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  1. Andrew Smithers

    July 8, 2014

    With GDP, facts depend on how you measure them

    US gross domestic product was increased last year by much more than the growth of the economy. This sleight of hand was...

  2. October 7, 2013

    The danger of a rush of power to the head

    Silvio Berlusconi and Jack Ma do not have much in common. The 77-year-old Italian politician is at the end of his leadership...

  1. August 15, 2013

    Will banks be safer if the London whale gets harpooned?

    And so the drama moves on to a courtroom. Two prime traders in JPMorgan Chase’s “London whale” misadventure have been...

  2. July 17, 2013

    Cricket, tax and when to do the right thing

    The world’s first international cricket match took place in 1844 in New York between the US and Canada. That cricketing...

  3. June 21, 2013

    Jailed Enron chief has sentence cut

    Jeffrey Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron, had 10 years taken off his 24-year jail sentence, giving him the...

  4. May 8, 2013

    Jailed Enron chief could see sentence shortened by 10 years

    Jeffrey Skilling, the former Enron chief executive serving a 24-year prison term, could see his sentence shortened to 14...

  5. April 5, 2013

    Week in review, April 6

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Corporate person in the news: Jeffrey...

  6. April 4, 2013

    Skilling in talks on early jail release

    Jeffrey Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron who was jailed for 24 years for his role in the company’s downfall,...

  7. May 10, 2012

    Life lessons for the office

    Clayton Christensen achieves the difficult feat for a tall, broad man of being at once imposing and humble. When I visited...

  8. January 24, 2012

    Jury selection incomplete for Stanford trial

    The first day of jury selection in the trial of Allen Stanford, the Texas banker and cricket aficionado accused of running a...

  9. October 17, 2011

    Ten years on, Enron remains an open sore

    Under the surface of the current anti-capitalist protests, from Wall Street to the City of London, is a decade-old sore that...

  10. July 7, 2011

    Shooting messengers: hold fire

    Eurozone officials may soon learn the hard way that shooting the messenger is all too often a precursor to shooting yourself...

  11. April 25, 2011

    In the post-crisis world, risk must be sensibly priced

    “Let’s trade!” Jeffrey Skilling’s primordial cry in Enron The Musical, about the rise and fall of the Texas energy group,...

  12. March 3, 2011

    McKinsey faces risks as Gupta case unfolds

    One thing is certain: insider trading charges against Rajat Gupta, former global managing director of McKinsey, will not...

  13. January 6, 2011

    John Wells returns to Harvard to teach strategy

    John Wells, former president of IMD in Switzerland, has returned to his alma mater, Harvard Business School. He has resumed...

  14. December 7, 2010

    Love the bearer of bad news

    In Sophocles’ play Antigone, a sentry reports the burial of Polyneices to King Creon. The sentry acknowledges that no one...

  15. December 6, 2010

    An unlikely inspiration: Enron’s Jeff Skilling

    Beware hubris: Jeff Skilling I have been most inspired in recent years by an unlikely source. He is a man who was regarded...

  16. November 1, 2010

    US court forced into review of Enron case

    A US federal appeals court is reviewing whether to uphold the conviction of Jeff Skilling, former chief executive of Enron,...

  17. September 29, 2010

    Legislation urged to fill Skilling ‘void’

    New legislation is needed to “fill the void” in prosecuting corporate and public corruption created by a recent Supreme...

  18. July 31, 2010

    The role of remorse in court convictions

    Conrad Black – Crime: Fraud; Sentence: Six-and-a-half years; Date: 2007; Despite what the trial judge called his “stunning...

  19. July 20, 2010

    Disgraced peer close to gaining his freedom

    Conrad Black and his wife Barbara Amiel (right) arrive at the federal court in Chicago for his sentencing in December 2007...

  20. June 27, 2010

    Executive honesty

    The Supreme Court is ending its term with a bang as far as US companies and their senior executives are concerned. Last...

  21. FT Alphaville

    June 25, 2010

    Supreme Court finds fault in Skilling conviction

    The US Supreme Court on Thursday put strict new limits on prosecutors’ ability to charge white collar criminals in a...

  22. June 25, 2010

    White-collar charges curbed by court ruling

    The US Supreme Court yesterday put strict new limits on prosecutors' ability to charge white-collar criminals in a decision...

  23. June 24, 2010

    Supreme Court finds fault in Skilling conviction

    The US Supreme Court on Thursday put strict new limits on prosecutors’ ability to charge white collar criminals in a...

  24. April 28, 2010

    The smartest thing in the room

    Enron , directed by Rupert Goold, boasts the slickest new production on Broadway. Neon flashes spectacularly, smoke spirals...

  25. March 2, 2010

    Court hears Enron chief's appeal

    The US Supreme Court is examining whether a law that helped prosecutors put white-collar criminals such as Jeffrey Skilling...

  26. March 2, 2010

    US top court hears Enron chief’s appeal

    The US Supreme Court is examining whether a law that helped prosecutors put white collar criminals such as Jeffrey Skilling...

  27. February 16, 2010

    True and fair values melt under a spotlight

    I never imagined that mark-to-market accounting would be the theme of a sell-out musical comedy. Or that actors would...

  28. January 28, 2010

    Enron

    Only a few hours before Enron 's West End opening, Rupert Goold received the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for best director...

  29. September 25, 2009

    No accounting for human greed

    Michael Frayn did it with quantum mechanics, Simon McBurney did it with maths, now Lucy Prebble has done it with...

  30. September 24, 2009

    Enron, Royal Court, London

    Michael Frayn did it with quantum mechanics, Simon McBurney did it with maths, now Lucy Prebble has done it with accounting....

  31. September 11, 2009

    ‘Enron’, Royal Court, London

    Three years ago a young playwright approached the director Rupert Goold with a bizarre idea for a musical about corporate...

  32. July 31, 2009

    On Wall St: Banker baiting has gone too far

    “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks,” said Barack Obama according to stunned bankers...

  33. July 5, 2009

    Madoff lawyer says he would do it all again

    The man who defended Bernard Madoff would not hesitate to do it again. “Absolutely,” says Ira Sorkin, who vigorously argued...

  34. July 2, 2009

    Stanford CFO intends to admit fraud charges

    James Davis, the chief financial officer of Stanford Financial who is facing charges related to an alleged $7bn fraud at...

  35. July 1, 2009

    Stanford CFO intends to admit fraud charges

    James Davis, the chief financial officer of Stanford Financial who is facing charges related to an alleged $7bn fraud at the...

  36. January 8, 2009

    Taking its place in the rogues' gallery of mega-frauds

    The Satyam scandal is drawing comparisons with other mega-frauds in the past decade, writes Brooke Masters. Enron, the...

  37. November 18, 2008

    Every fool knows it is a job for government

    Alan Greenspan's admission of "shocked disbelief" at banks' failure to protect shareholders was like someone who had always...

  38. November 17, 2008

    Every fool knows it’s a job for government

    Alan Greenspan’s admission of “shocked disbelief” at banks’ failure to protect shareholders was like someone who had always...

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