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Bloomberg Tax: Robert Rostan in Size of MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin Bet Set Off SEC Accounting Alarm

Size of MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin Bet Set Off SEC Accounting Alarm Scale of Bitcoin holdings made SEC zero in on company Non-GAAP measures can’t strip out key financial drivers A growing number of companies invest in Bitcoin but none to the extent of MicroStrategy Inc., which in 2021 announced that buying and holding the volatile digital […]

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Bloomberg: Wayne Stallings in SPACs Churn Out Restatements, Again, to Correct Accounting

Nov. 23, 2021, 1:45 AM; Updated: Nov. 23, 2021, 7:26 AM 160-plus SPACs announce accounting errors Regulatory scrutiny means more are likely Scores of the blank-check companies that set the IPO market ablaze in 2020 are once again stumbling over accounting errors. More than 160 SPACs have issued warnings in the last week that their past […]

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Bloomberg: Scott Rostan in K.C. Southern Morphs From Railroad Also-Ran to $30 Billion Prize

K.C. Southern Morphs From Railroad Also-Ran to $30 Billion Prize By  Thomas Black April 21, 2021 In less than a year, Kansas City Southern has transformed from an industry wallflower to the belle of the ball, getting courted by Canada’s two biggest railroads. The U.S. carrier has been a source of takeover speculation for decades. Regulators even […]

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Bloomberg Tax: Robert Rostan in GameStop Takes Everyone on a Wild Ride, Except Its Accountants

https://news.bloombergtax.com/financial-accounting/gamestop-takes-everyone-on-a-wild-ride-except-its-accountants It’s taken over social media, gotten airtime at a White House press conference, and pitted hedge funds against an army of online traders out to bruise them. But there’s one place the saga of GameStop Corp.’s stock price roller coaster ride won’t play out: on GameStop’s financial statements. The fundamentals of the video game […]

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Bloomberg Tax: Robert Rostan in Unusual Accounting Expenses ‘Not So Unusual’ as Virus Wears On

The main message: If a company can quantify the effects of the pandemic in a reasonable way and make the case that it’s dealing with an unusual situation, it’s OK. But don’t go too far afield, said Robert Rostan, CFO of Training The Street, an accounting education firm.

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Bloomberg: Robert Rostan in Hertz Runs Into Cash Crunch After Years of Management Tumult

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-21/hertz-runs-into-cash-crunch-after-years-of-management-tumult?sref=Oe6GluQB By  Esha Dey May 21, 2020, 5:00 AM EDT   Less than three months ago, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. executives were touting a solid fourth-quarter performance and saying they’re entering 2020 in a strong position. Today, they’re managing a crisis that has the company on the brink of bankruptcy, saddled with almost $21 billion of debt […]

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Bloomberg: Rahul Bhatia in Public Market Rituals Spell Pain for Uber and Beyond Meat Stocks

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-09/public-market-rituals-spell-pain-for-uber-and-beyond-meat-stocks By Drew Singer and Esha Dey November 9, 2019, 7:00 AM EST For newly a public company, two rites of passage loom: its first few earnings reports, and the expiration of its IPO lockup. Twice this month, those events conspired to unleash double-doses of pain for investors. Uber Technologies Inc. plunged 13% over two […]

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NPR Marketplace: Robert Rostan in Under Armour investigation focuses on “revenue recognition.” What’s that?

By Marielle Segarra The sportswear company Under Armour on Monday confirmed federal officials have been looking into its accounting practices for more than two years. Under Armour says it hasn’t done anything wrong. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news, said the probe includes both criminal and civil investigations and that authorities are focusing on […]

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Bloomberg: “Fewer MBAs Want to Work For Hedge Funds”

By Julie Verhage and Sonali Basak As business students pack up their belongings after graduation, fewer are listing hedge funds as a top destination, while private equity and startups are becoming more attractive. According to a survey from Training the Street, a firm that offers technical training to Wall Street firms and business schools, startups and private equity firms saw a […]

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Bloomberg: Scott Rostan “From Banker to Teacher to… Something in Between”

by Alex Sherman http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-30/deal-of-the-week-from-banker-to-teacher-to-something-in-between Scott Rostan used to be a mergers & acquisitions banker for Merrill Lynch. Then he was a high school teacher. He eventually found a happy medium training bankers and business school students how to do their jobs. He founded Training The Street in 1999, signing up bulge-bracket banks and universities as […]

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