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Beazley Expands Life Sciences Insurance Offering in UK

Specialist insurer Beazley has enhanced its life sciences insurance offering in the UK with the launch of a new policy designed to protect the sector’s small and start-up research & development-focused organizations. This follows the UK launch of Beazley’s internationally …

Former Wirecard Executive Marsalek Placed on Interpol’s Most Wanted List

Former Wirecard AG executive Jan Marsalek was added to Interpol’s red notice list, sparking a worldwide manhunt for one of the executives allegedly at the center of a multibillion-euro accounting scandal at the fintech company The move alerts police worldwide …

Germany to Reform Regulation of Insurers, Banks, Payment Firms on Wirecard Scandal

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz intends to unveil a reform of the government’s financial oversight, as the widening scandal over the collapse of Wirecard AG reaches the highest levels of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. Scholz’s 16-point “action plan” would install …

German Prosecutors Arrest Ex-Wirecard Execs on Suspicion of Running Criminal Racket

German prosecutors arrested three former top executives of Wirecard on Wednesday, saying it suspected them of masterminding a criminal racket to fake the company’s accounts and bilk creditors of billions of euros. Former Chief Executive Markus Braun, already a suspect, …

Wirecard Hires Forensic Investigator, Say Sources. Findings Could Aid in D&O Litigation.

German payments company Wirecard has hired Alix Partners for a forensic investigation of the accounting scandal that led to its collapse, people close to the matter said. The blue-chip company filed for insolvency last month, owing creditors almost $4 billion …

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 …

Most UK SMEs Don’t Understand Risks of Cyber Attacks, Data Loss: Aon Poll

A poll of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro businesses in the UK shows over half are confused by or even unaware of the rules around the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), while more than eight out of …

SME Law Firms in England & Wales May See Rise in Professional Indemnity Rates: Marsh

Some professional indemnity (PI) insurers are applying greater rigor, are being increasingly selective, or are repricing risks, for small and mid-sized law firms in England and Wales, warned Marsh in a market update. As Oct. 1 approaches – the most …