SOURCE: Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

September 11, 2013 11:00 ET

Important Lesson Businesses Must Learn From Ratings Agencies: Be as Transparent as Possible, Says Marks Paneth & Shron Video

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 11, 2013) - Ratings agencies got a bad rap during the financial crisis because they acted too late, often reactively, when downgrading companies. As a result, many think ratings agencies did not warn investors of the true risk associated with a company's portfolio.

A video from Steven Henning, Ph.D., CPA, Partner-in-Charge of the Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group at Marks Paneth & Shron, uses that scenario to build a call to action for businesses, ratings agencies and investors to be more transparent, particularly when it comes to financial reporting.

The video can be viewed here: http://www.markspaneth.com/publications/the-credit-agencies-lesson-applicable-to-everyone.

For more information, or to speak with Steven Henning, please contact Katarina Wenk-Bodenmiller of Sommerfield Communications, Inc. at (212) 255-8386 or Katarina@sommerfield.com.

About Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP is an accounting firm with over 500 people, of whom approximately 65 are partners and principals. The firm provides public and private businesses with a full range of auditing, accounting, tax, consulting, bankruptcy and restructuring services as well as litigation and corporate financial advisory services to domestic and international clients. The firm also specializes in providing tax advisory and consulting for high-net-worth individuals and their families, as well as a wide range of services for international, real estate, media, entertainment, nonprofit, professional and financial services, and energy clients. The firm has a strong track record supporting emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs, business owners and investors as they navigate the business life cycle.

The firm's subsidiary, Tailored Technologies, LLC, provides information technology consulting services. In addition, its membership in Morison International, a leading international association for independent business advisers, financial consulting and accounting firms, facilitates service delivery to clients throughout the United States and around the world. Marks Paneth & Shron LLP, whose origins date back to 1907, is the 34th largest accounting firm in the nation and the 16th largest in the New York area. In addition, readers of the New York Law Journal rank MP&S as one of the area's top forensic accounting firms for the third year in a row.

Its headquarters are in Manhattan. Additional offices are in Westchester, Long Island and the Cayman Islands. For more information, please visit www.markspaneth.com.

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