Date: 5th December 2022
Author: Better Finance

In June 2020, the Wirecard scandal unraveled, generating unprecedented retail investor detriment worth about €20 billion. BETTER FINANCE reacted, labelling it an “outrageous case of corporate governance, external auditing and supervisory failures[1] and calling for an urgent reform of EU Audit Rules.

The responsibility and liability of the external auditor is at stake. More than two years ago the fraud was first brought to light by journalists and whistle-blowers, instead of the auditors whose responsibility it was to do so. Since then, no indemnification has been received by, or even proposed to, the victims so far.

This is why the European Commission (EC) announced the roadmap for regulatory reform of the EU Audit Rules and sent out a public consultation about improved corporate reporting requirements in November 2021.[2]

In particular, it was considering moving to a joint or shared audit for large corporations. But since then, the reform does not seem to have progressed, and BETTER FINANCE is very concerned that this major reform that would go a long way towards improving investor trust, is being watered down or, worse, abandoned.

[1] See BETTER FINANCE Press Release available here:

[2] See BETTER FINANCE’s response here: