Düsseldorf, 01 July 2020 – DSW, the leading shareholder association in Germany, repeatedly criticised Wirecard in the last years for its lack of transparency and weak Corporate Goverance structures. „The ad-hoc disclosure of 18 of June 2020, in which the company stated that there was no proof for the escrow accounts about 1.9 billion €

It is with surprise that BETTER FINANCE and its member organisations representing financial services users read the headline on 18 June 2020 that Wirecard AG (“WD”), one of Europe’s FinTech success stories, may have mis-reported €1.9 billion in its balance sheets, filling for insolvency a few days later.

We, the undersigned organisations, would like to congratulate you for the very important announcement made during several recent online events, that the Commission will propose legislation in 2021 on both corporate due diligence and directors’ duties as part of your initiative on sustainable corporate governance, taking into account ongoing national-level mandatory due diligence developments. We

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has published the new list of members of its Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG). The selected individuals begin a four-year term on 1 July 2020. The SMSG will provide ESMA with advice on its policy work and must be consulted on technical

BETTER FINANCE and BEUC published a Joint Public Letter concerning the collective redress file in light of the recently published Final Report of the High-Level Forum on the Future of the Capital Markets Union, reaffirming the necessity of creating a pan-EU collective redress mechanism that does not exclude European citizens as financial consumers and individual

PRESS RELEASE The Report of the High-Level Forum on the European Capital Markets Union (CMU): European Savers one step closer to getting Sustainable Value for their Money Brussels, 10 June 2020 – A little over 6 months after the European Commission (EC) launched its High-Level Forum (HLF) on the Future of CMU, the group of

Brussels, 4 June 2020 – On 29 April 2020 the heads of European and Member State organisations representing individual shareholders across Europe sent an Open Letter to the European Commission (EC) opposing lobbying attempts led by powerful financial intermediaries to postpone the implementation of the Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD II). Their call has now

Brussels, 22 May 2020 – With the current crisis calling for a tightening of the link between employees and their companies, especially in the case of SMEs, BETTER FINANCE’s member organisation  EFES, the European Federation of Employee Share Ownership, launched a concrete proposal on how to co-opt Employee Share Ownership (ESO) to help fund companies

In a letter to European commissioners, BETTER FINANCE said that investors would have to wait another full general meeting period to be able to exercise their voting right if SRD II’s implementation is postponed. As a number of stakeholders are demanding the commission to postpone the implementation of the Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD II),