I used to be an Andersen partner - now life is much more fun

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In a sense, The Funding Corporation FD Stephen Buckley owes his career to the collapse of Enron. Though it's likely that, as a natural high-flyer, he'd have found himself alright even if the energy giant hadn't gone belly up.

Buckley, 37, left Oxford at the age of 20, with a first in Maths. He was the top rated tax adviser in an Institute of Chartered Accountants awards scheme, and in 1999, at the age of 31, became the youngest ever UK partners at Arthur Andersen, where he stayed for three years until Arthur Andersen spectacular collapse.

As it happens, Buckley had already decided he wanted to leave. "Once you're in a big practice like that, there's a tendency to find yourself on a treadmill. I'd been getting increasingly frustrated. The job was becoming more and more regulated, there was le...

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