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The Combat of Corruption and the Crucial Role of the Accountancy Profession

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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?

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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, Board Member Transparency International Belgium and 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?

Panellists:

  • 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
  • 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?

Panellists:

  • 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 Movie

14:00 - 15:00 Panel debate 3
How strong is governance, risk & compliance within the accountancy industry?

Panellists:

  • 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?

Panellists:

  • 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

Moderators:

Mrs. Brooke Masters, Editor at Financial Times

Mr. Dave Van Moppes, Attorney-at-Law at Tuerlinckx


Practical information

Parking:
Tour & Taxis
Havenlaan 86C, rue du Port
1080 Brussels

Public transport:
Metro Ribaucourt
Train: North Station

Language:
English, French and Dutch (simultanious translation)

Entrance fee:
Regular entrance fee: 165€

Members of Transparency International and students: 100€ (Become a member now).

For more information: info@transparencybelgium.be.

This symposium accounts for 6 CPE credits (this may vary per professional institute)

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