A new EU-regime for statutory audits came into force on June 16, 2014. Although the new framework applies to all statutory audits, the most significant reforms relate to public interest entities (PIEs) which include listed companies, credit institutions, insurance undertakings and potentially other nationally designated entities (with significant public relevance on account of type, size and number of employees). The primary objective of the reform is to increase the quality of the statutory audit by enhancing audit independence and providing investors with better and more detailed information on key areas of risk and fraud.
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Since August 2012, there has been a lot of discussion in anti-corruption circles about Oracle’s settlement with the SEC, including here. Much of the past discussion has focused on the fact that the SEC charged Oracle with books & records and internal controls FCPA violations without an attendant allegation of bribery. Rather, the SEC said in its complaint that “[f]rom 2005 to 2007, certain employees of Oracle's Indian subsidiary Oracle India Private Limited ("Oracle India") secretly "parked" a portion of the proceeds from certain sales to the Indian government and put the money to unauthorized use, creating the potential for bribery or embezzlement.” (emphasis added).
The halls of regulators and law enforcement agencies around the world appear to be full of government officials investigating cases of bribery and corruption.