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Der Energiekonzern Enron gehörte zu den größten Konzernen der USA und hatte seinen Firmensitz in Houston, Texas. Enron bezeichnete sich in. Der Energiekonzern Enron gehörte zu den größten Konzernen der USA und hatte seinen Firmensitz in Houston, Texas. Enron bezeichnete sich in Veröffentlichungen gerne als „The World's Greatest Company“ und wurde von zahlreichen Medien für lange Zeit. Enron zaubert aus Schulden Gewinne. Jeffrey Skilling bei einer Anhörung im US-Kongress (Foto: imago images / ZUMA Press). Am. Der Enron-Skandal aus dem Jahr war der größte Bilanzskandal in der US-​Geschichte. Das Unternehmen aus Texas war mit dem Handel. Der Energie-Konzern Enron war einst nach Börsenwert das siebtgrößte Unternehmen der USA. Nach einer Konjunkturschwäche versuchte das.

Enron

Der Enron-Skandal aus dem Jahr war der größte Bilanzskandal in der US-​Geschichte. Das Unternehmen aus Texas war mit dem Handel. Enron zaubert aus Schulden Gewinne. Jeffrey Skilling bei einer Anhörung im US-Kongress (Foto: imago images / ZUMA Press). Am. Der Enron-Fall ist nicht nur ein Musterbeispiel für das Versagen der Kontrollorgane, sondern auch für ein weitverzweigtes Netzwerk von Beziehungen zwischen.

Swaps were established at the time the stock price achieved its maximum. The gain was responsible for offsetting its stock portfolio losses and was attributed to nearly a third of Enron's earnings for before it was properly restated in On paper, Enron had a model board of directors comprising predominantly outsiders with significant ownership stakes and a talented audit committee.

In its review of best corporate boards, Chief Executive included Enron among its five best boards.

Although Enron's compensation and performance management system was designed to retain and reward its most valuable employees, the system contributed to a dysfunctional corporate culture that became obsessed with short-term earnings to maximize bonuses.

Employees constantly tried to start deals, often disregarding the quality of cash flow or profits, in order to get a better rating for their performance review.

Additionally, accounting results were recorded as soon as possible to keep up with the company's stock price. This practice helped ensure deal-makers and executives received large cash bonuses and stock options.

The company was constantly emphasizing its stock price. Management was compensated extensively using stock options , similar to other U.

This policy of stock option awards caused management to create expectations of rapid growth in efforts to give the appearance of reported earnings to meet Wall Street's expectations.

Enron's proxy statement stated that, within three years, these awards were expected to be exercised. Skilling believed that if employees were constantly worried about cost, it would hinder original thinking.

Employees had large expense accounts and many executives were paid sometimes twice as much as competitors.

Before its scandal, Enron was lauded for its sophisticated financial risk management tools. Enron established long-term fixed commitments which needed to be hedged to prepare for the invariable fluctuation of future energy prices.

By hedging its risks with special purpose entities which it owned, Enron retained the risks associated with the transactions.

This arrangement had Enron implementing hedges with itself. Enron's aggressive accounting practices were not hidden from the board of directors, as later learned by a Senate subcommittee.

The board was informed of the rationale for using the Whitewing, LJM, and Raptor transactions, and after approving them, received status updates on the entities' operations.

Although not all of Enron's widespread improper accounting practices were revealed to the board, the practices were dependent on board decisions.

The Senate subcommittee argued that had there been a detailed understanding of how the derivatives were organized, the board would have prevented their use.

Enron's auditor firm, Arthur Andersen , was accused of applying reckless standards in its audits because of a conflict of interest over the significant consulting fees generated by Enron.

The auditor's methods were questioned as either being completed solely to receive its annual fees or for its lack of expertise in properly reviewing Enron's revenue recognition, special entities, derivatives, and other accounting practices.

The accountants searched for new ways to save the company money, including capitalizing on loopholes found in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles GAAP , the accounting industry's standards.

All the rules create all these opportunities. We got to where we did because we exploited that weakness. Andersen's auditors were pressured by Enron's management to defer recognizing the charges from the special purpose entities as its credit risks became known.

Since the entities would never return a profit, accounting guidelines required that Enron should take a write-off , where the value of the entity was removed from the balance sheet at a loss.

In one case, Andersen's Houston office, which performed the Enron audit, was able to overrule any critical reviews of Enron's accounting decisions by Andersen's Chicago partner.

In addition, after news of U. Securities and Exchange Commission SEC investigations of Enron were made public, Andersen would later shred several tons of relevant documents and delete nearly 30, e-mails and computer files, causing accusations of a cover-up.

Revelations concerning Andersen's overall performance led to the break-up of the firm, and to the following assessment by the Powers Committee appointed by Enron's board to look into the firm's accounting in October : "The evidence available to us suggests that Andersen did not fulfill its professional responsibilities in connection with its audits of Enron's financial statements, or its obligation to bring to the attention of Enron's Board or the Audit and Compliance Committee concerns about Enron's internal contracts over the related-party transactions".

Corporate Audit committees usually meet just a few times during the year, and their members typically have only modest experience with accounting and finance.

Enron's audit committee had more expertise than many. It included: [33]. Enron's audit committee was later criticized for its brief meetings that would cover large amounts of material.

In one meeting on February 12, , the committee met for an hour and a half. Enron's audit committee did not have the technical knowledge to question the auditors properly on accounting issues related to the company's special purpose entities.

The committee was also unable to question the company's management due to pressures on the committee. When Enron's scandal became public, the audit committee's conflicts of interest were regarded with suspicion.

