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Events | EY in Greece

July 2016 – today

June 2017

20 June 2017 | Sponsorship

13th IFRS Breakfast Briefing

The EY IFRS Desk of EY Greece has the pleasure to invite you to its 13th IFRS Breakfast Briefing, covering the following topic:

"Enhancing communication effectiveness"

In response to calls for enhanced disclosure effectiveness in financial statements and better communication in corporate reporting, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is currently exploring ways to improve disclosures in financial statements. At the same time, many entities have made significant efforts over the last few years to improve the communication effectiveness of their financial reports.

Financial reports form part of a company’s communication strategy, while it is observed that effective disclosures enable highly effective market and investor communications.

In our upcoming IFRS Breakfast Briefing, we will discuss:

  • The activities that the IASB is currently undertaking to explore how financial information can be communicated more effectively.
  • Alternative ways to structure financial statements, using real-life examples.
  • Tailoring of financial information

» May 2017

25 May 2017 | Sponsorship

6th Corporate Governance Conference

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 6th Corporate Governance Conference, titled: Radical changes in corporate governance and financial reporting.The Conference was organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

On behalf of EY, Andreas Hadjidamianou, Partner, Assurance Services, EY Greece, participated in a panel discussion named: New regulatory framework on auditing.

The rest of the sessions included the following topics:

  • The role and contribution of the Board of Directors to the quality of corporate governance
  • The responsibility of the Directors of a Société Anonyme – The role of the Board of Directors’ committees
  • The adaptation of corporate governance to the new digital era
  • Corporate governance as the focus of corporate communication

25 May 2017 | Sponsorship

CEO Clubs Forum | Shiftability

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the CEO Clubs Forum | Shiftability, titled:Shifting in what's next.The Forum was organized by the CEO Clubs International.

During the Forum, key topics were around developing the mastery of:

  • Embracing complexity
  • Creating personalized insight
  • Leveraging and managing tension

Shiftability encompasses both awareness and action. The mindset of shiftability acknowledges the need for change and transformation and embraces it, keeping an open mind about new ideas while wisely retaining things that still apply, always learning, always building, always growing.

11 May 2017 | Sponsorship

3rd Εnterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance Conference

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 3rd Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance Conference, titled: Compliance and ethics today. Compass for business efficiency tomorrow. The Conference was organized by Boussias Communication, in association with Fidel & Fortis.

On behalf of EY, Michael Petrodaskalakis, Executive Director, Advisory - Risk Services, EΥ Greece, delivered a presentation titled: Developments and trends in corporate governance, under the first session which was named: "Corporate governance in Greece today".

5-6 May 2017 | Sponsorship

28th Association of Chief Executive Officers Conference

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 28th Association of Chief Executive Officers Conference, titled: The ambidextrous leader - In a paradoxical world. The Conference was organized by the Association of Chief Executive Officers (ACEO).

Indicative topics:

  • Which ambidextrous leader are we looking for today?
  • Ensuring success in a paradoxical world: International and Greek testimonies of ambidextrous leadership
  • Creating a culture of ambidexterity within an organization
  • From parallel monologues to active listening: How can we listen to each other?

5 May 2017 | Event

The role of the compliance officer amidst forthcoming regulatory changes

EY in Greece organized the event titled "The role of the compliance officer amidst forthcoming regulatory changes", a joint initiative with the Association of Compliance Professionals in Greece (ASCO) and the International Compliance Association (ICA).

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.

Topics included:

  • The role of the compliance officer in Greece. Investing in the change of the organizational culture
  • A truly international compliance network. Drawing upon international best practices
  • Navigating the landscape of Certifications, Accreditations and Qualifications. Illustrating best practices in the compliance practice
  • Recent trends in Compliance and Regulatory: 4AMLD
  • Recent trends in Compliance and Regulatory: GDPR
  • Recent trends in Compliance and Regulatory: ISO 37001: Anti bribery Management System
  • How good compliance leads to sustainable development

4 May 2017 | Participation

1st Connected Cars Conference

EY in Greece participated in the 1st Connected Cars Conference, titled: Novelties, Intelligence and Trends. The Conference was organized by Plant, the weekly e-Newsletter and monthly magazine of Boussias Communications.

On behalf of EY, Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Director, Head of Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy Advisory Services, EY Greece, participated in a panel discussion named: The coexistence and interaction of connected vehicles with mobile operators.

