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In October 2020, the German Government announced an action plan to improve the work of auditors in Germany (see https://globallitigationnews.bakermckenzie.com/2020/10/21/unlimited-liability-for-auditors-in-germany/). This action plan resulted from the Wirecard scandal, one of the biggest financial scandals Germany has ever seen. Among others, the auditors of Wirecard had failed to uncover the massive financial fraud scheme that the top managers of Wirecard had created. An investigation committee of the German Parliament is still trying to get to the…

In June 2020, the Wirecard-scandal hit the financial markets. The German financial service provider Wirecard AG (“Wirecard”), a DAX 30 company, filed for insolvency after revelations that an amount of EUR 1.9 billion was missing from its books and the auditors had refused to certify Wirecard’s balance sheet. The company’s stock fell more than 70 % in only two days. In the future, books and movies will certainly exploit this scandal: a crime thriller including fake banks on…

Internationally working litigators and arbitration lawyers experience the following situation again and again: A US client believes that it might have a million dollar claim against a German contractual partner. The contractual partner refuses to pay. The US client therefore wants to enforce the claim in court, preferably at its “home courts”. The client has the greatest confidence in its home courts and the organizational effort is low. An action before the foreign court of…