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May

Agenda for May 2012 IASB meeting

15 May 2012

The IASB will be holding its May 2012 meeting on 21-24 May 2012 in Norwalk, CT, USA, part of it a joint meeting with the FASB.

You can access the agenda on our May 2012 IASB meeting page. We will also post Deloitte observer notes on this page as they are available.

Agenda for May 2012 IASB 'education session'

15 May 2012

The IASB has released the agenda for its meeting to be held on Thursday 17 May 2012. Most of the meeting will be an education session, however the IASB will also consider the next process step in the macro hedge accounting project (i.e. whether to issue a Discussion Paper or Exposure Draft).

The meeting has been truncated from its originally scheduled two days (there is currently no scheduled discussion for Friday 18 May), and precedes the joint IASB-FASB meeting to be held in Norwalk on 21-25 May 2012.

Further details of the agenda can be found on our May 2012 IASB education session page.  Any Deloitte observer notes from the meeting will also be posted on this page.

Two new members of the IFRS Interpretations Committee, two members reappointed

14 May 2012

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation have announced today the appointments of Sandra Peters and John O’Grady as new members of the IFRS Interpretations Committee and the reappointments of Laurence Rivat and Kazuo Yuasa.

The new appointments fill vacancies that will arise when two current members of the IFRS Interpretations Committee reach the end of their second terms in June 2012. Sandra Peters is Head of Financial Reporting Policy with the CFA Institute in the United States and John O'Grady is the Asia-Pacific IFRS Leader for Ernst & Young.

The two reappointed members will complete their first terms at the end of June 2012 and have been reappointed for a further three-year term. Laurence Rivat is a Partner and Leader of Deloitte's IFRS Centre of Excellence in Paris and member of the Deloitte IFRS Leadership Team. Kazuo Yuasa is General Manager with the IFRS Office, Corporate Finance Unit, Fujitsu Limited, Japan.

Please click for the IFRS Foundation press release on the appointments (link to IASB website) and our overview of all members of the IFRS Interpretations Committee.

Report on the European outreach event on the discussion papers 'Business Combinations Under Common Control' and 'Improving Financial Reporting of Income Tax' in London

14 May 2012

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has posted to its website a feedback statement reflecting input received in the EFRAG - UK ASB - OIC event on the discussion papers 'Business Combinations Under Common Control' and 'Improving Financial Reporting of Income Tax' held on 16 April 2012 in London.

The outreach event was part of a series of events held in various European cities in order to hear what practitioners and others thought about the topics considered in the discussion papers on business combinations under common control (published in October 2011) and improving the financial reporting of income tax (published in December 2011).

Since EFRAG had deliberately not taken a position in either discussion paper but rather attempted to provide a comprehensive analysis of the issues in order to stimulate a debate in Europe, the discussion was very open and comprehensive and even covered issues originally not included in the discussion papers such as general transactions made between related parties and the definition of income tax.

Please click for access to the report on the EFRAG website. Reports from the other outreach events of the series have not been published yet.

The input received during the outreach events and the comment letters on the discussion papers will form the basis for EFRAG’s re-deliberation of the issues. EFRAG will then decide about what further steps need to be taken before putting forward views to the IASB.

Japan finalises 'designation' of IFRSs issued by the IASB in 2011

14 May 2012

On 11 May 2012, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan completed its public comment process and announced that additional IFRSs were designated for use by companies voluntarily applying IFRSs in Japan.

The FSA added all IFRSs (including amendments and interpretations) released between 1 January and 31 December 2011 to the list of 'designated IFRSs'.

Such IFRSs include:

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FSB creates 'Enhanced Disclosure Task Force'

14 May 2012

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has announced the formation of a private sector 'Enhanced Disclosure Task Force' (EDTF) to develop principles for enhanced disclosures by financial institutions, based on current market conditions and risks, including ways to enhance the comparability of disclosures.

The FSB was established through the G7 and G20 to coordinate at the international level the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies (including the IASB) and to develop and promote the implementation of effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies.

The creation of the EDTF follows on from an FSB hosted roundtable on risk disclosures by financial institutions held in December 2011.  The FSB issued a summary of the outcomes from the roundtable in a March 2012 press release (link to FSB website), which also noted the intention to form a task force.

In addition to developing principles for enhanced disclosure, the task force is also to identify leading practice risk disclosures presented in annual reports for end-year 2011 based on broad risk areas.

Click for FSB press release (link to FSB website).  A summary of the key messages from the December 2011 roundtable is presented below for the convenience of our readers.

 

Key messages from the December 2011 FSB rountable

Risk disclosure foundations. Participants generally preferred risk disclosure requirements in accounting standards and securities regulatory requirements that are principles-based rather than rules-based, but investors also called for measures to improve comparability, such as more consistent risk disclosure formats or templates.

Improvements needed in financial institution risk disclosures. Investors and analysts stressed that disclosure that enhances the transparency of risks and risk management practices helps to build confidence in the firm’s management, which can be particularly important to attract debt and equity investors. Given the current financial market environment, participants expressed the view that enhanced qualitative and quantitative disclosure is particularly important in the following areas:

  • Information on governance and risk management strategies - disclosure should be put in the context of the financial institution’s business model to facilitate market understanding of risk management practices.
  • Summary disclosure and benefits of achieving comparability
  • Credit risk - participants encouraged improved disclosure about exposures to sovereign debt and to other financial institutions
  • Liquidity risk - given the increasing role of collateral, participants shared the view that the degree of asset encumbrance should be disclosed at a reasonable interim frequency as well as annually
  • Capital adequacy and risk weighted assets (RWAs) - participants said that disclosures on capital planning were important, and further disclosure about RWAs and their calculation methods
    would be helpful
  • 'Pillar 3' disclosure - participants generally supported more integrated presentation which would, for example, better link and allow navigation between the Pillar 3 and financial report (e.g., IFRS 7) risk disclosures, align the timing of their publication, and achieve more comparability across jurisdictions and banks
  • Scenario and sensitivity analyses - including the possible disclosure of stress tests in financial reports.