The rest of the panel discussions included the following topics:

  • The era of connected and electric vehicles
  • The coexistence and interaction of connected vehicles with highways
  • Greek businesses and connected cars - opportunities and prospects
  • Connected cars and smart services bring money!

» April 2017

27 April 2017 | Event

Panorama of entrepreneurship and career development – Business Day

Following our successful recent participation in the Panorama of entrepreneurship and career development (17-19 March 2017), organized by Mr. Iordanis Ladopoulos, Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, EY in Greece held a Business Day on Thursday 27 April 2017, at our offices.

The purpose of the Business Day was not only to provide young people with an overview of the full range of EY services, but also to educate them about the prospects as well as the challenges of our profession. More than forty high caliber attendees had the opportunity to visit the EY premises and the chance to engage in a constructive dialogue with representatives from all four of our service lines, as well as from the Talent and Brand, Marketing and Communications teams.

26 April 2017 | Sponsorship

Leadership Seminars 2017

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the Leadership Seminars 2017, titled: Exponential thinking and leadership in the future. The Seminars were organized by SARGIA Partners.

On behalf of our firm, twenty-four EY Partners attended the event, in order to gain valuable insights and learn more about how the leaders of the new era need to redefine their roles and adapt to the ever-growing demands.

In this experiential seminar, the keynote speaker, Gerd Leonhard, addressed a world of leadership where most of the old models are suddenly obsolete. He also delivered inspirational precepts from the parallel worlds of imagination and invention to update the participants' thinking for a digital age.

Key topics included:

  • Key megashifts and foresights: Planning our preferred future
  • Transforming your company and leadership: Approach with exponential thinking
  • Working group: How can you think 10x / exponential and still remain human?
  • Plotting our way forward

25 April 2017 | Participation

Digital Ship's Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum

EY in Greece participated in the Digital Ship's Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum. The Forum was organized by Digital Ship.

On behalf of EY, Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Director, Head of Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy Advisory Services, EY Greece, delivered a presentation titled: Cyber threats in maritime: Navigating in an uncharted territory, under the session named: Facing the cyber threat: An overview of maritime cyber challenges and focus on building resilience.

The rest of the sessions included the following topics:

  • Business planning and cyber preparedness
  • New developments in maritime cyber regulations and guidelines
  • Training, awareness and human factors

19 April 2017 | Participation

1st Financial Literacy Conference

EY in Greece participated in the 1st Financial Literacy Conference, which was organized by the Institute for Financial Literacy and the Department of Business Administration of the University of Piraeus. The Conference was sponsored by the Athens Stock Exchange.

On behalf of EY, Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, EY Greece, delivered an opening speech titled: Individual responsibility and new generation. Is financial illiteracy reversed?

Click here to see the video of the speech.

11 April 2017 | Sponsorship

SAP Forum Athens 2017

EY in Greece participated as platinum sponsor in the SAP Forum Athens 2017, titled: Digital business: Tomorrow is already here. The Forum was organized by SAP Hellas.

On behalf of EY, Aristomenis Georgakopoulos, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, EY Greece, participated in a panel discussion titled: It's time for live business. Digital matters.

The Forum highlighted the impact of many revolutionary technological breakthroughs, such as artificial intelligence, cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other "smart" devices, on business. It focused on how the emerging digital economy is not only a driver for change, but also an opportunity to reimagine business processes and business models.

The aim of the Forum was to share the SAP digital business strategy, which included sessions that explored the digital business, presented related SAP solutions, while it provided an end-to-end view of digital business for strategic industries.

10 April 2017 | Sponsorship

13th Athens Tax Forum

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 13th Athens Tax Forum, titled: Tax environment: Driver for growth or competitive advantage?. The Forum was organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of EY, Nikos Evangelopoulos, Partner, Tax Advisory & Compliance Services, EY Greece, delivered a presentation titled: Tax audit, taxes-tax evasion-black economy, plastic money.

Forum's objectives:

  • The continuous contribution to the Greek tax system reform
  • The consistent focus on the now tight political and practical challenges in taxation, through a structured dialogue, rational thought and the exchange of opinions according to the participants’ expertise
  • The interactive participation of political and administrative leaders, business executives and experienced professionals from Greece and abroad
  • Drawing up catalytic conclusions and recommendations for the overall improvement of our tax system

6 & 7 April 2017 | Event

Certified Training on the new GRI Standards

EY in Greece, a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Partner, offered a two-day training course 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.

