Regulators think that companies are too shy when it comes to airing their views on fundamental accounting issues.
Accounting bodies, regulators and other financial experts gather in London to bemoan political interference in the standard-setting process and to discuss a timetable for overhauling rules on valuing financial instruments.
KPN, Swiss Life, AP Møller-Mærsk, SVG Capital
Outraged by office politics? Frustrated by frozen pay? It may be time to be your own boss.
Balancing efficacy and expediency, the international accounting standards setter settles on a timetable for amending fair-value rules.
Finance executives' biggest worries? Cash, cash and cash.
UniCredit, Allied Irish Banks, Banque Populaire/Caisse d'Epargne, Prudential, FirstGroup
Gea, Lufthansa, Spanair, RHI, Symrise
At a meeting in London, global financial experts discuss what counts as "substantial" accounting convergence, how to fend off political pressure, and when the U.S. should cut bait.
ASM International, Ciba, Grontmij, Breevast, Aspocomp