The Enron Scandal

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The Enron scandal
Tobias Pavel 910422
Mylene Encontro 850224
Chalmers University of Technology
Finacial Risk, MVE220
Examiner: Holger Rootzén
2012-12-02 Göteborg
This report has been written and analyzed by both group members jointly.
Abstract
From the 1990's until the fall of 2001, Enron was famous throughout the business world and was known as an innovator, technology powerhouse, and a corporation with no fear. The sudden fall of Enron in the end of 2001 shattered not just the business world but also the lives of their employees and the people who believed that their soar to greatness was genuine. Their collapse was followed by a series of revelations on how they manipulated their success.
Introduction
Enron shocked the world from being “America’s most innovative company” to America's biggest corporate bankruptcy at its time. At its peak, Enron was America's seventh largest corporation. Enron gave the illusion that it was a steady company with good revenue but that was not the case, a large part of Enron’s profits were made of paper. This was made possible by masterfully designed accounting and morally questionable acts by traders and executives.
Deep debt and surfacing information about hiding losses gave the company big problems and in the late 2001 Enron declared bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy
Code.
Many factors affected Enron's surge to the top and its sudden fall. In this report we will discuss and present what we think were the main reasons of their rise and fall.
Enron’s surge to the top
From energy to trading
Kenneth Lay was one of the key spokesmen when it came to deregulation of the energy market, much because of his personal connection to the Bush family. In the early 1990's the
United States congress approved a legislation that deregulated the sale of natural gas. Not long before this Lay was…...

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