A certificate of completion was sent directly to participants from the GRI organization.

For more information, please contact Kiara Konti (+30 210 2886 256).

6 April 2017 | Sponsorship

2nd Operational Excellence Conference

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 2nd Operational Excellence Conference, titled: Beyond Lean Tools: Achieving a Sustainable Competitive Advantage. The Conference was organized by Boussias Communications.

On behalf of EY, Konstantinos Somoglou, Director, Advisory Services, EY Greece, delivered a presentation titled: Operational excellence in the age of digital disruption.

The aim of the Conference was to give the participants the opportunity to discuss with prestigious business executives, from Greece and abroad, on how they have managed to create a culture of continuous improvement in their organizations.

» March 2017

27 March 2017 | Sponsorship

2017 Hellenic ACFE Anti-Fraud Symposium

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 2017 Hellenic ACFE Anti-Fraud Symposium. The Symposium was organized by Boussias Communications in cooperation with the Hellenic Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (HACFE).

On behalf of EY, Yiannis Dracoulis, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Business Integrity & Compliance Management Services, EY Greece, delivered a presentation titled: EY's 14th Global Fraud Survey – findings for Greece: Corporate misconduct - individual consequences.

This annual conference for preventing, treating and combating fraud deals with fraud management issues which are related with various business and social activities of today (such as security, health, sports, etc.), outlining the trends of tomorrow. The speakers were renowned personalities from Greece and abroad.

21 March 2017 | Sponsorship

Black economy and tax evasion - The country needs solutions

EY in Greece participated in the event titled: "Black economy and tax evasion - The country needs solutions", which was held on 21 March. Stephanos Mitsios, Partner – Head of Tax, EY Greece, as a keynote speaker, presented the findings of an in-depth survey about the impact, the international best practices and the proposals on facing the black economy and tax evasion. In this context, he delivered a presentation titled: Tax evasion: Characteristics, causes and the extent of the phenomenon in Greece. The survey was conducted by EY Greece on behalf of diaNEOsis - Research and policy institute.

The event was co-organized by SEV - Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and diaNEOsis, and it aimed to offer further insights on the problem and enhance the public dialogue with reliable data.

20 March 2017 | Sponsorship

11th Annual Capital Link International Shipping Forum

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 11th Annual Capital Link International Shipping Forum. The Forum was organized by Capital Link in partnership with Citi and in cooperation with NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.

On behalf of EY, Ivan Lehon, Partner, Northeast Restructuring Leader, EY LLP, participated in a panel discussion titled: Restructuring as a Business & Investment Opportunity.

The Forum provided a comprehensive review and outlook of various shipping markets. In addition, it discussed topics of critical relevance to the industry, such as restructuring and consolidation, the various channels and methods of raising capital, as well as the impact of new technologies and trading routes.

17-19 March 2017 | Sponsorship

Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career Development

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career Development. The conference was organized by Mr. Iordanis Ladopoulos, formerly Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Elias Vyzas, Partner, Advisory Services, Performance Improvement Leader, Central & Southeast Europe Data & Analytics Competency Leader, Data & Analytics Center of Excellence Leader, participated in a panel discussion on Developments in Consulting: trends and prospects of entrepreneurship and employment, on Friday 17 March at 18:30-20:00.

Vassilios Kaminaris, Partner, Head of Assurance, Greece and Central & Southeast Europe, moderated a panel discussion, which was organized by EY Greece, titled: Family Business: challenges and opportunities. The panel discussion was held on Saturday 18 March at 17:15-18:45.

Valia Perivolari, Head of Talent Team, EY Greece, took part in a theatrical session titled: In the mind of a candidate: The do’s and don’ts in an interview, on Sunday 19 March at 12:00-13:30.

On the same day, Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, EY Greece, participated in a panel discussion titled: Are there opportunities for entrepreneurship and youth employment during the recession, at 19:00-20:30.

This three-day multi-conference aimed to inform young people about trends and opportunities around entrepreneurship and employment within 15 financial sectors, and at the same time to promote and showcase this “other Greece”, a Greece of innovation and extroversion. About 200 notable speakers participated in more than 60 panels, workshops, roundtable discussions etc. During the event, the attendees were also able to register for the "Business Days".

