Training & Events
The Combat of Corruption and the Crucial Role of the Accountancy Profession
Date : 15/06/2017
Thursday 15 June 2017
Symposium - KBC Herman Teirlinckauditorium - Brussels
There are more than 1 million accountants, statutory auditors and internal auditors in Europe. The focus of this symposium is on the role of the accountancy profession as a gatekeeper in the combat of corruption. We will discuss the trends, assess the current situation and formulate recommendations. The symposium brings together auditors and accountants, business leaders, regulators, magistrates, standard setters, academia, lawyers and other stakeholders.
- Companies that violate anti-corruption rules pay ever-increasing fines, from several millions up to more than €3 billion per case.
- 75% of foreign bribery cases involve intermediaries including subsidiaries or other corporate vehicles. [source: OECD]
- 70% of the biggest corruption cases involve anonymous shell companies. [source: World Bank, UNODC]
- A vast proportion of the offshore industry - worth several trillions of Euros - resides in the western world.
We need strong gatekeepers to curb corruption. The accountancy profession must find an answer to the increasing stream of scandals in the areas of corruption, offshoring and money laundering. What is their vision on the risks of corruption and money laundering? To what extent is the detection of corruption a responsibility of auditors and accountants? How should auditors and accountants assess the risks related to offshore constructions? How strong is governance, risk & compliance within the accountancy industry? How effective are current reporting/whistleblowing systems around accountants and auditors? What is the impact of new frameworks: regulations, legislation, standards and guidelines?
08:30 - 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome: Mr. Dominique Dussard, Chair of Transparency International Belgium
09:05 - 09:10 Introduction of speakers: Mr. Evert-Jan Lammers, Chair for the day
09:10 - 10:00 The combat of corruption and the crucial role of the accountancy profession,
Key-note speaker: Mr. Mark Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Serious Fraud Office
10:00 - 11:00 Panel debate 1
To what extent is the detection of corruption a responsibility of accountants and auditors?
On the panel:
- Mr. Thierry Dupont, President at Belgian Institute of Registered Auditors (IBR-IRE), Partner RSM Interaudit
- Mr. Erik Claes, President Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Belgium), Chief Audit Executive Daikin Europe
- European Commission - Internal Audit Service
- Belgian Supervisory Authority for Registered Auditors, tbc
- CFO at EuroStoxx50 or BEL20 company
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Panel debate 2
How should accountants and auditors assess the risks related to offshore constructions?
On the panel:
- Mr. Olivier Boutellis Taft, CEO at Accountancy Europe
- Belgian Institute of Accountants and Tax Advisors (IAB-IEC)
- Mr. Philippe De Koster, Chair at Belgian Financial Intelligence Unit (CFI-CTIF), Judge at Court of Appeals
- Mr. Rudy Hoskens, Vice-President at Institute of Fraud Auditors (IFA) Belgium
- Mr. Michaël Fernandez-Bertier, Board Member at Transparency International Belgium, Lawyer Allen&Overy
12:30 - 13:30 Walking lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Teaser movie
14:00 - 15:00 Panel debate 3
How strong is governance, risk & compliance within the accountancy industry?
On the panel:
- European Group of International Accounting Networks (EGIAN)
- Mrs. Sonny Luypaert, President at Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Belgium, Partner EBBEN
- Mr. Yves Vandenplas, Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit & Assurance (PwC)
- Mrs. Antoinette d’Aspremont Lynden, Supervisory Board Member at GBL and BNPParibasFortis
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:30 Panel debate 4
How effective are current reporting/whistleblowing systems?
On the panel:
- Mrs. Mirjam Vermaut, President at Belgian Institute of Bookkeepers and Tax Experts (BIBF-IPCF)
- Mr. Jean-Paul Servais, Executive Chairman at Belgian Financial Sector and Markets Authority (FSMA)
- Mrs. Beatriz Sanz Redrado, Director at Office européen de lutte anti-fraude (OLAF)
- Mr. Guido De Clercq, CEO at Transparency International Belgium, former General Counsel Engie Group
16:30 - 16:45 Wrap-up and closing
16:45 - 18:00 Cocktail reception
Mrs. Brooke Masters, Editor at Financial Times
Mr. Dave Van Moppes, Attorney-at-Law at Tuerlinckx
Practical information and registration
KBC Herman Teirlinckauditorium
Havenlaan 2, rue du Port
Tour & Taxis
Havenlaan 86C, rue du Port
Train: North Station
English, French and Dutch (simultanious translation)
165€, members of Transparency International and students 100€ (Become a member now)
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This symposium accounts for 6 CPE credits (this may vary per professional institute)