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Jim Peterson is an American lawyer, concentrating on complex multinational disputes, litigation and financial information.
He has represented the international accounting firms and large global companies in disputes, negotiations, government agency proceedings and standard-setting.
After ten years in the litigation department of a Wall Street law firm, in 1982 he joined the internal legal group of the Arthur Andersen firm. He became a partner of Andersen Worldwide in 1985, based in Chicago and later in Paris. He retired from the firm in 2001 and established his solo law practice.
“Balance Sheet,” his financial and accountancy column, ran biweekly in the International Herald Tribune from 2002 until 2008, when he migrated his writing to his blog, “Re:Balance.”
Since 2009 he has taught a graduate-level course in Risk Management at business and law schools in Chicago — the University of Chicago Law School, DePaul University, and the College of Law of the University of Illinois — and in Paris at the law school of the University of Cergy-Pontoise.
He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College and the Yale Law School.
He divides his practice, teaching and residential time between Paris and Chicago.
- I Introduction — The Past — History and Context
- II The Present State of Big Audit
- III A Taxonomy of the Non-Solutions
- IV The Acts and Attitudes of the Players in Big Audit
- V The Uncertain Future of the Big Four
- Timeline: An Abbreviated History — The Origins of the Big Eight, and How They Shrank to Four
- Glossary — Abbreviations, Acronyms and Cast of Central Characters
- Note on Sources
- Thanks and Acknowledgments
- About the Author