Commentators attributed the mismanagement behind Enron's fall to a variety of ethical and political-economic causes. Ethical explanations centered on executive greed and hubris, a lack of corporate social responsibility, situation ethics, and get-it-done business pragmatism.

Enron made a habit of booking costs of cancelled projects as assets, with the rationale that no official letter had stated that the project was cancelled.

In , when analysts were given a tour of the Enron Energy Services office, they were impressed with how the employees were working so vigorously.

In reality, Skilling had moved other employees to the office from other departments instructing them to pretend to work hard to create the appearance that the division was larger than it was.

Berenson and R. Oppel, Jr. The New York Times , Oct 28, On September 20, , a reporter at The Wall Street Journal Dallas bureau wrote a story about how mark-to-market accounting had become prevalent in the energy industry.

He noted that outsiders had no real way of knowing the assumptions on which companies that use mark-to-market base their earnings. While it only appeared in the Texas Journal, the Texas regional edition of the Journal, short-seller Jim Chanos happened to read it and decided to check Enron's K report for himself.

He didn't think it made sense that Enron's broadband unit appeared to far outpace a then-troubled broadband industry. He also noticed that the company was burning through its invested capital, and was alarmed by the large chunks of stock being sold by insiders.

In November , he decided to short Enron's stock. In February , Chief Accounting Officer Rick Causey told budget managers: "From an accounting standpoint, this will be our easiest year ever.

We've got in the bag. McLean was first drawn to the company's financial situation after Chanos suggested she view the company's K for herself.

McLean telephoned Skilling to discuss her findings prior to publishing the article, but he called her "unethical" for not properly researching the company.

We don't want to tell anyone where we're making money. When Grubman complained that Enron was the only company that could not release a balance sheet along with its earnings statements, Skilling stammered "Well uh Thank you very much, we appreciate it As time passed, a number of serious concerns confronted the company.

Enron had recently faced several serious operational challenges, namely logistical difficulties in operating a new broadband communications trading unit, and the losses from constructing the Dabhol Power project , a large gas powered power plant in India that had been mired in controversy since the beginning in relation to its high pricing and bribery at the highest level.

Skilling cited personal reasons for leaving the company. The next day, however, Skilling admitted that a very significant reason for his departure was Enron's faltering price in the stock market.

The broader goal of [Krugman's] latest attack on Enron appears to be to discredit the free-market system, a system that entrusts people to make choices and enjoy the fruits of their labor, skill, intellect and heart.

He would apparently rely on a system of monopolies controlled or sponsored by government to make choices for people.

We disagree, finding ourselves less trusting of the integrity and good faith of such institutions and their leaders.

The example Mr. Krugman cites of " financialization " run amok the electricity market in California is the product of exactly his kind of system, with active government intervention at every step.

Indeed, the only winners in the California fiasco were the government-owned utilities of Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

The disaster that squandered the wealth of California was born of regulation by the few, not by markets of the many. On August 15, Sherron Watkins , vice president for corporate development, sent an anonymous letter to Lay warning him about the company's accounting practices.

One statement in the letter said: "I am incredibly nervous that we will implode in a wave of accounting scandals.

On August 22, Watkins met individually with Lay and gave him a six-page letter further explaining Enron's accounting issues.

He also named Mark Frevert as vice chairman, and appointed Whalley and Frevert to positions in the chairman's office.

Some observers suggested that Enron's investors were in significant need of reassurance, not only because the company's business was difficult to understand even "indecipherable" [58] but also because it was difficult to properly describe the company in financial statements.

He also explained that the complexity of the business was due largely to tax strategies and position-hedging. In addition, the company admitted to repeatedly using "related-party transactions," which some feared could be too-easily used to transfer losses that might otherwise appear on Enron's own balance sheet.

A particularly troubling aspect of this technique was that several of the "related-party" entities had been or were being controlled by CFO Fastow.

After the September 11 attacks media attention shifted away from the company and its troubles; a little less than a month later Enron announced its intention to begin the process of selling its lower-margin assets in favor of its core businesses of gas and electricity trading.

On October 16, , Enron announced that restatements to its financial statements for years to were necessary to correct accounting violations.

In a statement, Lay said, "After a thorough review of our businesses, we have decided to take these charges to clear away issues that have clouded the performance and earnings potential of our core energy businesses.

David Fleischer at Goldman Sachs , an analyst termed previously 'one of the company's strongest supporters' asserted that the Enron management " They need to convince investors these earnings are real, that the company is for real and that growth will be realized.

Two days later, on October 25, Fastow was removed as CFO, despite Lay's assurances as early as the previous day that he and the board had confidence in him.

In announcing Fastow's ouster, Lay said, "In my continued discussions with the financial community, it became clear to me that restoring investor confidence would require us to replace Andy as CFO.

His first task was to deal with a cash crisis. A day earlier, Enron discovered that it was unable to roll its commercial paper , effectively losing access to several billion dollars in financing.

The company had actually experienced difficulty selling its commercial paper for a week, but was now unable to sell even overnight paper.

Enron financed the re-purchase by depleting its lines of credit at several banks. While the company's debt rating was still considered investment-grade , its bonds were trading at levels slightly less, making future sales problematic.

McMahon and a "financial SWAT team" put together to find a way out of the cash crisis discovered that Fastow never developed procedures for tracking cash or debt maturities.

