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Scope’s Greensill Bank Rating Tragedy

Agencies, Authorities, Governance, Read, Regulations

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) filed criminal charges Against The Bank’s Board Members. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) in Germany received monthly reports from Greensill Bank AG (Greensill Bank) about the bank’s balance sheet data from January 2019 on. This is evident from the answer given by Parliamentary State Secretary Sarah Ryglewski on…

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Insolvent Greensill Bank Relied on “Scope Risk Solutions”

Agencies, Auditors, Authorities, Regulations

The German supervision missed the chance to intervene. “It cannot be right for a rating agency to give a bank a rating and at the same time advise on the analysis,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quotes Frank Schäffler (FDP), a member of the German Bundestag. “That stinks to heaven,” is how the financial expert sums…

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Two Are On The Supervisory Board Of Greensill Bank. Then Why Scope Ratings And Not GBB-Rating?


A Complicated Choice Between Conflicts of Interest. The rating of an independent credit rating agency is a valuable source of information also for the supervisory board of a company, especially for the supervisory board of a bank. The thoroughness of the analysis by credit rating analysts helps to understand the external view onto the company…

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Management Board of the Auditing Association of German Banks​​ Changing


Former colleague of the later Greensill Bank Supervisory board member has left. The Federal Association of German Banks (BdB) is drawing initial conclusions from the Greensill Bank‘s 3 billion euro compensation case. As the organization confirmed on request of the Börsen-Zeitung, it will analyze the structure of its auditing association and its staff with the…

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Clever Commission From the City of Münster in Westphalia

Agencies, Analysts, Authorities, Experts

An automated safety net for municipal investments has not existed since 2017. If municipalities do not want to set up extensive bond research departments themselves, in which financial analysts examine thousands of qualitative data and annual financial statements from issuers of financial products, the municipalities depend on the independent judgments of reliable credit rating agencies…

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Kickers Don’t Hit


URA Research GmbH is once again coming up with new insights into bonds. After reviewing and analyzing the financial reports published in 2021, the URA ratings for 13 bonds were confirmed. For 2 bonds (FC Schalke 04 III and Katjes III) the assessment has deteriorated. The 4th bond from Schalke 04 and the 1st bond…

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Ernst & Young No Longer Has Any Equity On Its Balance Sheet


Auditors have been making double-digit million losses for years. At Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (EY) in Germany, “equity” is on the assets side, namely as a “deficit not covered by equity” in the amount of € 62,715,000. The provisions, liabilities, deferred income as well as deferred taxes and fiduciary obligations exceed the company’s assets…