7 March 2017 | Event

ICA International Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance Cohort III in Greece

Following the successful launch through the programs Cohort I and II of ICA’s International Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance (Dip. GRC), EY in Greece and StudySmart organized a breakfast briefing session concerning the launch of Cohort III 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 was 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, Alexandros Hassapis, Senior Manager, Business Integrity & Compliance Management, EY Greece, and Yiannis Dracoulis, Senior Manager, Business Integrity & Compliance Management, EY Greece, delivered presentations.

The program was 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.

Find out more at ey.com/gr/ica-cohort-III

2 March 2017 | Sponsorship

Conference on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the Conference on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), titled “Commitment for Sustainable Development – 17 global goals for a better common future”, which was organized by CSR Hellas and SEV's Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The Conference brought together representatives from international and European organizations, members of the business community, policy makers, academia, NGOs and other stakeholders to share their views on their contribution to the success of the SDGs as well as practical solutions for achieving them at local, national and wider level.

More specifically, the Conference focused on the following three thematic areas:

  1. The SDGs agenda
  2. The business perspective
  3. The power of collaboration

1 March 2017 | Event

Data Privacy Forum

EY in Greece organized its Data Privacy Forum, titled: “General Data Protection Regulation – Shifting from theory to practice”.

Representatives of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority, General Counsels, Chief Security & Compliance Officers across various industries discussed the practical implications of the new regulation, key requirements and the potential consequences of non-compliance.

The event was supported by the DPO Academy, along with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Agenda highlights:

  • GDPR – a local approach. Are Greek companies ready?
  • Global Case Studies
  • Panel Q&A, From Theory to Practice

Find out more at ey.com/gr/data-privacy-forum

» February 2017

16 February 2017 | Sponsorship

4th Information Security Conference

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 4th Information Security Conference, titled: Next level, New rules, Emerging Opportunities. The Conference was organized by Boussias Communications.

The abundance of business trends like Big Data, Consumerization of IT, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Mobility, BYOD, etc. is producing even more challenges to companies as security, compliance frameworks, data protection and law issues have become central in business operations. The aim of the Conference was to address and analyze any security issue companies need to know not only to survive, but to thrive in this new digital era.

On behalf of EY, Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Director, Head of Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy Advisory Services, EY Greece, delivered a presentation titled: Real Time Analytics for Data Driven Cyber Defense, during the first session: The next day on digital threats and Information Security.

15 February 2017 | Event

3rd Athens Transfer Pricing Symposium

EY in Greece organized its 3rd Athens Transfer Pricing Symposium.

Key topics included:

  • EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive - The EU response to the BEPS actions
  • Restructuring – Functional changes and article 51 of Income Tax Code
  • TP tax audits in Europe and in Greece

New Law 3427/2005 (Law 89) framework Vs Advance Pricing Agreements

Find out more at ey.com/gr/3rd-transfer-pricing-symposium

15 February 2017 | Sponsorship

8th Annual Capital Link Greek Shipping Forum

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 8th Annual Capital Link Greek Shipping Forum, titled Opportunities & Challenges. The Forum was organized by Capital Link, in cooperation with the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq.

The aim of the Forum was to provide a comprehensive review of current trends, as well as an outlook of the global economy and the main commodity, energy and shipping markets. There were presentations around critical issues and challenges the industry faces, including geopolitical and regulatory developments, technical and commercial fleet management, and access to capital. In addition, the event examined bank financing, capital markets and alternative funding mechanisms and strategies.

9 February 2017 | Sponsorship

6th Annual Conference Hellenic CIO Forum

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 6th Annual Conference Hellenic CIO Forum, titled “CIO in a Disruptive Environment”, which was organized by the Hellenic Management Association and the Hellenic Institute of Information and Communications Management (EIP).

On behalf of EY, Leonidas Kovaios, Partner, Advisory Services, IT Advisory Services Leader, moderated a panel discussion, titled: Digital transformation strategy – Business cases.

6 February 2017 | Sponsorship

Thessaloniki New Year's reception

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the Thessaloniki New Year’s reception, which was organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

This is an annual networking reception, attended by 250 attendees, for the members of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, with leading government officials, diplomats, organization presidents, media, and other prominent executives of the business community.

» December 2016

22 December 2016 | Event

EY: 90 years in Greece Celebration and Alumni party!

As 2016 marked 90 years of successful business in Greece, EY Greece decided to celebrate with our past and present colleagues, hosting an EY alumni party in Athens on 22 December. This alumni event, the first in several years, was a proof of the strong bonds among EY people, giving us the opportunity to reconnect with friends that we have not seen for a long time.

