In this very first episode of Integrity Insights, the podcast host, Filip Brokes – senior analyst at Berlin Risk, talks to Jennifer Hanley-Giersch. They discuss the topic of corporate ownership transparency in the EU.
In their roles as investigators, they rely on publicly available company information. In recent months, access to information about actual owners of companies, the so-called “ultimate beneficial owners”, has been invalidated by a ruling of the EU Court of Justice. Why did this happen? What does this mean for journalists, NGOs and due diligence investigators? Is the EU still committed to ensuring corporate transparency across the bloc?