The ongoing dispute where the China units of the Big Four accounting firms are banned from auditing US-listed companies, might drag into next year, fears accounting expert Paul Gillis, missing the fillings for April 2015. He pleads for a negotiated solution, but is not hopeful China and the US can work out a deal.
VIE structures are highly scrutinized and Beida professor Paul Gillis is fighting those structures via the Cayman Islands and other tax havens, although they need economic reforms to be iradicated. On his accounting website he looks at the IPO document Alibaba had to file and awards them the golden VIE standard.
Relaxing capital controls is needed fast, argues Beida professor Paul Gillis at his accounting weblog, as he analyses the position of Chukong Holdings Limited. They filed last week for a US IPO, but also use a so-called variable interest entity (VIE) structure, a source of many problems, argues Gillis.
Getting listed is notorious difficult for Chinese companies, because getting permissions in mainland China is tough. But there is hope, writes professor Paul Gillis in the Wall Street Journal, as regulators in China and Singapore recently signed an agreement to let private companies list directly. Now such an agreement is needed between China and the US.
The world´s four largest auditing firms are up in arms, as their China division as the SEC rules against them. But the real victims are their Chinese clients, warns Peking University professor Paul Gillis on his accouting weblog. Not only listed firms, but all companies working with the big four.