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Ifrs Broker Dealer Presentation


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Ifrs Broker Dealer Presentation

  1. 1. April 15, 2009 IFRS and Independent Broker Dealers Prepared by: John Chick, C.A.
  2. 2. Outline Background Implications to Broker Dealers Scope of Changes Key Success Factors Key Considerations What Mathews Michaels Provides
  3. 3. Background  Canadian GAAP is moving to IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards)  Effective date of transition will be 1/Jan/2011 (i.e. standards in place at that date)  Applies to all Publicly Accountable Enterprises (i.e. public companies plus certain private companies and public entities which are subject to regulation or public scrutiny)  Optional for private profit-oriented enterprises (who may want to adopt to maintain a comparable, competitive market position)  SEC will accept financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS  U.S. is planning to transition FASB to IFRS  IFRS is a concepts-based vs. rules-based set of accounting principles
  4. 4. Implications for Investment Dealers  Likely will need to adopt IFRS for fiscal years starting on or after 1/Jan/2011 (e.g. 31/Dec/2011 year ends)  Applies to first interim financial statements (e.g. 31/Mar/2011)  Must provide full comparative financial information prepared under same basis of accounting (e.g. 2010, which must also be reported under existing Canadian GAAP)  Must explain significant upcoming changes in accounting principles (i.e. note disclosure will be required starting at least in 2009)  Likely have clients who will need to adopt IFRS  May need to provide more than one type of client accounting & reporting to meet differing client needs
  5. 5. Scope of Changes  This is not just an accounting exercise  There are likely to be implications to other areas for example:  Systems – new data requirements  Human Resources – employee long term incentive plans  Finance – debt covenant and taxation planning  Controllership – financial reporting and budget process  Operations – policies and procedures  Investor Relations– KPI’s and dividend policy
  6. 6. Key Success Factors  Support at senior levels of organization  Structured and effective project planning  Appropriate education and training  Sufficient key resources  Complete and detailed analysis  Avoid mistake of simplistic conclusions  Many key differences are buried in the details of both Canadian GAAP and IFRS  Need to identify and understand differences before quantifying implications and making decisions regarding choice of accounting principle  Timely implementation  Regular, focused and effective communication
  7. 7. Key Concerns  “The Devil is in the Details”  This change will not be suitable for a “One Size Fits All” process  IFRS 1 provides a number of exemptions and limits certain choices for first- time adopters of IFRS  Crucial to understand the implications of these before making final decisions regarding choice of accounting principles provided under remainder of IFRS  Should ensure choice of accounting principles provides proper balance between cost/benefit of effort and best practices
  8. 8. What Mathews Michaels Provides  Assess the Canadian GAAP to IFRS impact for your organization  Provide a detailed project plan and identify the resource requirements to successfully get you to end of job  Establish the Change Management processes to oversee the project and communication with all stakeholders  Work with you on key accounting policies areas and provide opinion on industry approach  Execute project using our measurable project criteria that we will evaluate on an ongoing basis  Provide an in house IFRS manual for your organization  If you’re not already working on it, the time to start is NOW
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