Here is an old JPMorgan advertisement from the late ’80s that explains this cube. In a nutshell, it is that the cube/tombstone from the “tombstone of the unknown deal.” I made a joke to a senior guy at Bowne of Boston after a public deal cratered and he made a couple of these babies.
Recently, I also received this story from a member:
During a drafting session for a follow-on offering in which we were underwriters’ counsel, we commented that the CFO was referred to in his bio as a certified pubic accountant. Company counsel expressed surprise because they had copied the language verbatim from the original IPO prospectus. There followed 1-1/2 seconds of uncomfortable silence, after which we flipped through a copy of the IPO prospectus and confirmed the worst.
There is some consolation in the fact that a search of the term “certified pubic” on EDGAR yields 142 hits (and counting).