Month: February 2021

German Regulator Steps Down, EY Changes Leadership Following Wirecard Scandal

From WSJ: The once-high flying electronic payments company disclosed a $2 billion accounting hole. The Wirecard AG scandal is leading to more exits, with the head of Germany’s accounting regulator stepping down and auditor Ernst & Young naming a new leadership team in the country. Edgar Ernst, president since 2011 of Germany’s Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel, said he …

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Will Cryptocurrencies Play By The Rules (and how will this impact CFOs)?

From Cfo.com: Institutional interest in Bitcoin may finally force regulators to come to terms with digital money. Nearly seven years ago, CFO asked finance chiefs an accounts receivable question: Would you allow a customer to pay in bitcoin? Now, the issue is one of cash management: Would you allow your treasury team to invest excess …

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The increased importance of tax risk management

By Jacques van Wyk, JGL Forensic Services, member IAFEI Technical Committee. From the IAFEI December 2020 Quarterly Bulletin Financial crises, well-documented corporate collapses and creative accounting practices are taking their toll on the general public’s trust in our institutions. Customers, communities and regulators are increasingly expecting more, and the bar continues to lift on what …

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Entrepreneur Coenie Middel went out in search for solutions to a post-Covid world

He set up a research project that raised 748 ideas, and settled on five new business cases. By Ciaran Ryan. When the Covid lockdown was first announced in March 2020, most companies turned their attention to the existential threats bearing down on them: cash flow, staff safety and how to survive the next few months. …

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FinTech and the digital disruption in financial services

From IAFEI December 2020 Quarterly newsletter: By Alessandro Valente, Co-chair of the Ethics and Sustainable Development Working Group at IAFEI and member of the Tax Technology Committee and of the New Tax Professionals Committee at CFE. Introduction The application of blockchain in the form of a Distributed Ledger Technology [DLT], has the potential to transform well …

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Germany CFO interview: Infineon stepped on the brakes early on

From IAFEI December 2020 Quarterly newsletter: Dr Sven Schneider, CFO of Infineon Technologies AG, issues a warning about the negative effects of the trade dispute between the US and China on Europe – sanctions against Huawei hit the chip producer. Mr Schneider, Infineon share price is presently trading above its level in February 2020, before …

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Boards’ Rising Interest in CFO Succession Planning: How to Prepare

From Deloitte: As many boards acquire greater responsibility for risk oversight, the task of selecting CFOs and planning for their succession is gaining more attention in the boardroom. Bryan Proctor, head of the Financial Officer Center of Expertise at Korn Ferry, discusses the market and boardroom dynamics driving greater board involvement in the CFO hiring …

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