ESMA Chairman Steven Maijoor urges US to decide on IFRS adoption soon

11 May 2012

In a keynote speech delivered to the 35th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association in Ljubljana on 9 May, Steven Maijoor, chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) urged his counterparts at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to send a clear message about the adoption of IFRS in the US soon.

Mr Maijoor began his speech describing his understanding of ESMA's role and the key objectives he sees for ESMA in the context of the broader regulatory reform of financial markets across the main regions of the world. He touched upon the proposals for reforming audit in the EU, the combination of audit and consulting, and the strengthening supervision. He also pointed out ESMA's own standard setting activities and its interaction with the IASB.

Moving then on to the topic of financial reporting, Mr Maijoor spoke about two issues in-depth: International Public Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and IFRS as global accounting standards.

He countered the possible surprise at a financial market regulator addressing the issue of public sector accounting by pointing out the fact that due to the current crisis governments have become important and active capital markets participants and the difference between corporate debt and sovereign debt has become more and more obsolete. Mr Maijoor strongly supported a current consultation of stakeholders on the suitability of introducing IPSAS for EU Member States: "There is currently a wide gap in the transparency obligations for sovereign debt issuers compared with corporate debt issuers. [...] We all know that a high level of transparency is needed for effective market discipline and good governance, and good governance is now especially needed in the Euro-zone."

On the topic of global accounting standards, he expressed respect regarding the on-going debates in the US on the implications of IFRS adoption and listed the goals that have already been achieved. However, he also pointed out that the G20 are getting impatient and are increasing the pressure on the IASB and FASB to achieve a single set of high quality, global accounting standards while the US still seemed to hesitate to come to a conclusion. "However, the absence of a clear US SEC position, and even more regrettably, the lack of clarity on the timetable for their decision have not been to the advantage of the IASB." Mr Maijoor concluded his speech on a hopeful note: "I know that my American counterparts at the SEC believe in international co-operation, and I hope they will send a positive message to the market soon by having the courage to adopt IFRS."

Please click for the full text of Mr Maijoor's speech on the ESMA website.

United States and China reaffirm commitment to global standards

11 May 2012

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan held a meeting of the Economic Track of the Fourth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing on 4 May 2012. The Fact Sheet issued as a result of the meeting reaffirms a commitment to global accounting standards.

The meeting was one of a series held towards building a U.S.-China cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and included the announcement of further concrete measures to enhance macroeconomic cooperation, promote open trade and investment, enhance international rules and global economic governance, and foster financial market stability and reform.

The Fact Sheet notes the following in the section on "Fostering Financial Market Stability and Reform" (emphasis added):

The United States and China are committed to building a sound financial system to support the real economy, and to effectively implement the international financial regulatory framework based on the G-20 consensus.  The two sides are committed to strengthen the supervision of systemically important financial institutions and risk resolution, develop effective resolution regimes for financial firms, and enhance the regulation of the financial derivatives.  The two sides commit to maintain efforts to deepen the compensation reform of financial institutions.  China and the United States support the objective of a single set of high quality global accounting standards.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to announce its decision on the possible adoption of IFRS in the United States in the near future, even as soon as the next few weeks according to some reports and SEC staff commentary.

Click for Joint U.S.-China Economic Track Fact Sheet- Fourth Meeting of the U.S. China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) (link to US Treasury website).

Summary of the April 2012 Trustees’ meeting

10 May 2012

The IASB has posted to its website a summary of meeting of the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation that took place in London on 13 April 2012.

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, the body responsible for the governance and oversight of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), discussed the following topics:

  • Trustees’ Strategy Review and the efforts to co-ordinate the report of the Trustees’ Strategy Review with that of the Monitoring Board
  • Regional outreach activities and meetings with key UK and European stakeholders to discuss IFRSs, their application and other matters of significance
  • Report of the Nominating Committee concerning the appointments of the Trustees Ronald Arculli, C. B. Bhave and James Quigley and the appointment of Chungwoo Suh as a member of the IASB
  • Update on the opening of the Asia-Oceania office in Tokyo, which is scheduled for October 2012
  • Trustee meetings for 2013
  • Report of the Chairman of the IASB concerning the major convergence projects and the agenda consultation
  • Report of the Due Process Oversight Committee regarding the development of the Due Process Handbook, the review of the effectiveness of the IFRS Interpretations Committee and the post implementation reviews
  • Report of the Education & Content Services Committee

Please click for the full summary on the IASB's website. The next meeting of the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation is scheduled for 12 July 2012.

Spanish translations of IFRS for SMEs Q&As

09 May 2012

The IASB has posted to its website Spanish translations of the three final questions and answers (Q&As) on the IFRS for SMEs published by the IASB's SME Implementation Group (SMEIG) in 2011.

The Q&As can be accessed online (link to IASB website). The Spanish translation of the four Q&As issued in 2012 is in process.

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