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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE India; 1 edition (July 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9789351500612
  • ISBN-13: 978-9351500612
  • ASIN: 9351500616
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
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This book is a succinct warning on the frauds occurring in some parts of the corporate world. It argues forcefully to lift the veil of the corporate structure in order to fix accountability for poor corporate governance. The minority shareholders with virtually no power to run the affairs of the corporation actually pay for the sins of promoters--directors and top management who effectively run the corporation. Manipulations in companies' accounts and share prices may increase the wealth of the top management. However, it is the general public and the minority shareholders who ultimately pick up the bills resulting from frauds and mismanagement in the corporate world. Values that serve society are integral to good corporate governance as much as in the public sphere.--Dr Ashok Khemka

The world we live in is willy-nilly becoming more transparent. Those in positions of power and those who wield discretionary authority have to necessarily become answerable for their actions. Yet the incidence of financial frauds and criminal activity in business organisations is on the rise. What drives wealthy individuals who have everything money can buy but still cannot contain their greed? Why did some of the most successful corporate captains get embroiled in scandals that ended up tarnishing not just their personal reputations but those of the organisations with which they were associated as founders, promoters or directors? Is it individual avarice that drives free enterprise capitalism or are there structural issues-- like the nexus between business and politics and the deliberate dilution of regulatory safeguards--that create an environment that enables scams to be committed with brazen impunity? Read this book for answers to these questions.

--Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

The book is a well-researched compilation of the large number of crimes committed by corporates over the last many years; it covers them all, not just once but many times over, in various situations and contexts. Not only a 'must read' but a 'must be kept' in one's personal and professional library!

--Ashok Barat

First compendium of crimes...most of the cases covered are of recent vintage and contemporary...the fact that writer has managed to pack in brief summaries of nearly 500 frauds and scams is commendable. His understanding of the subject and ability to communicate them crisply is a highlight of this book.... The book is a welcome addition. It can be read overtime and you can dip into any page.

--Business Line, 16th November 2015

A robust compilation of corporate scams and frauds across the world...the author has done extensive research and carried out in-depth analyses of public records to collate information on different types of frauds...the book scores on its ability to demonstrate how corporate frauds have evolved over the years.

--Businessworld, 22 March - 4 April 2016

"Not only a 'must read' but a 'must be kept' in one's personal and professional library!"

--Ashok Barat,

The piece of work generates an awareness of frauds that led to corporate fiascos at different parts of the world at different times.... The book leaves a lingering impact of the theme on the minds of the reader... To me it is Truth Well Told...

--Global Business Review, "Volume 17 (Issue 2), April 2016 "

About the Author

Robin Banerjee is a senior professional executive with over 35 years of experience in several large multinational corporations in more than 20 countries. He is a Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant, Company Secretary, and has a Master's degree in commerce. During the initial years of his career, he served in Hindustan Unilever in several positions, including as the General Manager of its Exports and M&A divisions. He then moved to Germany and joined Arcelor-Mittal as its Managing Director and CFO of its German operations. After working in Germany for five years, Robin moved back to India and joined Thomas Cook as its Executive Director. He then moved to Essar Steel as the company's CFO and member of its global board. After that he joined Suzlon India Ltd. as its Group CFO and member of its board for several of its international companies in Australia, China, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and the USA. Currently, he is the Managing Director of a large manufacturing company. Robin has won several awards and was nominated by Business Today as the Best CFO in India; as CFO-100 in 2010 and 2012 by the CFO-India magazine; the Corporate Leader in India by DNA; and many others. Robin has written three books on indirect taxation, one of which, Modvat, has gone into 10 editions. He is an acclaimed speaker on business management and finance-related topics, and has presented papers in numerous national and international seminars. He frequently writes for various journals, magazines and web-sites.

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