re "didn't flag up anything"
Top four globalised auditing group : "This here Autonomy business, from it's published accounts, and capitalisation is worth around $500m to $900m**. And you're paying how much?"
Buyer : Oh, just the small matter of $11b.
If that doesn't flag up anything then all is lost.
** purely made up by myself, have no knowledge of any actual figures. For illustrative purposes only.