For all intents and purposes, Enron was illiquid. As the month came to a close, serious concerns were being raised by some observers regarding Enron's possible manipulation of accepted accounting rules; however, analysis was claimed to be impossible based on the incomplete information provided by Enron.

Enron's tremendous presence worried some about the consequences of the company's possible bankruptcy.

The main short-term danger to Enron's survival at the end of October seemed to be its credit rating. It was reported at the time that Moody's and Fitch , two of the three biggest credit-rating agencies, had slated Enron for review for possible downgrade.

Additionally, all manner of companies began reviewing their existing contracts with Enron, especially in the long term, in the event that Enron's rating were lowered below investment grade, a possible hindrance for future transactions.

Analysts and observers continued their complaints regarding the difficulty or impossibility of properly assessing a company whose financial statements were so cryptic.

Some feared that no one at Enron apart from Skilling and Fastow could completely explain years of mysterious transactions.

Moody's also warned that it would downgrade Enron's commercial paper rating, the consequence of which would likely prevent the company from finding the further financing it sought to keep solvent.

November began with the disclosure that the SEC was now pursuing a formal investigation, prompted by questions related to Enron's dealings with "related parties".

Enron's board also announced that it would commission a special committee to investigate the transactions, directed by William C.

Powers , the dean of the University of Texas law school. Sources claimed that Enron was planning to explain its business practices more fully within the coming days, as a confidence-building gesture.

However, investors worried that the company would not be able to find a buyer. With Enron in a state of near collapse, the deal was largely on Dynegy's terms.

Dynegy would be the surviving company, and Dynegy CEO Charles Watson and his management team would head the merged company.

Enron shareholders would get a 40 percent stake in the enlarged Dynegy, and Enron would get three seats on the merged company's board.

Lay would not have any management role, though it was presumed he would get one of Enron's seats on the board.

Of Enron's senior executives, only Whalley would join the merged company's C-suite, as an executive vice president. As a measure of how dire Enron's financial picture had become, the company initially balked at paying its bills for November until the credit agencies gave the merger their blessing and allowed Enron to keep its credit at investment grade.

By this time, the Dynegy deal was virtually the only thing keeping the company alive, and Enron officials wanted to keep as much cash in the company's coffers in the event of bankruptcy.

Commentators remarked on the different corporate cultures between Dynegy and Enron, and on Watson's "straight-talking" personality.

The corrections resulted in the virtual elimination of profit for fiscal year , with significant reductions for the other years.

Despite this disclosure, Dynegy declared it still intended to purchase Enron. In addition, concerns were raised regarding antitrust regulatory restrictions resulting in possible divestiture , along with what to some observers were the radically different corporate cultures of Enron and Dynegy.

Both companies promoted the deal aggressively, and some observers were hopeful; Watson was praised for attempting to create the largest company on the energy market.

Credit issues were becoming more critical, however. Watson again attempted to re-assure, attesting at a presentation to investors that there was "nothing wrong with Enron's business".

It pretty much wiped out every employee's savings plan. Watson assured investors that the true nature of Enron's business had been made apparent to him: "We have comfort there is not another shoe to drop.

If there is no shoe, this is a phenomenally good transaction. Such debts were "vastly in excess" of its available cash. In a statement, Enron revealed "An adverse outcome with respect to any of these matters would likely have a material adverse impact on Enron's ability to continue as a going concern.

Two days later, on November 21, Wall Street expressed serious doubts that Dynegy would proceed with its deal at all, or would seek to radically renegotiate.

Analysts were unnerved at the revelation, especially since Dynegy was reported to have also been unaware of Enron's rate of cash use.

It subsequently emerged that Enron's traders had grabbed much of the money from Dynegy's cash infusion and used it to guarantee payment to their trading partners when it came time to settle up.

The SEC announced it had filed civil fraud complaints against Andersen. Observers were reporting difficulties in ascertaining which of Enron's operations, if any, were profitable.

Reports described an en masse shift of business to Enron's competitors for the sake of risk exposure reduction. On November 28, , Enron's two worst possible outcomes came true.

Credit rating agencies all reduced Enron's credit rating to junk status, and Dynegy's board tore up the merger agreement on Watson's advice.

Under the leadership of CEO Robert Herring from to , the company became a large dominant force in the energy industry with a large pipeline network as a result from a prosperous period of growth in the early to mids.

This growth was largely a result of the exploitation of the unregulated Texas natural gas market and the commodity surge in the early s.

Toward the end of the s, HNG's luck began to run out with rising gas prices forcing clients to switch to oil. In addition, with the passing of the Natural Gas Policy Act of , the Texas market was more difficult to profit from and as a result, HNG's profits fell.

After Herring's death in , M. Matthews briefly took over as CEO in a 3-year stint with initial success, but ultimately, a big dip in earnings led to his exit.

In , Kenneth Lay succeeded Matthews and inherited the troubled, but large diversified energy conglomerate. InterNorth, in its conservative success, became a target of corporate takeovers, the most prominent being corporate raider Irwin Jacobs.

The combined assets of the two companies would create the second largest gas pipeline system at the time in the United States.

Lay moved the headquarters of the new company back to energy capital Houston. The name was eventually dismissed over its apparent likening to an intestine and shortened to "Enron".

In addition, the company began to ramp up its electric power and natural gas efforts. In and , the company began adding power plants and cogeneration units to its portfolio.

Enron adopted the idea and called it the "Gas Bank". The division's success prompted Skilling to join Enron as the head of the Gas Bank in Over the course of the s, Enron made a few changes to its business plan that greatly improved the perceived profitability of the company.

