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European Investors – VEB seek compensation for investors from Wirecard’s auditor EY in Germany

- EY, in its capacity as statutory auditor of Wirecard AG has not assumed the full width of its responsibilities and, hence has not properly fulfilled its role. - EY has played a significant role in the whole Wirecard scandal, not only from its inability to detect the flaws in Wirecard’s escrow account in former years. Moreover EY’s communication behaviours are harmful to the Wirecard shar...
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European Investors expects transparency on postponement 2019 financial statement Wirecard AG

On 25 May 2020 Wirecard postponed its presentation of the 2019 consolidated financial statement for the third time to 18 June 2020. This worry investors because Wirecard's CEO - Dr Markus Braun - stated on 3 May that EY would have 'no problem' in signing off the 2019 accounts on 4 June 2020. The reason now mentioned for the deferral; ‘not all audit procedures have yet been completed’, does not ...
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Is Airbus strong enough to sing it out without state aid?

With almost 30 billion euros in cash and a healthy order book, Airbus has survived the first part of the crisis well. The Spanish-French-German aircraft manufacturer, headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, does not want to hear of state aid. How long can the consortium boast this relatively comfortable position, while it has mostly operated in the aviation sector, which has been walloped in ...
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COVID-19 checklist

Alternative topics during exceptional times Message from the chairman In light of the extraordinary circumstances arisen from the global outbreak of COVID-19, many governments have taken actions to drastically restrict the free movements of people while also prohibiting the holding of public gatherings. As fully acknowledged to be a crucial measure in combatting this outbreak, we urge all comp...
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Sustainable investment funds deliver on ESG but not always on returns

The ultimate challenge for sustainable investment funds is being able to combine social, climate-related and governance issues with good returns. This European Investors’ study ranks the funds by using the individual companies’ ESG scores and included these in the overall portfolio scores on the basis of their relative allocation in the sustainable investment portfolio. The Sustainable Europe I...
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The pursuit of equity investment in SMEs

European Investors believes that EU citizens and SMEs should contribute to and benefit from well-functioning equity markets and gain of the associated economic growth. If credit or bank financing isn’t available for SMEs, market financing is an option. However, SMEs have to understand the mechanics and dynamics of capital markets to be able to navigate and leverage them. The fact that SMEs are sti...
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Update VEB/European Investors class action against VW

On 24 September 2019 the German prosecutor in Braunschweig announced proceedings against VW’s CEO Herbert Diess and the Chairman of VW’s supervisory board Hans Dieter Pötsch and former CEO Martin Winterkorn in a 636 page complaint. The investigation and prosecution concern the withholding of insider information on rigged emissions tests four years ago. A new accusation is that VW was too late i...
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Sustainable ETFs put most of investors’ money into tech companies

Sustainable investment is more popular than ever. The number of investment funds that specifically state that they put investors’ money into the shares of companies that focus on good corporate governance and the environment has never been higher and is continuing to grow rapidly, along with the capital that investors are entrusting to these funds. What do these sustainable funds have to offer inv...
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Series of studies on Sustainable Finance

Fraud risks and corruption, climate change and social injustice. These factors are gaining more attention from investors. This growing level of interest has also been prompted by forthcoming legislation which expects that factors should be taken into account which as yet are not fully reflected in company P&L accounts. It is clear that the financial markets are on the threshold of major cha...
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VEB takes Deloitte to court for losses incurred by Steinhoff investors

PRESS RELEASE   VEB takes Deloitte to court for losses incurred by Steinhoff investors  The VEB has summoned Deloitte Accountants to appear before the District Court of Rotterdam for the losses incurred by the Steinhoff shareholders. Deloitte, incorrectly providing an unqualified auditor’s report on Steinhoff’s financial statements for 2016, seriously failed to fulfil its duties as laid down by...
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