Public vs Private Company Controls Standards

Public vs Private Company Controls Standards

Option #1: Public vs. Private Company Controls Standards.

Your long-time client, Colorado Company, has been growing fast, prompting the board to consider taking the company public. CEO Billy Jean has heard that due to the Sarbanes–Oxley Act, costs have increased significantly when operating a public company. Jean is especially apprehensive with reports that he can anticipate double the audit fees due to the internal control provisions of the Act and PCAOB Auditing Standard No. 2201. Jean has asked you to explain how the Sarbanes–Oxley requirements may affect the audit.


Organize and share your thoughts if the company decides to go public. How would complying with the Sarbanes–Oxley and PCAOB Auditing Standard No. 2201 change the company’s responsibilities for internal control? Then use your thoughts to:

  • Describes the changes in internal controls (due to PCAOB and Sarbanes-Oxley standards) needed once they become a public company.

Your deliverable should be 3-4 pages in length. Please type your response in a Word document and follow APA format, according to CSU Global Writing Center (Links to an external site.). Include a title page and reference page. Use two (2) outside academic sources other than the textbook, course materials, or other information provided as part of the course materials.

Requirements: 3-4 Pages not counting cover or reference pages

Answer preview

The Companies Act, 2013 legally provides for the conversion of companies from private to public. The conversion from a private company into a public company can be accomplished by altering the Memorandum Association (MoA) and Articles of Association (AoA). The cost of operating a public company has increased as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the PCAOB Auditing Standard No. 2201 that affect the audit processes and requirements of public companies.  Before converting to a public company, Colorado Company leaders need to understand this Act and the PCAOB Auditing standard will affect the company’s audit and the related costs expected to be incurred.