First, Enron invested heavily in overseas assets, specifically energy. Another major shift was the gradual transition of focus from a producer of energy to a company that acted more like an investment firm and sometimes a hedge fund , making profits off the margins of the products it traded.

Skilling hired Andrew Fastow in to help with this. Starting in under the Energy Policy Act of , Congress allowed states to deregulate their electricity utilities, allowing them to be opened for competition.

California was one such state to do so. Enron, seeing an opportunity with rising prices, was eager to jump into the market.

Although an Oregon utility, it had potential to begin serving the massive California market since PGE was a regulated utility.

The new Enron division, Enron Energy, ramped up its efforts by offering discounts to potential customers in California for switching their electric supplier to Enron from their previous supplier, starting in Enron Energy also began to sell natural gas to customers in Ohio and wind power in Iowa.

As fiber optic technology progressed in the s, multiple companies, including Enron, attempted to make money by "keeping the continuing network costs low," which was done by owning their own network.

It launched a secret plan to build an enormous amount of fiber optic transmission capacity in Las Vegas In January , Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling announced to analysts that they were going to open trading for their own "high-speed fiber-optic networks that form the backbone for Internet traffic".

However, Enron's accounting would use estimates to determine how much their dark fiber would be worth when "lit" and apply those estimates to their current income, adding exaggerated revenue to their accounts since transactions were not yet made and it was not known if the cables would ever be active.

Enron's trading with other energy companies within the broadband market was its attempt to lure large telecommunications companies, such as Verizon Communications , into its broadband scheme to create its own new market.

By the second quarter of , Enron Broadband Services was reporting losses. On March 12, , a proposed year deal between Enron and Blockbuster Inc.

Following the bankruptcy of Enron, telecommunications holdings were sold for "pennies on the dollar".

Enron's "fiber plans were so secretive that few people even knew about the auction. Enron, seeing stability after the merger, began to look overseas for new possible energy opportunities in Enron's first such opportunity was a natural gas power plant utilizing cogeneration that the company built in Teesside, UK.

Mark and EI believed the water industry was the next market to be deregulated by authorities and seeing the potential, searched for ways to enter the market, similar to PGE.

In , Enron's Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Skilling hired Andrew Fastow , who was well acquainted with the burgeoning deregulated energy market that Skilling wanted to exploit.

However, this also allowed Enron to transfer some of its liabilities so that they would not appear in its accounts, allowing it to maintain a robust and generally increasing stock price and thus keeping its critical investment grade credit ratings.

Enron was originally involved in transmitting and distributing electricity and natural gas throughout the United States.

The company developed, built, and operated power plants and pipelines while dealing with rules of law and other infrastructures worldwide.

Azurix failed to become successful in the water utility market, and one of its major concessions, in Buenos Aires , was a large-scale money-loser.

Enron grew wealthy due largely to marketing, promoting power, and its high stock price. Enron was hailed by many, including labor and the workforce, as an overall great company, praised for its large long-term pensions, benefits for its workers and extremely effective management until the exposure of its corporate fraud.

The first analyst to question the company's success story was Daniel Scotto , an energy market expert at BNP Paribas , who issued a note in August entitled Enron: All stressed up and no place to go , which encouraged investors to sell Enron stocks, although he only changed his recommendation on the stock from "buy" to "neutral".

As was later discovered, many of Enron's recorded assets and profits were inflated or even wholly fraudulent and nonexistent.

One example of fraudulent records was during when Enron promised to repay Merrill Lynch 's investment with interest in order to show a profit on its books.

Debts and losses were put into entities formed "offshore" that were not included in the company's financial statements , and other sophisticated and arcane financial transactions between Enron and related companies were used to eliminate unprofitable entities from the company's books.

The company's most valuable asset and the largest source of honest income, the s-era Northern Natural Gas company, was eventually purchased by a group of Omaha investors, who relocated its headquarters back to Omaha; it is now a unit of Warren Buffett 's Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

NNG continues to be profitable now. Enron's demise occurred after the revelation that much of its profit and revenue were the result of deals with special-purpose entities limited partnerships which it controlled.

This meant that many of Enron's debts and the losses that it suffered were not reported in its financial statements.

Enron filed for bankruptcy on December 2, In addition, the scandal caused the dissolution of Arthur Andersen , which at the time was one of the "Big Five" - the world's foremost accounting firms.

The company was found guilty of obstruction of justice during for destroying documents related to the Enron audit.

Although the conviction was dismissed in by the Supreme Court , the damage to the Andersen name has prevented it from reviving as a viable business even on a limited scale.

Also, the court ruling was little comfort to the thousands of now unemployed Andersen employees. Enron also withdrew a naming-rights deal with the Houston Astros Major League Baseball club to have its name associated with their new stadium, which was known formerly as Enron Field now Minute Maid Park.

Enron used a variety of deceptive, bewildering, and fraudulent accounting practices and tactics to cover its fraud in reporting Enron's financial information.

Special-purpose entities were created to mask significant liabilities from Enron's financial statements. These entities made Enron seem more profitable than it actually was, and created a dangerous spiral in which, each quarter, corporate officers would have to perform more and more financial deception to create the illusion of billions of dollars in profit while the company was actually losing money.

The executives and insiders at Enron knew about the offshore accounts that were hiding losses for the company; the investors, however, did not.

Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow directed the team which created the off-books companies, and manipulated the deals to provide himself, his family, and his friends with hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed revenue, at the expense of the corporation for which he worked and its stockholders.

