Introductory Accounting, Finance and Auditing for Lawyers

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Thomson West, 2004 - Law - 509 pages
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Introductory Accounting, Finance and Auditing for Lawyers, Fourth Edition, continues to be packed with incisive substance on accounting and finance, and also emphasizes the role of auditing in the financial reporting process, an element given substantial new weight under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Fourth Edition reflects the significant developments in the world of accounting, finance and auditing, including those generated by the major scandals such as Enron and the responses generated by Sarbanes-Oxley, from the Act itself, to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to the SEC. The book retains the same basic architecture, narrative style, problems, and pitch to law students as in previous editions, and adds substantial new material. Additions include three entirely new Chapters, several new Sections added to existing Chapters, new Tables, and enhanced technical formatting. New Chapters include Audit Practice, an introduction to the key features of a financial audit including an Illustration and Problem concerning the leading statistical sampling techniques auditors apply in tests of internal control over financial reporting. Another new Chapter is Finance Theory, a rigorous but still introductory account of modern portfolio theory, CAPM and efficient market theory with critiques from behavioral finance inspired in part by the Enron-style accounting scandals. Previous users of the book will find all the familiar Illustrations and Problems, along with a solid dose of new materials geared toward the increasing reliance being placed on auditing, audit committees, and corporate governance in the era ushered in by Sarbanes-Oxley and PCAOB.

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Lawrence A. Cunningham is author of the bestselling The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America as well as a number of textbooks and supplements. As director of the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at Cardozo Law School, Professor Cunningham is a leading expert in three fields that are essential to successful investing--accounting, finance, and corporate governance. He has been featured in Forbes and Money, as well as on CNN and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and is frequently invited to speak to investment groups throughout North America.

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