In a warm Christmas atmosphere, more than 120 alumni, colleagues, friends and even current clients gathered at the refined building of Amalias 36 Event Hall, sharing their stories and catching up with each other’s news. Through this event, EY people had the opportunity to reconnect with friends after ten or fifteen years, reminding everyone that they will always be part of the EY family. Emotions, smiles and memories overwhelmed everyone who attended the event, while the EY Alumni Academy badges that were given in the entrance, enhanced the feeling of being in the same team.

At the end of the event, everyone left with an EY gift bag, including a tailor-made alumni memo book, our internal magazine, EYΛΟΓΟΣ, and other EY promo material, and with the feeling that we all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere and we stay connected. For this and many more reasons, we are already looking forward to our next alumni gathering!

Find out more at ey.com/gr/alumniparty2016

20 December 2016 | Event

New framework governing the relationship between Public Interest Entities and Auditors

EY in Greece organized an event on the “New framework governing the relationship between Public Interest Entities and Auditors” in Thessaloniki.

The draft law which was the main topic of our presentation “New framework governing the relationship between Public Interest Entities and Auditors” had been released for public consultation, in September.

In a panel discussion, besides the EY speakers, there were representatives from:

  • The Hellenic Capital Market Commission (HCMC)
  • Hellenic Accounting and Auditing Standards Oversight Board (HAASOB)
  • The Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING)

18 December 2016 | Event

Christmas children’s party

A special Christmas party for the little EYers in Greece!

On 18 December, the EY employees’ children enjoyed a glamorous Christmas party at Pyrgos Petreza.

In a cozy Christmas atmosphere, the little ones participated in many fun activities! A snowman welcomed the children when they walked into the venue, distributing chocolates. The younger fellows were gathered in a specific area, where they could explore their creativity by drawing and making several handicrafts, including paper Christmas ornaments, under the supervision of a preschool teacher. Middle-age kids joined several groups for activities, such as an amazing groovy dance contest, along with actors dressed as Disney heroes, like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Peppa Pig. There was a fussball and an air hockey table for the older children, who became passionate about winning their peers or, in some cases, even their parents! During the party, clowns were organizing games for all ages, while a juggler was teasing everyone on his way. Bikes, bouncing balls, a trampoline and plenty Christmas gifts definitely stole the hearts of our little EYers!

The Christmas party concluded with a visit from Santa Claus singing season’s carols, while everyone enjoyed plenty of delicious Christmas food and cotton candy that could not be missing from such an incredible gathering!

14 December 2016 | Event

3rd Annual Financial Reporting Insights

EY in Greece organized its 3rd Annual Financial Reporting Insights.

As organizations seek to manage economic volatility and rising risk, corporate reporting plays an increasingly strategic role in providing insights to drive and sustain growth. At the same time, CFOs and their finance teams are faced with an increasingly complex reporting environment, while demands, scrutiny and expectations continue to increase.

This year’s Financial Reporting Insights event was directed at CFOs and their finance teams.

Agenda highlights:

  • Latest views from the European and US Regulators
  • Financial reporting landscape including high level technical update (IFRS and US GAAP)
  • Practical considerations and reminders on accounting and reporting issues for year-end 2016

12 December 2016 | Sponsorship

18th Annual Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 18th Annual Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum in New York, which was organized by Capital Link, in cooperation with the New York Stock Exchange.

This Forum provided the audience with a unique blend of informational, marketing and networking opportunities. On behalf of EY, Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, moderated a panel discussion, titled: Greek Banking: Strategy for the Future & Outlook.

7 December 2016 | Sponsorship

Education Innovation Entrepreneurship event

2016 Smart Moves

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the Education Innovation Entrepreneurship event 2016 Smart Moves. The event was organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of EY, Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, participated in a panel discussion titled: How can today's university bring the necessary change in the labor market?

Topics also included:

  • What can today's university provide to the economy and society?
  • How can the current education accelerate the implementation of innovation to develop competitive entrepreneurship?

5-7 December 2016 | Sponsorship

Transformation through innovation

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the event Transformation through innovation, titled: Challenging Greece, which was organized by Thought 4 Action.

The objective of the event was to learn from and connect to a global community of world-renowned innovators, economists, and business leaders. Through learning and collaborating with top innovators, Thought 4 Action seeks to galvanize a community of capable and energized changemakers in order to further ignite a movement that aims to promote a safe, innovative global ecosystem.