During , Enron initiated EnronOnline, an Internet-based trading operation, which was used by virtually every energy company in the United States.

The corporation's financial claims, however, had to be accepted at face value. Under Skilling, Enron adopted mark-to-market accounting , in which anticipated future profits from any deal were tabulated as if currently real.

Thus, Enron could record gains from what over time might turn out to be losses, as the company's fiscal health became secondary to manipulating its stock price on Wall Street during the so-called Tech boom.

Indeed, Enron's unscrupulous actions were often gambles to keep the deception going and so increase the stock price.

An advancing price meant a continued infusion of investor capital on which debt-ridden Enron in large part subsisted much like a financial "pyramid" or " Ponzi scheme ".

Attempting to maintain the illusion, Skilling verbally attacked Wall Street analyst Richard Grubman, [40] who questioned Enron's unusual accounting practice during a recorded conference telephone call.

When Grubman complained that Enron was the only company that could not release a balance sheet along with its earnings statements, Skilling replied, "Well, thank you very much, we appreciate that Enron initially planned to retain its three domestic pipeline companies as well as most of its overseas assets.

Enron sold its last business, Prisma Energy , during , leaving Enron asset-less. Its goal is to repay the old Enron's remaining creditors and end Enron's affairs.

Azurix , the former water utility part of the company, remains under Enron ownership, although it is currently asset-less. It is involved in several litigations against the government of Argentina claiming compensation relating to the negligence and corruption of the local governance during its management of the Buenos Aires water concession during , which resulted in substantial amounts of debt approx.

Soon after emerging from bankruptcy during November , Enron's new board of directors sued 11 financial institutions for helping Lay, Fastow, Skilling and others hide Enron's true financial condition.

The proceedings were dubbed the "megaclaims litigation". As of [update] , Enron has settled with all of the institutions, ending with Citigroup.

Enron has been featured since its bankruptcy in popular culture, including in The Simpsons episodes That '90s Show Homer buys Enron stocks while Marge chooses to keep her own Microsoft stocks and Special Edna , which features a scene of an Enron-themed amusement park ride.

The film Bee Movie also featured a joke reference to a parody company of Enron called "Honron" a play on the words honey and Enron.

The book Bittersweet Symphony by Rebecca McNutt featured main character Bailey Kane discussing Enron while remarking, "in devastation there is opportunity, you know.

Clifford Baxter "tried to complain, he tried to live with it, he tried to do the right thing but nobody heard him…" The documentary The Corporation film made frequent references to Enron post-bankruptcy, calling the company a "bad apple".

At the same time, the general public and Enron's investors were told to buy the stock. As executives sold their shares, the price began to decrease.

Investors were told to continue buying stock or hold steady if they already owned Enron because the stock price would rebound in the near future.

Kenneth Lay's strategy for responding to Enron's continuing problems was his demeanor. As he did many times, Lay would issue a statement or make an appearance to calm investors and assure them that Enron was doing well.

Many of the investors still trusted Lay and believed that Enron would rule the market. Many considered this a great opportunity to buy Enron stock because of what Lay had been telling them in the media.

The money earned from this sale did not go to the family but rather to charitable organizations, which had already received pledges of contributions from the foundation.

News of Enron's problems, including the millions of dollars in losses they hid, became public about that morning, and the stock price soon decreased to less than one dollar.

Former Enron executive Paula Rieker was charged with criminal insider trading and sentenced to two years probation.

Cunningham coined the phrase, "We have all been Enroned. Fastow was fired from the company that day. Also, the company restated earnings going back to By Dec.

The company's new sole mission was "to reorganize and liquidate certain of the operations and assets of the 'pre-bankruptcy' Enron for the benefit of creditors.

Its last payout was in May Arthur Andersen was one of the first casualties of Enron's notorious demise. In June , the firm was found guilty of obstructing justice for shredding Enron's financial documents to conceal them from the SEC.

Enron's founder and former CEO Kenneth Lay were convicted on six counts of fraud and conspiracy and four counts of bank fraud. Prior to sentencing, he died of a heart attack in Colorado.

He ultimately cut a deal for cooperating with federal authorities and served more than five years in prison.

He was released from prison in In , Skilling was convicted of conspiracy, fraud, and insider trading. Enron's collapse and the financial havoc it wreaked on its shareholders and employees led to new regulations and legislation to promote the accuracy of financial reporting for publicly held companies.

In July , President George W. Bush signed into law the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Act heightened the consequences for destroying, altering, or fabricating financial statements and for trying to defraud shareholders.

The Enron scandal resulted in other new compliance measures. Moreover, company boards of directors became more independent, monitoring the audit companies, and quickly replacing poor managers.

These new measures are important mechanisms to spot and close loopholes that companies have used to avoid accountability.

At the time, Enron's collapse was the biggest corporate bankruptcy to ever hit the financial world since then, the failures of WorldCom, Lehman Brothers, and Washington Mutual have surpassed it.

Increased regulation and oversight have been enacted to help prevent corporate scandals of Enron's magnitude.

However, some companies are still reeling from the damage caused by Enron. Joint Committee on Taxation.

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The mark-to-market practice led to schemes that were designed to hide the losses and make the company appear more profitable than it really was.

The standard Enron-to-SPV transaction would be the following: Enron would transfer some of its rapidly rising stock to the SPV in exchange for cash or a note.

In turn, Enron would guarantee the SPV's value to reduce apparent counterparty risk. Although their aim was to hide accounting realities, the SPVs were not illegal.

But they were different from standard debt securitization in several significant—and potentially disastrous—ways.

