Back in April, Andersen Tax and MoHala Enterprises, which does business as Sundial Consulting, announced a settlement in a trademark infringement dispute over use of the Andersen and Arthur Andersen names in the United States. MoHala is part of a network of individuals and entities recruited by a French businessman, Stéphane Laffont-Réveilhac, who had earlier claimed that he had “reconstituted” Arthur Andersen as a consulting company.
Laffont-Réveilhac’s claim that he was reviving the Arthur Andersen name in France, the United States, and 14 other countries came as a surprise to Andersen Tax — the company founded in 2002 by 23 former Arthur Andersen partners. You might recall that originally Arthur Andersen had been one of the “Big 5” accounting firms in the United States until it came up against criminal charges related to the Enron scandal of 2001, resulting in the firm giving up rights to practice as Certified Public Accountants in the United States. A year later, 23 Andersen partners formed Wealth & Tax Advisory Services, which in 2014 changed its name to Andersen Tax after buying the U.S. rights from Arthur Andersen and global rights from Andersen Worldwide.