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Last week I received an email to ask for clarity on the huge increase in one of the hottest topics right now – decentralised finance. There’s an excellent comprehensive introduction to the topic of DeFi from Gavin Brown Associate Professor in FinTech (https://www.icaew.com/insights/viewpoints-on-the-news/2020/oct-2020/what-is-defi-and-why-does-it-matter-for-accountants) , CA on the ICAEW website this week.
MS Excel was a top story on the BBC website this week. If, like me you were fastidiously following the UK Excel file / covid bungle, I recommend this site dedicated to recording spreadsheet risk (http://www.eusprig.org/horror-stories.htm) . Full of fascinating [no, they really are!] spreadsheet horror stories…
“Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates”…. “Drinks company’s £5.2M spreadsheet arithmetic error”.
Danske Bank AML update – Danske is due to finish its own investigation into the internal governance mistakes that allowed €200 billion+ of dirty money to flow through the Estonian subsidiary from 2007- 2015 (https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-danske-bank-moneylaundering-explainer/explainer-danske-banks-200-billion-euro-money-laundering-scandal-idUKKCN1NO10D) . For those interested, Compliance Week will be hosting a webinar (ticketed) withDanske Banks new Chief Compliance officer, Philippe Vollot in November. (https://events.complianceweek.com/event/2b0a2c22-8c3e-4682-b44c-2e849f97e2f2/websitePage:a8d1b404-6ba9-4215-b995-13ee6a0a7937?rt=yVO0CzbuzEeLFG80Jo5GRA&utm_campaign=cwe2020v&utm_medium=email&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1RCaVpqRTBaVFU1TkRRMCIsInQiOiJuNkRDTGJTUUo0d0wyRitsZWlSTUxUd1k3OEpUOVhlT1RKTDM3REwyR3NmUVpxSzExZmhsdjBGZ200S2tWeEE2VklYeXgxeXpHRmtsbEc5SXZBS1VGRVQ0K3dVMWdyV2I5UStleTBDSkdzV2h6YnFXbWRac1dIZGhqY2d1Y2VYVSJ9&RefId=em05-agenda-link&utm_content=cta_agenda&utm_source=em05-mmbr-rg-1)
Deutsche Bank were also being investigated as a result of the Danske Bank probe but German prosecutors have now dropped their Money Laundering investigation into senior management misconduct… however on their way out, they did leave the German bank with a $16M fine… story below.
That’s all for this week.
In the news this week…
DEUTSCHE BANK FINED $16M BY GERMAN PROSECUTORS IN DANSKE PROBE
Deutsche Bank AG fined 13.5 million euros ($16 million) by Frankfurt prosecutors over money-laundering violations related to work with Danske Bank… read more (https://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/deutsche-bank-fined-by-german-prosecutors-in-danske-bank-probe)
HEDGE FUND FINED FOR NOT DISCLOSING SHORT POSITIONS
A Hong Kong-based hedge fund has been fined almost £900,000 after failing to disclose its record-breaking short position in Premier Oil… read more (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hedge-fund-fined-for-not-disclosing-premier-short-ng83f9zs5#:~:text=A%20Hong%20Kong%2Dbased%20hedge,short%20position%20in%20Premier%20Oil.&text=The%20fund%2C%20which%20declined%20to,Capital%2C%20an%20American%20hedge%20fund.)
AUDITOR DEATHS – LIBERIA REQUESTS US INTERVENTION AFTER STRING OF DEATHS
President George Weah of Liberia is seeking the assistance of the United States administration to probe the mysterious deaths of at least three government workers in eight days… read more (https://uk.news.yahoo.com/liberia-requests-us-intervention-string-185402926.html)
LLOYDS BANK – INTERNAL AUDIT REDUNDANCIES EXPECTED
According to Accord, one of its staff unions, the groups internal audit team and retail chief operating office are likely to be effected with redundancies… read more (https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/10/15/lloyds-banking-group-have-announced-more-job-cuts/)
FCA TURNS THE SCREWS ON COMPLIANCE WHEN WORKING FROM HOME
FCA warns banks they must provide the same standard of surveillance for those working from home amid coronavirus crisis as they would in an office environment… read more (https://www.finextra.com/newsarticle/36734/fca-turns-the-screws-on-compliance-in-work-from-home-environment)
FCA – TWO IFAS BANNED FOR LYING ABOUT HIGH NET WORTH CLIENTS
The City watchdog has banned two advisers who lied about the high net worth status of numerous clients to Sipp provider James Hay…
read more (https://www.ftadviser.com/regulation/2020/10/12/fca-bans-ifas-who-lied-about-high-net-worth-clients/)
ISA600 – CHANGE ON THE HORIZON FOR GROUP AUDITS
As IAASB’s consultation on standards concludes, the ICAEW expects a revised standard which will require auditors to take a more top-down, risk-based approach to the audit of groups… read more (https://www.icaew.com/insights/viewpoints-on-the-news/2020/oct-2020/change-on-the-horizon-for-group-audits)
EXTERNAL AUDIT – GUIDE FOR AUDITORS ON REPORTING IRREGULARITIES INCLUDING FRAUD
Audit reports covering periods post December 2019 must explain extent to which the audit was considered capable of detecting irregularities… read more (https://www.icaew.com/insights/viewpoints-on-the-news/2020/oct-2020/change-on-the-horizon-for-group-audits)
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