One major difference was that the SPVs were capitalized entirely with Enron stock. This directly compromised the ability of the SPVs to hedge if Enron's share prices fell.

Just as dangerous as the second significant difference: Enron's failure to disclose conflicts of interest.

The values of the SPVs also fell, forcing Enron's guarantees to take effect. Duncan, who oversaw Enron's accounts.

However, despite Enron's poor accounting practices, Arthur Andersen offered its stamp of approval, signing off on the corporate reports for years.

By the summer of , Enron was in freefall. By Oct. A few days later, Enron changed pension plan administrators, essentially forbidding employees from selling their shares for at least 30 days.

Fastow was fired from the company that day. Also, the company restated earnings going back to By Dec. The company's new sole mission was "to reorganize and liquidate certain of the operations and assets of the 'pre-bankruptcy' Enron for the benefit of creditors.

Its last payout was in May Arthur Andersen was one of the first casualties of Enron's notorious demise.

In June , the firm was found guilty of obstructing justice for shredding Enron's financial documents to conceal them from the SEC.

Enron's founder and former CEO Kenneth Lay were convicted on six counts of fraud and conspiracy and four counts of bank fraud.

Prior to sentencing, he died of a heart attack in Colorado. He ultimately cut a deal for cooperating with federal authorities and served more than five years in prison.

He was released from prison in In , Skilling was convicted of conspiracy, fraud, and insider trading. Enron's collapse and the financial havoc it wreaked on its shareholders and employees led to new regulations and legislation to promote the accuracy of financial reporting for publicly held companies.

In July , President George W. Bush signed into law the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Act heightened the consequences for destroying, altering, or fabricating financial statements and for trying to defraud shareholders.

The Enron scandal resulted in other new compliance measures. Moreover, company boards of directors became more independent, monitoring the audit companies, and quickly replacing poor managers.

These new measures are important mechanisms to spot and close loopholes that companies have used to avoid accountability.

At the time, Enron's collapse was the biggest corporate bankruptcy to ever hit the financial world since then, the failures of WorldCom, Lehman Brothers, and Washington Mutual have surpassed it.

Increased regulation and oversight have been enacted to help prevent corporate scandals of Enron's magnitude.

However, some companies are still reeling from the damage caused by Enron. Joint Committee on Taxation. Accessed Feb.

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David B. Duncan, Civil Action No. January 28, H ," Pages Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation. Andersen Global. As time passed, a number of serious concerns confronted the company.

Enron had recently faced several serious operational challenges, namely logistical difficulties in operating a new broadband communications trading unit, and the losses from constructing the Dabhol Power project , a large gas powered power plant in India that had been mired in controversy since the beginning in relation to its high pricing and bribery at the highest level.

Skilling cited personal reasons for leaving the company. The next day, however, Skilling admitted that a very significant reason for his departure was Enron's faltering price in the stock market.

The broader goal of [Krugman's] latest attack on Enron appears to be to discredit the free-market system, a system that entrusts people to make choices and enjoy the fruits of their labor, skill, intellect and heart.

He would apparently rely on a system of monopolies controlled or sponsored by government to make choices for people.

We disagree, finding ourselves less trusting of the integrity and good faith of such institutions and their leaders.

The example Mr. Krugman cites of " financialization " run amok the electricity market in California is the product of exactly his kind of system, with active government intervention at every step.

Indeed, the only winners in the California fiasco were the government-owned utilities of Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

The disaster that squandered the wealth of California was born of regulation by the few, not by markets of the many.

On August 15, Sherron Watkins , vice president for corporate development, sent an anonymous letter to Lay warning him about the company's accounting practices.

One statement in the letter said: "I am incredibly nervous that we will implode in a wave of accounting scandals. On August 22, Watkins met individually with Lay and gave him a six-page letter further explaining Enron's accounting issues.

He also named Mark Frevert as vice chairman, and appointed Whalley and Frevert to positions in the chairman's office.

Some observers suggested that Enron's investors were in significant need of reassurance, not only because the company's business was difficult to understand even "indecipherable" [58] but also because it was difficult to properly describe the company in financial statements.

He also explained that the complexity of the business was due largely to tax strategies and position-hedging. In addition, the company admitted to repeatedly using "related-party transactions," which some feared could be too-easily used to transfer losses that might otherwise appear on Enron's own balance sheet.

A particularly troubling aspect of this technique was that several of the "related-party" entities had been or were being controlled by CFO Fastow.

After the September 11 attacks media attention shifted away from the company and its troubles; a little less than a month later Enron announced its intention to begin the process of selling its lower-margin assets in favor of its core businesses of gas and electricity trading.

On October 16, , Enron announced that restatements to its financial statements for years to were necessary to correct accounting violations.

In a statement, Lay said, "After a thorough review of our businesses, we have decided to take these charges to clear away issues that have clouded the performance and earnings potential of our core energy businesses.

David Fleischer at Goldman Sachs , an analyst termed previously 'one of the company's strongest supporters' asserted that the Enron management " They need to convince investors these earnings are real, that the company is for real and that growth will be realized.

Two days later, on October 25, Fastow was removed as CFO, despite Lay's assurances as early as the previous day that he and the board had confidence in him.

In announcing Fastow's ouster, Lay said, "In my continued discussions with the financial community, it became clear to me that restoring investor confidence would require us to replace Andy as CFO.

His first task was to deal with a cash crisis. A day earlier, Enron discovered that it was unable to roll its commercial paper , effectively losing access to several billion dollars in financing.

