It is the nature of business to shorten names and titles to acronyms and to have an ever-increasing number of terms which might puzzle the uninitiated. This page offers some definitions of commonly used acronyms and terms.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Original equipment manufacturer(s)

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. A product of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act and nurtured into maturity by the SEC in the US. Created in the wake of scandals such as WorldCom and Enron.

Private finance initiatives

Public private partnership

Where permitted, assisting clients with the preparation, due diligence or attestation required as part of a process to obtain financing.


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