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Final SIC 27 (lease-leaseback) will focus more on principles

09 Jul 2001

SIC has announced that it has completed its discussions of SIC D27, Transactions in the Legal Form of a Lease and Leaseback.

While SIC has reaffirmed the consensus in D27, it is redrafting the Interpretation to focus more on the principles involved rather than on a single fact pattern.
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Pooling and goodwill amortisation to end in the US

04 Jul 2001

FASB has voted unanimously to approve FAS 141, Business Combinations, and FAS 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets: Under FAS 141, all business combinations must be accounted for using the purchase method.

The pooling-of-interests method (called uniting of interests in IAS 22) is prohibited. Effective for business combinations initiated after 30 June 2001.
  • Under FAS 142, goodwill will not be amortised but must be tested for impairment annually at the reporting unit level based on fair value measurements. Effective for financial years beginning after 15 December 2001, early adoption permitted, retroactive application not permitted.
  • More information at FASB Website. Concurrently, the Canadian Accounting Standards Board approved standards on Business Combinations and Goodwill and Other Intangibles that are consistent with those in the US. Other standard-setters, including those in Australia and New Zealand, have also banned pooling. IASB has identified convergence on business combinations as a high priority potential agenda project.
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    Agendas for July meetings of IASB, SAC are announced

    04 Jul 2001

    Click for IASB and SAC July Meeting Information. .

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    EC proposes "Single Passport" to European financial markets

    03 Jul 2001

    The European Commission has issued a Proposed Directive on Prospectuses prescribing the structure and minimum disclosure content of securities offering documents (prospectuses).

    The proposal would introduce a 'single passport' to raising capital in Europe. There would be only one prospectus approved by the home country authority of the issuer, which would have to be accepted throughout the EU for public offer and/or admission to trading on regulated markets. Click to download the Full Text of EC Proposal (PDF 103k).
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    IASB adds a fifth batch to approved IAS 39 guidance

    03 Jul 2001

    IASB has issued a consolidated document that includes the fifth batch of questions and answers approved in final form by the IAS 39 Implementation Guidance Committee as of 1 July 2001. .

    IASB has issued a consolidated document that includes the fifth batch of questions and answers approved in final form by the IAS 39 Implementation Guidance Committee as of 1 July 2001.

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    European goal: an integrated securities market by 2003

    03 Jul 2001

    The European Commission has created two key committees as part of its financial services action plan: a European Securities Committee (ESC) and a Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR).

    The ESC will be composed of high-level representatives of the Member States. It will advise the Commission on issues relating to securities policy. At a future date, it will also act as a regulatory committee. The CESR is set up as an independent advisory body composed of representatives of the national public securities regulatory authorities to advise the ommission on the technical details of securities legislation. The Commission's goal is to achieve an integrated European securities market by the end of 2003. Click for Commission's June 2001 Progress report on its Financial Services Action Plan (PDF 69k).
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    IASB technical agenda is taking shape

    03 Jul 2001

    Based on discussions at the IASB meeting last week, the agenda proposals that IASB will put before its Standards Advisory Council in 23-24 July would seem to include the following: .

    Based on discussions at the IASB meeting last week, the agenda proposals that IASB will put before its Standards Advisory Council in 23-24 July would seem to include the following:

    High Priority Projects

    • Improvements (including transition)
    • Preface
    • Reporting financial performance
    • Measurement
    • Share-based payments
    • Measurement of financial instruments at fair value

    • Business combinations
    • Consolidation
    • Derecognition
    • Banking activities: disclosure and presentation
    • Insurance contracts
    • Limited amendments to IAS 39

    Second Level Projects

    • Definitions of elements of financial statements
    • Intangible assets
    • Leases

    • Extractive industries
    • Impairment
    • Revaluation of non-financial assets
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    IASB agenda project files updated

    01 Jul 2001

    We have updated IASB agenda project pages for Banks, Business Combinations, Measurement (new project page), Performance Reporting, and Preface. .

    We have updated IASB agenda project pages for

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    SEC concern about the integrity of financial statements

    30 Jun 2001

    Expressing concern about accounting irregularities and the integrity of financial statements, Acting US SEC Chairman Laura S.

    Unger said in a recent Speech (PDF 57k):

    The Commission was also seeing many companies restate their financial statements: 104 in 1997, 116 in 1998, and 142 in 1999. The growing trend in the number of restatements did not abate in 2000. According to a recent study, there were 156 restatements last year. The study further reports that the restatements resulted in total market losses of $31.2 billion in 2000, $24.2 billion in 1999 and $17.7 billion in 1998.

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    2,400 follow-ups from IOSCO International Internet Surf Day

    29 Jun 2001

    The SEC and 37 of its IOSCO counterparts conducted a second International Internet Surf Day in an ongoing effort by securities regulators to detect and deter securities violations occurring on the Internet, particularly those involving cross-border activity.

    Approximately 300 staff of IOSCO members surfed the Internet for fraudulent solicitation of investors, manipulation, the circulation of false or misleading information, and insider trading. Regulatory authorities collectively identified over 2,400 sites for follow-up review, with over 278 of the sites involving cross-border activity. IASB recently decided not to pursue the IASC Project on Business Reporting on the Internet. Click for SEC Press Release (PDF 9k).

     

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