Topics included:

  • Leaders of innovative change
  • Greek innovators – Dialogue of truth and trust

2 December 2016 | Co-branded Event

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.

Find out more at ey.com/gr/capitalmarketsforum

2 December 2016 | Event

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

28-29 November 2016 | Sponsorship

27th Annual The Greek Economy Conference

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 27th Annual The Greek Economy Conference, titled: Greece and the global disruptive environment – A look into the future. The Conference was organized by the American-hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

Conference speakers and delegates from Greece and abroad presented and discussed trends and concerns to explore opportunities and successful strategies that Greece should implement to kick start employment, embrace positive policies, and continue with meaningful reform that would open the door to investment.

On behalf of EY, Hugh Harper, EMEIA Financial Services Strategy & Operations Leader, delivered a presentation and moderated a panel discussion titled: The banking sector & disruptive finance technologies: A look into the future.

In addition, two dinners took place at the end of each day:

  • Day 1: 28 November | Keynote speaker: Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner, Economic & Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
  • Day 2: 29 November | Keynote speaker: Yannis Dragasakis, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece

24 November 2016 | Sponsorship

8th Risk Management and Compliance Forum

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 8th Risk Management and Compliance Forum.

The Forum was organized by the Hellenic Management Association. On behalf of EY, Spyros Xanthopoulos, Partner, Advisory Services, participated in a panel discussion under the session named: NPEs Strategy.

Other sessions included:

  • IFRS9 – CFOs Panel
  • Data Governance
  • Chief Risk Officers Panel (CROs)

17 November 2016 | Sponsorship

14th Bank Management Conference

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 14th Bank Management Conference, titled: The tech revolution. The Conference was organized by the Banker’s Review magazine of Boussias Communications.

On behalf of EY, Elias Vyzas, Partner, Advisory Services, EY Greece, Central and Southeast Europe

Data and Analytics Leader,participated in a panel discussion titled: Payment innovation for the benefit of the customer, under the session named: PayTech and the new regulatory challenges.

The rest of the sessions included the following topics:

  • Fintech & banks: from competition to collaboration
  • Digitization in Banking
  • Innovation in customer intelligence, excellence in customer experience

7 November 2016 | Sponsorship

8th Thessaloniki Tax Forum

EY in Greece joins the discussion about combating tax evasion

EY in Greece was one of the sponsors of the 8th Thessaloniki Tax Forum titled: “Convert Taxation into a true business partner. Lingering over-taxation and disproportionate distribution of the tax burden as severe obstacles to the dynamic restart of the economy”. The event was organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce at the Met hotel in Thessaloniki, on 7 November.

Stephanos Mitsios, Tax Leader in Greece, attended the event and delivered a presentation on “Tax evasion in Greece: Critical aspects and potential solutions”. His presentation focused on “EY’s observations and advice on facing tax evasion in Greece”, a recent survey conducted by EY in Greece on behalf of diaNEOsis, a research and policy institute which strives to promote high-quality research, and aspires to catalyze policy change through dialogue.

“Obviously, as long as the problem of tax evasion is not treated effectively, tax increases will continue to cover fiscal gaps, intensifying the recession”, commented Stefanos Mitsios, adding that “tax evasion is directly linked with over-taxation and an unequal tax burden distribution”.

The main outcomes of the survey emphasized on:

  • The annual tax evasion in Greece, which is estimated from 6% to 9% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • The over-taxation and gaps in technological infrastructure audit mechanisms, which are the main causes of tax evasion locally
  • A series of proposals to address tax evasion

The survey received unusually high media coverage, with 243 total features in the media – a clear indication of how relevant this topic is in Greek society presently. Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, also appeared on TV to comment on the findings. Among the many positive impacts this survey has for Greece, it has equally as important ones for EY. It has strengthened the EY brand and specifically further enhanced the Tax team’s leading position in the market. Indeed, this survey helped distinguish us significantly from our competitors.

11 November 2016 | Event

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.

3 November 2016 | Sponsorship

14th Annual CSR Conference

EY in Greece participates as a sponsor in the 14th Annual CSR Conference, titled: Redefining the CSR vision: Innovate, circulate, engage.

The conference was organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of EY, Vassilios Kaminaris, Partner, Assurance Services Leader Central & Southeast Europe, participated in a panel discussion on the topic: "The circular economy as a positive force".

