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E. Michael Pierce

San Francisco, CA, USA

Michael is an audit partner serving global companies in the banking and financial service industries. He currently serves as Professional Practice Partner for the four offices in KPMG’s Bay Area Business Unit.

Michael is also SEC Reviewing Partner focusing banking and leasing companies. In addition, Michael has spoken on a variety of accounting and auditing issues as an instructor in connection with KPMG’s national training programs and as an external speaker for industry conferences. In 2002, he completed a two year fellowship in the Office of Chief Accountant of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Michael has worked in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice (DPP) as both a partner and senior manager.
Currently, Michael serves as the moderator for KPMG’s Audit Committee Roundtable sessions in San Francisco.

Professional and Industry Experience

Michael has experience working with global companies such as Visa and General Electric Capital Corporation as an audit engagement partner and as an audit partner in DPP. In these roles, Michael has assisted clients with the application of accounting principles and SEC regulations with a concentration in financial instruments (including derivatives), allowance for loan losses, variable interest entities, revenue recognition as well as securitization accounting.
As an audit engagement partner, Michael’s responsibilities also include interacting with participating foreign KPMG offices as well as coordinating the audit work within internal control environments, including those in processing environments. Michael is a technical resource in many areas of accounting including derivative and hedging relationships, debt and equity accounting, and share based payment arrangements.

Function and Specialization

Michael is an Audit Partner in the San Francisco office and focuses his time in the Financial Services Industry.

Representative Clients

  • SVB Financial Group
  • First Republic Bank
  • Visa Inc.
  • Central Pacific Financial Corp.
  • Westamerica Bancorporation
  • Square Inc.
  • Northern Trust Corporation
  • Air Lease Corporation
  • CAI Corporation
  • General Electric Capital Corporation
  • Citigroup, Inc.

Professional Associations




Education, Licenses & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana -Campaign
  • Certified Public Accountant New York, Connecticut and California

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