The payment service provider Wirecard is not running out of negative headlines. That’s for sure. The special audit report submitted by KPMG at the end of April 2020 has greatly increased the pressure on the DAX-listed German FinTech, its CEO Markus Braun, and finally its auditor EY. Since then, the share price has plummeted from more than €138 to €76.36 on May 15, 2020.
Not surprisingly, the turbulent times do not seem to be coming to an end soon for Wirecard. Already 2019 was dominated by accusations of balance sheet manipulation, shabby business practices, and compliance issues which were raised primarily by the Financial Times. Founder and CEO Markus Braun has always strictly rejected the accusations. Wirecard filed lawsuits and criminal complaints against the critics.