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Britain’s accountancy watchdog has opened an investigation into KPMG’s audit of the accounts of aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce.

The Monetary Reporting Council (FRC) will probe the accountancy large’s oversight of Rolls-Royce’s monetary statements masking 4 years.

It follows Rolls-Royce’s settlement of £671m with the Severe Fraud Workplace in January over corruption allegations.

KPMG mentioned it was co-operating and was “assured within the high quality” of its work.

The FRC said in a statement: “The FRC has commenced an investigation underneath the Audit Enforcement Process into the conduct of KPMG Audit Plc, in relation to the audit of the monetary statements of Rolls-Royce Group plc for the 12 months ended 31 December 2010 and of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc for the years ended 31 December 2011 to 31 December 2013.

“The choice to research follows the SFO announcement on 17 January 2017 of a Deferred Prosecution Settlement between the SFO and Rolls-Royce which pertains to offences together with conspiracy to deprave and a failure to stop bribery.”

The agreements relate to bribery and corruption scandals involving intermediaries in abroad markets akin to Indonesia and China.

Rolls-Royce first handed info to the SFO in 2012 after going through “allegations of malpractice” within the two nations, after which the fraud squad launched a proper investigation.

The corporate mentioned on the time that its personal investigations had discovered “issues of concern” in extra abroad markets.

KPMG, one of many world’s largest accountancy corporations, mentioned: “It will be significant that regulators performing within the public curiosity ought to overview excessive profile points. We’ll co-operate totally with the FRC’s investigation, which follows the SFO’s investigations into Rolls-Royce.

“We’re assured within the high quality of all of the audit work now we have accomplished for Rolls-Royce, together with the 2010-2013 interval the FRC is contemplating.”

Rolls-Royce apologised “unreservedly” after the SFO settlement.

The SFO revealed 12 counts of conspiracy to deprave or failure to stop bribery in seven nations – Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia, Nigeria, China and Malaysia.

Typically described as “a jewel within the UK’s industrial crown”, Rolls-Royce makes engines for army and civil planes, in addition to for trains, ships, nuclear submarines and energy stations.