Articles by Richard A. Oppel Jr.



Inquiry: Regulators Missed Enron Clues

  • 13 November 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Senate investigators have concluded that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission repeatedly missed clues about improper dealings at Enron that could have led to earlier scrutiny of the company.

Audit Law Floated in Enron Scandal's Wake

  • 13 February 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
House Republicans are circulating proposals for post-Enron U.S. legislation that they say would strengthen standards for auditor independence and corporate financial disclosure.

Auditors Under Fire at Hearings

  • 28 January 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
U.S. lawmakers investigating the Enron Corp. said that new evidence showed that the company's auditors, Arthur Andersen, destroyed documents knowing that they might be relevant to criminal and civil investigations.

Auditors Knew of Enron Warning

  • 18 January 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Enron's auditors knew in mid-August of a senior Enron employee's concerns about improprieties in the energy company's accounting practices, U.S. congressional investigators studying Enron's collapse said Wednesday.

Lawyer Told Workers To Shred Enron Files

  • 15 January 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
An internal lawyer at Arthur Andersen gave employees who worked on its Enron account permission Oct. 12 to destroy thousands of documents and records having to do with that work, according to investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of several U.S. congressional panels investigating Enron's collapse.

Ex-Enron Chief: I Never Saw It Coming

  • 24 December 01
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
As U.S. government investigators look for the roots of Enron's demise, the Enron chief executive who quit just months before the company collapsed broke his silence to deny any responsibility or wrongdoing.

Enron Collapses as Dynegy Quits Merger Talks

  • 30 November 01
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Enron, the champion of energy deregulation that grew into one of the nation's 10 largest companies, collapsed after a rival backed out of a deal to buy it and many big trading partners stopped doing business with it.

Enron Falls 23% on Talk of Dynegy Exit

  • 22 November 01
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Shares of the Enron Corp. plunged 23 percent Tuesday as expectations grew in the stock and energy markets that Dynegy Inc. would either back out of its deal to rescue the struggling energy trader or seek to renegotiate terms of their merger.

Can Dynegy Untangle Enron?

  • 13 November 01
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Call it a $9 billion shotgun wedding. Dynegy Inc., an energy marketer and trader based in Houston, took the biggest gamble in its corporate history Friday by agreeing to buy the Enron Corp., its much larger crosstown rival, for more than $9 billion in stock.

Dynegy Set to Buy Enron for $8Bln

  • 09 November 01
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The board of Dynegy Inc. tentatively approved a deal Wednesday night to acquire Enron Corp., a once-mighty energy-trading company laid low by a financial crisis and government investigation, said executives close to the transaction.

Soros Taps Banker to Revive Fund