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Deutsche Financial institution’s head of accounting probed over Wirecard

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Germany’s audit watchdog is investigating Deutsche Financial institution’s head of accounting Andreas Loetscher over potential misconduct in his earlier function at EY, the place he was one of many companions liable for the audits of Wirecard.

Wirecard, a as soon as high-flying funds firm, acquired unqualified audits from EY for greater than a decade earlier than it collapsed into insolvency this summer time.

Mr Loetscher, who joined Germany’s largest lender in Could 2018 after a two-decade lengthy profession on the Large 4 agency, is certainly one of at the least two Wirecard auditors who’re personally being investigated by Germany’s audit oversight physique Apas over potential violations {of professional} duties.

Apas can impose fines and in excessive circumstances disbar auditors for misconduct. In late September the watchdog informed felony prosecutors that EY might have acted criminally. Munich prosecutors are evaluating that evaluation however haven’t launched a felony investigation into particular person auditors’ conduct.

Alexander Geschonneck, a KPMG associate who led a special audit of Wirecard, informed MPs on Thursday that EY ought to have noticed the fraud earlier. “What we did [in the special audit] was not rocket science,” he stated. “It wasn’t carried out [before by EY].”

Mr Loetscher and three of his former colleagues on Thursday declined to provide testimony to the parliamentary inquiry fee into the Wirecard scandal.

Mr Loetscher and Martin Dahmen cited the Apas investigation in opposition to them. Underneath German regulation, witnesses are entitled to stay silent if they’re underneath investigation over the identical matter. The committee accepted they’d grounds to not testify and discharged them as witnesses.

Jens Zimmermann, an MP for the Social Democrats, informed the Monetary Instances there was specific curiosity within the place of Deutsche Financial institution because of its misconduct on varied issues prior to now, including that he advisable the financial institution ought to “critically mirror on its present set-up” because the lender will probably be audited by Mr Loetscher’s former employer EY from 2021.

Fabio De Masi, an MP for the left-wing Die Linke social gathering, careworn that the presumption of innocence utilized. “Nonetheless, Mr Loetscher presently poses a really excessive fame danger [for Deutsche Bank], particularly as his former employer from 2021 will probably be Deutsche Financial institution’s auditor,” Mr De Masi stated.

Deutsche Financial institution informed the Monetary Instances that “we admire working with Andreas Loetscher as a colleague and we now have full confidence in his experience and talent for the job”. Mr Loetscher declined to remark.

Apas declined to remark.

Mr Dahmen’s lawyer stated: “We’re satisfied that it’ll turn out to be obvious that Mr Dahmen did meet his skilled duties immaculately.”

EY stated that “primarily based on our present state of information, our colleagues carried out the audits professionally and in good religion”.

Two different EY companions — Christian Orth and Stefan Heissner — additionally declined to provide testimony to parliament on Thursday. They had been fined €1,000 as MPs determined that Wirecard’s administrator and each boards had lifted the confidentiality necessities. Each will enchantment in opposition to the high-quality. They pledged to provide full testimony as soon as the authorized uncertainty had been resolved.