IFRS

Companies face the challenge of ongoing compliance with, interpretation and implementation of new standards, amendments and interpretations that are issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee.

Key new standards include:

  • IFRS 9 Financial Instruments;
  • IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers;
  • IFRS 16 Leases; and
  • IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts

These new standards not only affect IFRS reporters, but in addition, those UK subsidiaries of listed and/or international companies who elected to apply FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework will face similar challenges to companies applying IFRS.

We have significant experience advising a wide range of clients, including fully listed companies, AIM quoted companies, companies preparing for a flotation and UK subsidiaries of listed companies, on ongoing compliance with IFRS and FRS 101, the impact of forthcoming standards and converting to a new framework. We also advise on best practice disclosures for your financial statements.

For companies considering converting to IFRS or FRS 101, we can help you to:

  • assess the implications that different reporting framework options will mean for your company;
  • conduct framework consideration assessments;
  • conduct detailed impact assessments;
  • provide project management services for transition;
  • prepare and/or review financial statements for compliance;
  • prepare and/or review accounting policies and manuals and group reporting requirements; and
  • provide and/or explain the detailed requirements of disclosure checklists.

For companies already applying IFRS or FRS 101, we can help you to interpret and apply new standards, amendments and interpretations, including:

  • implementing the classification and measurement and hedge accounting requirements of IFRS 9;
  • conducting impact assessments and contract reviews under IFRS 15, IFRS 16 and IFRS 17; and
  • proactively advising on the impact of other forthcoming standards, amendments and interpretations.

We can also provide technical advice on any of these issues, as well as bespoke training courses tailored for the needs of your board, finance team and/or other affected teams.

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

Banks and other finance organisations are expected to be impacted significantly by the forward-looking expected credit loss model under IFRS 9 and new classification and measurement requirements for financial assets. Non-financial companies are not immune to the effects of the new standard, albeit they will be impacted to a lesser extent. IFRS 9 also allows companies to apply hedge accounting more broadly to their risk management practices. The standard comes into effect on 1 January 2018.

IFRS 16 Leases

Lessees who have significant interests in assets under operating leases are expected to see a significant impact on the balance sheet and income statement under the new Leasing standard which comes into effect on 1 January 2019. The impact is driven by the new requirement to bring all leases onto the balance sheets of lessees.

IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts

The new insurance standard represents a fundamental change to the way insurance contracts are accounted for and presented by the insurance industry. The standard, which comes into effect on 1 January 2021, will significantly impact life business and non-life business.

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