Audit firms and accountancy

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Audit firms and accountancy

Audit firms are increasingly facing regulatory pressure in the areas of supervision, administrative sanctions, liability and disciplinary law and corporate governance. Regulators such as the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) and the Public Prosecutor (OM) are continuing to investigate audit firms and individual auditors, which often leads to prosecution. Audit firms and individual auditors are also increasingly targeted in liability suits before the civil and criminal courts.

Recent legal developments resulting from EU legislation have significantly affected the profession. This can be seen in the auditing of the financial statements of Public Interest Entities (PIEs) but also in the separation of audit and advisory services, the regular rotation of audit firms and individual auditors as well as additional requirements regarding communication between the auditor and the audit committee of the PIE. As a consequence of this increased regulation, audit firms and individual auditors are being scrutinized and targeted not only by regulators but also by stakeholders.

Our audit firm and accountancy sector team has in-depth market knowledge which enables us to efficiently advise our clients on disciplinary law, supervisory regulation, criminal law, financial reporting, corporate governance and directors’ and auditors’ liability. We also represent and defend our clients in disciplinary, criminal and civil proceedings.

 

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Experience

  • 21.06.2019 NL law
    Stibbe successfully represents EY in fine case

    Experience - Stibbe represented EY in an appeal before the Industrial Appeal Court (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven; CBb) filed by the AFM after the Rotterdam District Court's decision at the end of 2017 to annul the fines imposed by the AFM. The Rotterdam District Court had ruled that the AFM had not proved that EY (and PwC) had breached its duty of care.

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Market recognition

Well-renowned Benelux firm with experience in transactions involving public bodies and regulated industries. Strong expertise in private equity transactions, assisting a range of corporates and funds with both the Belgian and international deals. Benefits from a strongly integrated team to offer a full service across tax, finance, employment and public law mandates.

Chambers Europe 2019, Corporate / M&A chapter

Its 'client-oriented' team is 'easy to work with and very pragmatic'.

Legal 500 2019, Banking, finance and capital markets chapter

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