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Enron's dilemma: A corporate governance nightmare

To paraphrase Santayana, managers who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. Enron was a colossal failure in corporate governance.

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Violating the wisdom of recommendations by governance reformers, Ken Lay served as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Full article >>> ublic offering before selling it. One possible way around this problem would be for Enron to buy a put option from someone who would guarantee purchasing the Rhythms NetConnections stock at the current $56 price when the six-month holding period ended. However, most investors assumed that the Rhythms NetConnections stock price would decline, so the cost of buying a put option on the open market wa......

Full article >>> d the following safeguards to offset anyone's concern that the relationship would favor LJM1 because of Fastow's involvement:

PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm would supply an opinion letter certifying the fairness of all transactions between LJM1 and Enron.

All deals between Enron and LJM1 would be presented to the board for final approva......

Full article >>> itimate SPE and violated Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

LJM1 should have been accounted for as an Enron subsidiary and all of its debt should have been included on Enron's financial statements. After that announcement and correction was made, investors started dumping Enron stock on the market, contributing to the company's implosion.

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