Chicago (April 26, 2002) -- As part of continuing efforts to whittle itself down to an audit only firm, Andersen said it signed a tentative deal with Robert Half International Inc. for the staffing firm to hire a "substantial majority" of partners and employees of the Big Five firm's U.S. business risk consulting practice.The deal could close as early as April 30. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Arthur Andersen’s Business Risk Consulting Services specializes in areas internal audit, technology risk consulting, and financial and commodity risk consulting. The group's employees will collectively form a new Robert Half International Inc. business unit devoted solely to advising corporations and boards on techniques to better manage business risk, according to the firm.

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