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EY in Greece | Events FY17

December 2016

2 December

Inaugural EY and Shearman & Sterling Capital Markets Forum

EY in Greece and Shearman & Sterling organized the Inaugural EY and Shearman & Sterling Capital Markets Forum, titled: International Capital Markets: Opportunities, Strategies, Risks, the first of a series of discussions focused on issues and challenges in the global capital markets. In this session, we discussed alternative financing opportunities for companies in the international capital markets.

This intensive half-day program brought together experienced international professionals who discussed present trends, financing sources, as well as the advantages and challenges of international capital markets–in other words, what every company needs to know when looking for new funding or to refinance.

This event was designed exclusively for entrepreneurs, chairs, chief executive officers and other key decision-makers who lead companies interested in understanding what routes are available to finance their growth strategies and business aspirations.

2 December

Governance roadshow combining IFF survey and Banking Union Governance, Athens

EY in Greece organized its Governance Roadshow in Athens,an industry wide discussion on governance, on the occasion of launching our 7th EY – IIF survey on progress in risk management in financial services. This year we have had 67 banks across 29 countries participating in the survey.

Since the crisis, we have seen risk frameworks being enhanced across the industry and the journey is continuing. With the conduct failures of recent years focus has swung to achieving clear responsibility for end to end risk management in the front. In the second line firms are also going down different routes on the provision of independent reporting lines for compliance and legal risks. Another theme is the way the industry is trying to create new risk disciplines around non-financial risks with a focus on data and analytics not just controls. The final theme is the extent of pressure on the industry from regulatory change, in particular the post Basel III changes such as FRTB and the proposed IRB changes and the likely further changes in business models. Firms are under significant cost pressure and this is forcing risk functions to review efficiency.

The workshop was hosted by EY Greece and also featured:

  • Patricia Jackson, EY Senior Advisor, International bank risk governance expert, former member of the Basel Committee and Head of Regulatory Policy at the Bank of England, Coordinated the EY-IIF survey
  • Max Weber, EY Partner Germany, Head of BU Governance Technical Domain, with more than 20 years’ experience in Regulatory and Governance projects for financial institutions

The first part of the morning was allocated to discussing the findings of the EY-IIF survey, while in the second part, discussions were focused on the SSM agenda, SREP implications and ways banks are addressing issues.

November 2016

11 November

Certified Training on the new GRI Standards

EY in Greece, as a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Partner, organized the first GRI certified training course in Greece on the new GRI Standards, and the relevant changes from the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

The GRI Standards, announced on 19 October, 2016, are the first global standards for sustainability reporting. They feature a modular, interrelated structure, and represent the global best practice for reporting on a range of economic, environmental and social impacts.

The course, which was supported by CSR Hellas and Global Compact Network Hellas, was addressed to organizations that are already developing GRI G4 reports, and to participants with good knowledge of the GRI G4 guidelines, including those who had completed the 2-day GRI Certified course on GRI G4.

Speakers from EY Greece:

Kiara Konti, Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Spyros Morisaios, Senior, Climate Change and Sustainability Services.

October 2016

25 October

Tax and Social Insurance Update

EY in Greece, in cooperation with the CEO Clubs International, organized an event, titled: Tax and Social Insurance Update.

On behalf of EY, Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, EY Greece, and Stefanos Mitsios, Partner, Head of Tax, EY Greece, welcomed high profile CEOs and C-suit level executives from target and potential clients.

In addition, Konstantina Galli, Senior Manager, Tax Services, EY Greece, and Maria Rigaki, Senior Manager, Law Services, Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership, EY Greece, delivered presentations on the following topics:

  • Recent developments around taxation, focusing on the main “trends” in tax audits, controversy procedures, business taxation issues, as well as on international developments (e.g. CRS, BEPS).
  • Changes affecting persons working as freelancers, lawyers, engineers and members of the B.o.D.s of an S.A., as well as identification of new areas of interest where social security contributions may be imposed.
13-14 October

Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Reporting

EY in Greece organized a two-day training titled: Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Reporting, a course focused on the latest version of the GRI G4 extra-financial reporting guidelines, at the EY office in Athens.

The training was delivered by GRI nominated trainers from EY Greece's Climate Change & Sustainability Services (CCaSS) team and hosted sustainability professionals as guest speakers from Greek leading companies.

The course was addressed to organizations looking to initiate or improve their sustainability reporting, including those required to comply with the new EU Directive on extra financial disclosures.

3 October

ICA International Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance in Greece

Following the successful launch of the 1st Cohort of ICA’s International Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance (Dip. GRC), EY and StudySmart organized a breakfast briefing session concerning the launch of Cohort II in Athens.

Markets are never static. New risks constantly emerge. Professionals need to regularly refresh their views of risk drivers for the business. Good governance, risk and compliance leads to a robust integrity and organizational culture which reinforces the commitment to driving ethical growth.

ICA qualifications are internationally recognized, and used by regulators, authorities and companies as proof of competence. This course is endorsed by the British Bankers' Association. EY and StudySmart, are the official bodies providing the ICA qualifications in Greece and Cyprus.

The CEO of StudySmart, along with EY executives from Business Integrity & Compliance Management, hosted an orientation session in October to present the ICA professional qualification on Governance, Risk & Compliance and the associated benefits. On behalf of EY Greece, from the Business Integrity & Compliance Management Services department, Alexandros Hassapis, Senior Manager, and Yiannis Dracoulis, Senior Manager, delivered presentations.

The program is ideal for Governance Executives, Directors, NEDs, Compliance Officers, Governance Regulators, Legal Advisors, Risk Managers and Internal Auditors but could also benefit aspiring professionals in the Governance, Risk & Compliance area.

Preparation courses are scheduled to begin in December.

July 2016

14 July 2016

2nd Life Sciences Compliance Breakfast Briefing

This July, we organized the 2nd Life Sciences Compliance Breakfast Briefing, titled: "Recent developments – Impact on pharmaceutical sector".

Topics included:

  • SFEE Code of Conduct Updates – new requirements and next steps
  • Updates of employment and social security legislation
  • Disclosure – transparency and sustainability
  • Disclosure challenges in the eve of transparency

The discussion was directed by EY Executives, representatives of the Hellenic Pharmaceutical Association (SFEE) as well as representatives of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority.

Speakers from EY Greece:

Tatiana Anastassiadi, Μanager, Business Integrity & Compliance Management Services, Kiara Konti, Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Apostolos Vorras, Manager, Law Services, Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership, Maria Rigaki, Senior Manager, Law Services, Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership.

7 July 2016

Cybersecurity Breakfast Athens 2016

EY in Greece responded to growing client demand for urgent guidance, by organizing its first Cybersecurity Breakfast, subtitled “Managing Data Breaches”, held at the Athens premises.

Country Managing Partner Panos Papazoglou, who sponsored the event, welcomed guests and gave an introductory speech. Alex Campbell, Cybersecurity Director from the EY Advisory Centre presented the key findings from EY's Global Information Security Survey, followed by Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Head of Cybersecurity Services in Greece, who presented the latest key business trends and their impact on cybersecurity. Alexandros Christidis, Advisory Leader in Greece, facilitated the panel discussion. Also, Konstantinos Moulinos, Head of Secure Infrastructure and Services at the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), joined the event as an external speaker, providing an overview on current EU Regulatory Framework regarding cybersecurity and EU Strategy’s around this important topic.

The event was very well received by 25 C-Level clients, who had the chance to ask questions during a lively discussion with the panelists.