This excerpt taken from the WEN DEF 14A filed Apr 14, 2009.
(Item 8 on the Companys Proxy Card)
The Audit Committee has voted to appoint Deloitte & Touche LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm to examine the consolidated financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries for the fiscal year ending January 3, 2010. The Companys stockholders are asked to ratify that appointment at the Annual Meeting. In keeping with good corporate governance, the Audit Committee will periodically assess the suitability of its incumbent independent registered public accounting firm taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances, including the possible consideration of the qualifications of other accounting firms.
Representatives of Deloitte & Touche LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting and will have the opportunity to make a statement and to respond to appropriate questions. If the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP is not ratified at the meeting, the Audit Committee will consider the selection of another accounting firm.
The following is a description of the fees billed to the Company by Deloitte & Touche LLP during the fiscal years ended December 28, 2008 and December 30, 2007:
Audit Fees: Audit fees paid by the Company to Deloitte & Touche LLP in connection with Deloitte & Touche LLPs review and audit of the Companys annual financial statements, Deloitte & Touche LLPs review of the Companys interim financial statements included in the Companys Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and for services that are normally provided by Deloitte & Touche LLP in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements totaled approximately $3,500,000 for fiscal 2008 and $3,452,170 for fiscal 2007.
Audit-Related Fees: The aggregate fees billed by Deloitte & Touche LLP for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of the Companys financial statements and are not reported under the Audit Fees above were $1,028,100 for fiscal 2008 and $2,877,659 for fiscal 2007 (principally for work done by Deloitte & Touche LLP in connection with the sale of Deerfield and with respect to the merger transaction with Wendys in both fiscal years).
Tax Fees: The aggregate fees billed by Deloitte & Touche LLP for professional services rendered by Deloitte & Touche LLP for tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning were $167,265 for fiscal 2008 and $374,043 for fiscal 2007 (principally for income tax services and research, advice and consultation regarding tax-related matters in both fiscal years).
All Other Fees: Fees billed to the Company by Deloitte & Touche LLP for all other products and services provided to the Company and not reported under the three prior headings were $0 for both fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2007.
As noted in the Audit Committee Report (see page 51) the Audit Committee has considered whether the provision of services by Deloitte & Touche LLP that were not related to the audit of the Companys consolidated financial statements referred to above and to the reviews of the interim financial statements included in the Companys Forms 10-Q is compatible with maintaining Deloitte & Touche LLPs independence.