I thought that this was a great book. As an accounting regulator, who once described acquisition accounting as ‘the black hole of British accounting’, I’ve spent much of my professional life stamping out creative accounting abuses. There is more to do. As this well researched book reveals, M and A activity has soared over the last few decades and yet, shockingly, 70% of these business combinations fail. While the economy and often shareholders suffer as a result, CEOs, directors, investment banks, advisors and fund managers gain at our expense through misaligned incentives in a dysfunctional market. This work is a loud wake up call to governments, regulators and non-executive directors to tear apart and redesign the present system which rewards the few while damaging so many.
Sir David Tweedie
Former chair of the International Accounting Standards Board and other policy bodies; former national technical partner of Big4 accounting firm KMPG.