Wirecard has filed for insolvency after a devastating scandal that saw $2 billion go missing and its ex-CEO get arrested

  • Wirecard, a once-valuable German fintech firm, filed for insolvency on Thursday as it battles a huge accounting scandal.
  • More than $US2 billion went missing from the company’s balance sheet according to auditors, and Wirecard later admitted the money may never have existed.
  • In a statement Thursday, Wirecard said it filed for insolvency proceedings in the Munich district court.
  • The news comes just days after its ex-chief executive was arrested in relation to alleged market manipulation and false accounting.
  • Shares of the company are suspended from trading.
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German fintech group Wirecard AG has filed for insolvency days after its CEO Markus Braun resigned and was arrested in relation to alleged market manipulation and false accounting.

The payments processor said in a press release Thursday that it had filed an application to open insolvency proceedings in the Munich district court “due to impending insolvency and over-indebtedness.”

The full statement from the company reads:

The management board of Wirecard AG has decided today to file an application for the opening of insolvency proceedings for Wirecard AG with the competent district court of Munich (Amtsgericht M√ľnchen) due to impending insolvency and over-indebtedness.

It is currently evaluated whether insolvency applications have to be filed for subsidiaries of Wirecard Group.

The company’s shares were suspended from trading before it announced insolvency proceedings.

Wirecard’s shares have fallen about 90% after it admitted 1.9 billion euros had gone missing from its balance sheet. Later the company claimed the money may have never actually existed.

Here’s how Wirecard went from analyst darling to a $US2.2 billion accounting scandal – and cost SoftBank hundreds of millions in the process

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