Mandatory rotation of Audit Firm
Posted @ March 30, 2015, 8:37 pm under (Company Law (MCA))
The 2013 Act has introduced the concept of rotation of auditors as well as audit firms. It states that in case of listed companies (and other class(es) of companies as may be prescribed) it would be mandatory to rotate auditors every five years in case of the appointment of an individual as an auditor and every 10 years in case of the appointment of an audit firm with a uniform cooling off period of five years in both the cases.
Further, firms with common partners in the outgoing audit firm will also be ineligible for appointment as auditor during the cooling off period. The 2013 Act has allowed a transition period of three years for complying with the requirements of the rotation of auditors [section 139(2) of the 2013 Act].
Further, the 2013 Act also grants an option to shareholders to further require rotation of the audit partner and staff at such intervals as they may choose [section 139(3) of the 2013 Act].