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Major Reinsurers Look to Exclude Coal from Treaty Policies, as Climate Pressure Grows

Major reinsurers have already pulled back from providing bespoke cover for coal projects as part of efforts to meet global climate change commitments, but now comes the hard part – finding ways to exclude coal from bulk-buy contracts, known as …

Britain Targets Big 4 Auditors, Company Directors With Reform Proposals

Britain proposed weakening the market grip of “Big Four” auditors on Thursday and making company directors responsible for spotting fraud after the collapses of retailer BHS and builder Carillion. Directors would have to repay their bonuses if the company went …

Post-Brexit Exodus of Staff and Assets from London to EU Slows

LONDON – The shift in financial staff and assets from the City of London to the European Union because of Brexit has eased after Britain completed its full departure from the bloc, a tracker from consultants EY showed on Tuesday. …

German Court Says EY Auditors Must Testify Before Parliamentary Panel About Wirecard

Two Ernst & Young auditors were told by a German court that they must testify before a parliamentary committee about their accounting work for scandal-ridden Wirecard AG. The ruling gives EY clarity about how much information it may disclose under …

UK Company Directors Could Become Personally Liable for Financial Statements

LONDON – Company directors would become personally liable for the accuracy of their financial statements under landmark proposals from Britain’s finance ministry next week to improve corporate behavior, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday. Directors would have to …

Lloyd’s, Insurtech Parsyl Launch Insurance Facility for COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments

Lloyd’s and insurtech start-up Parsyl Inc. announced the launch of the Global Health Risk Facility (GHRF), which will provide billions of dollars of insurance coverage, together with risk mitigation services, to help protect and support the global distribution of COVID-19 …

More Than 7,500 Financial Services Jobs Move to Europe from London: EY Brexit Tracker

More than 7,500 finance jobs and a trillion pounds in assets have already left Britain for the European Union as banks prepare for full-blown Brexit in January, consultants EY said on Thursday. Banks, insurers and asset managers have opened new …

UK Watchdog Urges Big 4 Accounting Firms to Challenge Clients as Audit Quality Slides

The dominant accounting firms must do a better job of challenging their clients in order to reach a satisfactory level of audit quality, the industry’s UK watchdog said. The so-called Big Four — KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers …

UK Accounting Watchdog Asks Big Four to Ring-Fence Audit Practices

The UK dominant accounting firms must separate their audit units from other businesses by June 2024 as the country’s accounting watchdog reacts to shortcomings that led to the collapse of several companies. The Financial Reporting Council is asking the so-called …

From Enron to Wirecard – Big 4 Accounting Firms Still Face Systemic Problems

Two decades of financial disasters from Enron Inc.’s collapse in 2001 to Wirecard AG’s meltdown have left the Big Four accounting firms facing a major cultural problem that regulators may struggle to resolve. The 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) missing …