The company had actually experienced difficulty selling its commercial paper for a week, but was now unable to sell even overnight paper.

Enron financed the re-purchase by depleting its lines of credit at several banks. While the company's debt rating was still considered investment-grade , its bonds were trading at levels slightly less, making future sales problematic.

McMahon and a "financial SWAT team" put together to find a way out of the cash crisis discovered that Fastow never developed procedures for tracking cash or debt maturities.

For all intents and purposes, Enron was illiquid. As the month came to a close, serious concerns were being raised by some observers regarding Enron's possible manipulation of accepted accounting rules; however, analysis was claimed to be impossible based on the incomplete information provided by Enron.

Enron's tremendous presence worried some about the consequences of the company's possible bankruptcy.

The main short-term danger to Enron's survival at the end of October seemed to be its credit rating. It was reported at the time that Moody's and Fitch , two of the three biggest credit-rating agencies, had slated Enron for review for possible downgrade.

Additionally, all manner of companies began reviewing their existing contracts with Enron, especially in the long term, in the event that Enron's rating were lowered below investment grade, a possible hindrance for future transactions.

Analysts and observers continued their complaints regarding the difficulty or impossibility of properly assessing a company whose financial statements were so cryptic.

Some feared that no one at Enron apart from Skilling and Fastow could completely explain years of mysterious transactions.

Moody's also warned that it would downgrade Enron's commercial paper rating, the consequence of which would likely prevent the company from finding the further financing it sought to keep solvent.

November began with the disclosure that the SEC was now pursuing a formal investigation, prompted by questions related to Enron's dealings with "related parties".

Enron's board also announced that it would commission a special committee to investigate the transactions, directed by William C. Powers , the dean of the University of Texas law school.

Sources claimed that Enron was planning to explain its business practices more fully within the coming days, as a confidence-building gesture.

However, investors worried that the company would not be able to find a buyer. With Enron in a state of near collapse, the deal was largely on Dynegy's terms.

Dynegy would be the surviving company, and Dynegy CEO Charles Watson and his management team would head the merged company.

Enron shareholders would get a 40 percent stake in the enlarged Dynegy, and Enron would get three seats on the merged company's board. Lay would not have any management role, though it was presumed he would get one of Enron's seats on the board.

Of Enron's senior executives, only Whalley would join the merged company's C-suite, as an executive vice president. As a measure of how dire Enron's financial picture had become, the company initially balked at paying its bills for November until the credit agencies gave the merger their blessing and allowed Enron to keep its credit at investment grade.

By this time, the Dynegy deal was virtually the only thing keeping the company alive, and Enron officials wanted to keep as much cash in the company's coffers in the event of bankruptcy.

Commentators remarked on the different corporate cultures between Dynegy and Enron, and on Watson's "straight-talking" personality. The corrections resulted in the virtual elimination of profit for fiscal year , with significant reductions for the other years.

Despite this disclosure, Dynegy declared it still intended to purchase Enron. In addition, concerns were raised regarding antitrust regulatory restrictions resulting in possible divestiture , along with what to some observers were the radically different corporate cultures of Enron and Dynegy.

Both companies promoted the deal aggressively, and some observers were hopeful; Watson was praised for attempting to create the largest company on the energy market.

Credit issues were becoming more critical, however. Watson again attempted to re-assure, attesting at a presentation to investors that there was "nothing wrong with Enron's business".

It pretty much wiped out every employee's savings plan. Watson assured investors that the true nature of Enron's business had been made apparent to him: "We have comfort there is not another shoe to drop.

If there is no shoe, this is a phenomenally good transaction. Such debts were "vastly in excess" of its available cash.

In a statement, Enron revealed "An adverse outcome with respect to any of these matters would likely have a material adverse impact on Enron's ability to continue as a going concern.

Two days later, on November 21, Wall Street expressed serious doubts that Dynegy would proceed with its deal at all, or would seek to radically renegotiate.

Analysts were unnerved at the revelation, especially since Dynegy was reported to have also been unaware of Enron's rate of cash use.

It subsequently emerged that Enron's traders had grabbed much of the money from Dynegy's cash infusion and used it to guarantee payment to their trading partners when it came time to settle up.

The SEC announced it had filed civil fraud complaints against Andersen. Observers were reporting difficulties in ascertaining which of Enron's operations, if any, were profitable.

Reports described an en masse shift of business to Enron's competitors for the sake of risk exposure reduction. On November 28, , Enron's two worst possible outcomes came true.

Credit rating agencies all reduced Enron's credit rating to junk status, and Dynegy's board tore up the merger agreement on Watson's advice.

Watson later said, "At the end, you couldn't give it [Enron] to me. One editorial observer wrote that "Enron is now shorthand for the perfect financial storm.

Systemic consequences were felt, as Enron's creditors and other energy trading companies suffered the loss of several percentage points.

Some analysts felt Enron's failure indicated the risks of the post-September 11 economy, and encouraged traders to lock in profits where they could.

One adviser stated, "We don't really know who is out there exposed to Enron's credit. I'm telling my clients to prepare for the worst.

Within 24 hours, speculation abounded that Enron would have no choice but to file for bankruptcy. Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase in particular appeared to have significant amounts to lose with Enron's bankruptcy.

Additionally, many of Enron's major assets were pledged to lenders in order to secure loans, causing doubt about what, if anything, unsecured creditors and eventually stockholders might receive in bankruptcy proceedings.

He spent most of the next two days scrambling to find a bank who would take Enron's remaining cash after pulling all of its money out of Citibank.

