim that their hands are tied because their Chinese regulators have refused to authorise the document production.

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CityPoint
1 Ropemaker Street
London
EC2Y 9HU
UK

Global turnover 2011: $963.5m
Global lawyers: 820
Jurisdiction: US
No. of offices: 5
No. of qualified lawyers: 66 (International 50)