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Beyond the GAAP no.137 - October 2019

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As the end of the year approaches, we’ve reached the time when European enforcers publish their recommendations for year-end financial reporting. Unsurprisingly, the key recommendations from ESMA and the AMF (the French market regulator) focus on IFRS 16 – Leases, IFRS 15 – Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and IFRS 9 – Financial Instruments. In this issue, we review the topics highlighted by the enforcers in their published recommendations.

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Beyond the GAAP no.136 - September 2019

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September saw the publication of two long-awaited decisions by the IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC). One related to determination of the lessee’s incremental borrowing rate when applying IFRS 16, and the other to the classification and presentation of liabilities or assets related to uncertain tax positions. This therefore seemed the ideal time to present our study of information on the impacts of initial application of IFRIC 23 presented by a sample of French and European issuers (CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50) in their IFRS interim financial statements to 30 June 2019.

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Beyond the GAAP no.135 - July August 2019

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Following the summer break, IAS 12 – Income Taxes and IFRS 17 – Insurance Contracts are in the spotlight, with consultations on both from the IASB as well as a detailed Public Statement from ESMA, the European enforcer, on the former.

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Beyond the GAAP no.133 - Mai 2019

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As announced last month, the IASB has begun to publish a number of exposure drafts. With consultation deadlines phased from June to September, these will keep stakeholders busy throughout the summer.

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Beyond the GAAP no.132 - April 2019

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In diesem Jahr waren es nicht die Buchhaltungsnachrichten, die den Monat April kennzeichneten. (Newsletter in Englisch)

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Beyond the GAAP no.131 - March 2019

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In March, the IASB completed its marathon discussions on the proposed amendments to IFRS 17 – Insurance Contracts (see our ‘A Closer Look’ feature). The Exposure Draft is now scheduled for publication at the end of June, and the Board has tentatively decided that the comment period will be three months (thus including August).

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Beyond the GAAP no. 130 - February 2019

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News from the IASB continues to be dominated by work to amend IFRS 17, to which we return in this edition’s special study. This project even seems to overshadow progress on other issues, such as the presentation of financial statements, or the finalisation (with no changes to the standards) of work on segment reporting and interest rates. The fact remains that the latest news from the March IASB meeting suggests that there is no appetite, on the IASB’s part, for change on the thorniest aspect of IFRS 17, the level of contract aggregation.

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Beyond the GAAP no.129 – January 2019

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With annual report season in full swing, this issue of Beyond the GAAP is a slightly quicker read than last month’s issue. However, it does contain some particularly significant news, notably a number of interesting agenda decisions published by the IFRS Interpretations Committee.

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Beyond the GAAP no.128 – December 2018

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Following on from last issue’s feature, which provided a general overview of standards applicable at 31 December 2018, Beyond the GAAP details, in special studies, two issues that may impact your financial statements either immediately with the first study on how to account for hyperinflation in Argentina, or more prospectively with the IASB’s latest proposals on the costs to be taken into account to determine whether a contract is onerous.

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