He was ultimately forced to make do with a small Houston bank. By the close of business on November 30, , it was obvious Enron was at the end of its tether.

That day, Enron Europe, the holding company for Enron's operations in continental Europe , filed for bankruptcy. On January 17, , Enron dismissed Arthur Andersen as its auditor, citing its accounting advice and the destruction of documents.

Andersen countered that it had already ended its relationship with the company when Enron became bankrupt.

Fastow and his wife, Lea, both pleaded guilty to charges against them. Fastow was initially charged with 98 counts of fraud, money laundering , insider trading , and conspiracy, among other crimes.

Lea was sentenced to one year for helping her husband hide income from the government. Lay and Skilling went on trial for their part in the Enron scandal in January The count, page indictment covers a broad range of financial crimes, including bank fraud, making false statements to banks and auditors, securities fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and insider trading.

United States District Judge Sim Lake had previously denied motions by the defendants to have separate trials and to relocate the case out of Houston, where the defendants argued the negative publicity concerning Enron's demise would make it impossible to get a fair trial.

On May 25, , the jury in the Lay and Skilling trial returned its verdicts. Skilling was convicted of 19 of 28 counts of securities fraud and wire fraud and acquitted on the remaining nine, including charges of insider trading.

He was sentenced to 24 years and 4 months in prison. Lay pleaded not guilty to the eleven criminal charges, and claimed that he was misled by those around him.

He attributed the main cause for the company's demise to Fastow. The case of Lay's wife, Linda, is a difficult one.

She sold roughly , shares of Enron ten minutes to thirty minutes before the information that Enron was collapsing went public on November 28, Although Michael Kopper worked at Enron for more than seven years, Lay did not know of Kopper even after the company's bankruptcy.

Kopper was able to keep his name anonymous in the entire affair. All told, sixteen people pleaded guilty for crimes committed at the company, and five others, including four former Merrill Lynch employees, were found guilty.

Eight former Enron executives testified—the main witness being Fastow—against Lay and Skilling, his former bosses. In June , he received a month sentence.

Michael W. Krautz, a former Enron accountant, was among the accused who was acquitted [] of charges related to the scandal.

Represented by Barry Pollack, [] Krautz was acquitted of federal criminal fraud charges after a month-long jury trial.

Arthur Andersen was charged with and found guilty of obstruction of justice for shredding the thousands of documents and deleting e-mails and company files that tied the firm to its audit of Enron.

The company surrendered its CPA license on August 31, , and 85, employees lost their jobs. Supreme Court due to the jury not being properly instructed on the charge against Andersen.

However, the damage to the Andersen name has been so great that it has not returned as a viable business even on a limited scale.

The three British men had worked with Fastow on a special purpose entity he had started called Swap Sub.

On July 12, a potential Enron witness scheduled to be extradited to the U. While some employees, like John D. The settlement was distributed among the main plaintiff, University of California UC , and 1.

Getting here has required a long, challenging effort, but the results for Enron investors are unprecedented.

Senator Byron Dorgan. Between December and April , the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services held multiple hearings about the Enron scandal and related accounting and investor protection issues.

These hearings and the corporate scandals that followed Enron led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on July 30, The main provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act included the establishment of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to develop standards for the preparation of audit reports ; the restriction of public accounting companies from providing any non-auditing services when auditing; provisions for the independence of audit committee members, executives being required to sign off on financial reports, and relinquishment of certain executives' bonuses in case of financial restatements; and expanded financial disclosure of companies' relationships with unconsolidated entities.

On February 13, , due to the instances of corporate malfeasances and accounting violations, the SEC recommended changes of the stock exchanges' regulations.

The main provisions of the final NYSE proposal include: []. Kenneth Lay was a longtime supporter of U. Bush and a donor to his various political campaigns, including his successful bid for the presidency in As such, critics of Bush and his administration attempted to link them to the scandal.

A January article in The Economist claimed that Lay had been a close personal friend of Bush's family and had backed him financially since his unsuccessful campaign for Congress in Allegedly, Lay was even rumored at one point to be in the running to serve as Secretary of Energy for Bush.

In an article that same month, Time magazine accused the Bush administration of making desperate attempts to distance themselves from the scandal.

White Jr. Former Montana governor Marc Racicot , whom Bush considered for appointment for Secretary of the Interior , briefly served as a lobbyist for the company after leaving office.

As Pellegrini wrote, "The Democrats will have the company-he-keeps, guilt-by-association thing on their side, and with all the From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Main article: Corporate governance. Main article: Risk management. Main article: Financial audit. At the beginning of , the Enron Corporation, the world's dominant energy trader, appeared unstoppable.

The company's decade-long effort to persuade lawmakers to deregulate electricity markets had succeeded from California to New York.

Its ties to the Bush administration assured that its views would be heard in Washington. Its sales, profits and stock were soaring.

There are no accounting issues, no trading issues, no reserve issues, no previously unknown problem issues. I think I can honestly say that the company is probably in the strongest and best shape that it has probably ever been in.

Something is rotten with the state of Enron. In its accounting work for Enron, Andersen had been sloppy and weak.

But that's how Enron had always wanted it. In truth, even as they angrily pointed fingers, the two deserved each other.

United States. Main article: NatWest Three. In the Titanic , the captain went down with the ship. And Enron looks to me like the captain first gave himself and his friends a bonus, then lowered himself and the top folks down the lifeboat and then hollered up and said, 'By the way, everything is going to be just fine.

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