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Litigation risk and audit fees: evidence from UK firms cross-listed on US markets

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posted on 2024-06-04, 06:53 authored by A Seetharaman, Ferdinand GulFerdinand Gul, SG Lynn
Two ingredients necessary to examine the relation between litigation risk and audit pricing are (a) a litigious legal environment, and (b) publicly disclosed auditor remuneration. We combine both ingredients by focusing on UK firms offering to sell their securities publicly in the United States. We find that UK auditors charge higher fees for their services when their clients access US, but not non-US, capital markets. Further, we show that the higher fees cannot be fully explained by the SEC's extensive disclosure requirements. Rather, these findings are consistent with audit fees reflecting risk differences across liability regimes.

History

Journal

Journal of accounting and economics

Volume

33

Pagination

91-115

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0165-4101

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Elsevier Science B.V.

Issue

1

Publisher

Elsevier