Featured Law & Accountancy

What 6AMLD Doesn’t Say About Legal Liabilities

With only a day to go before the deadline for EU member-states to transpose the bloc’s Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD), significant questions remain unanswered about how it will be enforced on a national-level. In an apparent response to recent banking scandals, the directive will make the “aiding and… Read More

UK’s Big Four auditors await shake-up as corruption probes add up

Britain’s audit sector, dominated by the so-called Big Four accountancy giants, is shortly expected to discover how it must reinvent itself amid a series of probes into alleged corruption, including one linked to the collapse of German electronic payments group Wirecard. UK authorities want the industry to separate audit and… Read More

U.K. Court Freezes Up to $5 Billion Tied to Alleged Kazakhstan Bank Theft

A U.K. civil court froze up to $5 billion in assets including stakes in luxury hotels, cash in bank accounts in half a dozen countries and a Burger King franchise, as part of an international legal saga that ensnared Kazakhstan’s richest businessmen, according to court documents. The Business and Property… Read More
30th November 2020
Deutsche Bank AG’s top accounting executive, Andreas Loetscher, is being investigated over his role as the auditor of Wirecard AG while he was with his former firm, Ernst & Young, two people familiar with the matter said. Germany’s accounting regulator, APAS, is… Read More
23rd November 2020
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career. Prosecutors allege Sarkozy offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for judge… Read More
19th November 2020
The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is calling for additional reforms to the country’s system for reporting suspicious transactions in an effort to scale back the volume of defensive filings it receives, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Although the Home Office has launched a “transformation programme” aimed at overhauling… Read More
16th November 2020
A prominent anti-corruption campaign group is calling on the government to ban EY from bidding on public contracts for three years, accusing the big four accounting and consultancy group of “recurring professional misconduct”. Spotlight on Corruption has written to the Crown Procurement Service asking it to examine if business… Read More
13th November 2020
Swiss companies will no longer be able to deduct bribes paid to private individuals from their taxes, Switzerland’s government said on Wednesday, according to an update of tax laws due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022. Beyond bribes, costs from financing criminal activities or money paid in return for… Read More
12th November 2020
The Qatari state is orchestrating a criminal conspiracy to pervert British justice through bribery, witness intimidation and the planting of illegal tracking devices, a court was told yesterday. It was claimed in the High Court that such steps were ordered in an attempt to shield the emir of Qatar from… Read More
11th November 2020
On a cool Saturday evening in March, Jan Marsalek headed across Munich for dinner at the home of a friend. It was a welcome respite for the chief operating officer of German payment processor Wirecard AG, as the previous few weeks had been particularly exacting. Allegations of accounting fraud… Read More
11th November 2020
An east London solicitor handling six-figure international transactions with no experience of ever having done so has been suspended indefinitely. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found that Biplab Jumar Poddar, who practised from Hamlet Solicitors LLP, accepted £122,000 from a Chinese client and subsequently paid out £112,000 of those funds to… Read More
9th November 2020
The Philippines is examining financial transactions of a law office and a tour operator that “appeared to have acted for” Wirecard AG or the company’s former chief operating officer Jan Marsalek, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. The National Bureau of Investigation has submitted a progress report on its probe… Read More
6th November 2020
The prosecution has launched a probe into allegations that Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl’s wife was involved in bribery and stock manipulation cases, judicial sources said Thursday. According to the sources, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office has assigned the cases to an anti-corruption investigation team to look into the allegations… Read More