Topics also included:

  • Breaking through with innovation in creating business opportunity
  • The benefits and impact of consumer and employee engagement

» October 2016

25 October 2016 | Sponsorship

Tax and Social Security Update

EY Greece, in cooperation with the CEO Clubs International, organized an event, titled: Tax and Social Security Update, on Tuesday 25 October.

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

In addition, Konstantina Galli, Senior Manager, Tax Services, and Maria Rigaki, Senior Manager, Law Services, Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership, 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. 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.

25 October 2016 | Event

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 Stephanos 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.

15 October 2016 | Sponsorship

23rd CEE Capital Markets Sports Tournament

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 23rd CEE Capital Markets Sports Tournament.

The event was organized by the Athens Stock Exchange. The sports tournament takes place annually for more than 20 years in a row, with the participation of top ranked executives of regional capital market entities (Exchanges, Clearinghouses, Central Depositories etc.) from Central and Eastern Europe. Sport disciplines include: 6x6 soccer, streetball (3x3 basketball), volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, running, darts and backgammon.

On behalf of EY, a welcome address was given by Sofia Kalomenides, Central and Southeast Capital Markets Leader, Partner, Assurance Services, EY Greece, at the opening ceremony and the gala dinner awards ceremony.

14-15 October 2016 | Sponsorship

20th Logistics Congress

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the 20th Logistics Congress, titled: Manage The Change.

The event was organized by the Hellenic Logistics Association (EEL). On behalf of EY, Athanassios Mavros, Partner, Advisory Services, Central and Southeast Europe Champion & South Cluster, Head Supply Chain & Operations,participated in a roundtable discussion about the current state of logistics industry in the Greek economy. In addition, George Panagiotopoulos, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, participated in a panel discussion titled: Logistics innovation.

Topics also included:

  • Maritime and port Logistics
  • Last mile logistics and sustainability in supply chain
  • Retail & e-commerce logistics
  • LogicAthlon
  • CFO's view on supply chain and the national economy
  • Strategic planning regarding the growth of logistics in Greece
  • Reform to perform

13-14 October 2016 | Event

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.

8 October 2016 | Sponsorship

5th International Thessaloniki Night Half Marathon

Thirteen EY colleagues from our Thessaloniki office participated in the 5th International Thessaloniki Night Half Marathon, on Saturday 8 October 2016. EY in Greece had sponsored our runners in the context of promoting healthier lifestyles.

Our colleagues ran the 5k race. The distance that was be covered was from the Thessaloniki City Hall to the White Tower.

3 October 2016 | Event

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.

1-2 October 2016 | Sponsorship

Crowdhackathon #Insurance

EY in Greece participated as a sponsor in the two-day innovation contest, titled: Crowdhackathon #Insurance.

The event was organized by Crowdpolicy, the Ethosmedia and the Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Technopolis City of Athens INNOVATHENS. This contest aimed in product development (Minimum Viable Products – MVP) and in operational innovation in the insurance sector.

Topics included:

  • Entrepreneurial growth and startups (business)
  • Ιnsurance innovation
  • Social innovation – Social solidarity

On behalf of EY, Konstantinos Nikolopoulos, Executive Director, Advisory Services, Advisory Services, will be one of the judges. In addition, Vassilios Pierrakos, Manager, Advisory Services, and Evangelia Fameli, Senior, Advisory Services, will be among the mentors who will guide and support the contestants.

» September 2016

28 September 2016 | Event

New framework governing the relationship between Public Interest Entities and Auditors

EY in Greece organized an event on the “New framework governing the relationship between Public Interest Entities and Auditors" at the Athens Stock Exchange.

It was a large-scale event focused on targeted audience. Invitees and participants included:

  • Public Interest Entities – CFOs and members of Board of Directors /Audit Committees
  • Representatives of the Central Bank of Greece
  • Representatives of the Athens Stock Exchange
  • Representatives of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission
  • Representatives of the Accounting and Auditing Oversight Board

The draft law which was the main topic of our presentation “New framework governing the relationship between Public Interest Entities and Auditors” had been released for public consultation.

Mr. Xenophon Avlonitis, Vice Chairman of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, and Mr. Panagiotis Giannopoulos, A’ Deputy Chairman of the Accounting and Auditing Oversight Board, were among the speakers.

» July 2016

14 July 2016 2016 | Event

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 | Event

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.