This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Shareholder questions: Management's considerations for 2014 annual meetings... M&A snapshot: Cross-border acquisitions — Due diligence and pre-acquisition risk considerations... PwC comments on International Valuation Standards Council’s credit and debit valuation adjustments exposure draft... and more
This PwC publication is intended to help management and the board of directors of public companies prepare for the annual meeting of shareholders. It contains example questions on topics that may be top-of-mind for shareholders, along with background information and suggested actions for management’s consideration.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article on the latest developments on cybersecurity, including new standards framework from the US Department of Homeland Security and survey results that show CEOs are extremely concerned about cyber-attacks. The newsletter also reports on new shareholder proposals companies are facing in 2014, the creation of an engagement protocol from a group of independent directors and investors, Institutional Shareholder Services targeting director tenure in its corporate governance rating system, and the PCAOB extending the comment period for its proposed lead audit partner disclosure rule.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In brief: FASB narrows insurance contracts project scope—convergence unlikely... Point of view: Municipal securities market... BoardroomDirect: February 2014... FASB meetings and project updates... SEC re-opens comment period for asset-backed securities releases... and more
In this issue of BoardroomDirect® Mary Ann Cloyd, leader of PwC’s Center for Board Governance, recently talked with Noreen Doyle, director of Newmont Mining Corp., Credit Suisse, and QinetiQ Group Plc, and Jim Nevels, chair of The Hershey Co, about a variety of issues including shareholder communication, risk oversight, and board diversity.
Did you miss the Q4 2013 "Current Accounting & Reporting Developments" webcast on December 17? If so, you still have an opportunity to view the webcast and earn CPE credit! PwC is offering the Q4 2013 webcast in an on-demand format for your convenience.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® provides a synopsis of PwC’s Key considerations for board and audit committee members, 2013-2014 edition. That publication offers insight into major issues facing directors, such as strategy, emerging technologies and Big Data, risk oversight, the talent pipeline, corporate ethics, the financials, and stakeholder communications. There are also actions for directors to consider for each issue.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q4 publication and view our new video perspectives.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® unveils the Center for Board Governance’s two newest publications: Director Dialogue with shareholders – what you need to consider and What matters in the boardroom? Depends on whose shoes you’re in. The newsletter also reports on an upcoming SEC roundtable on proxy advisory firms, Spencer Stuart’s 2013 US Board Index, PCAOB’s proposal to require disclosure of lead audit partners, and the CAQ’s summary of a roundtable on the financial statement expectation gap.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® takes a look at how boards address transformational changes, such as M&A’s, new product and technology rollouts; how boards and companies should abide by the new proposed CEO pay ratio disclosure rules; the latest data on political spending disclosure; and why cash flow statements have become the most read by boards.
Faced with new requirements, financial sector companies have increased their investment in anti-money laundering (AML) compliance efforts. Avoiding the inadvertent process of noncompliance, “AML drift”, is the key to a successful surveillance program. This whitepaper provides methods and techniques to help companies optimize their AML compliance program and protect themselves from regulatory impact.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® breaks down the results of PwC’s 2013 Annual Corporate Directors Survey in the backdrop of an evolving landscape, reports on the SEC’s newly proposed CEO pay ratio rules, describes the decision by ISS to include director tenure in its 2013-2014 investor survey, and gives the latest on the FASB/IASB lease accounting proposal.
The Q3 2013 edition focuses on accounting and reporting issues for private companies that could impact public companies, statement of cash flows, entities under common control, contingencies, new vice-chairman at the FASB, PCAOB proposal on improving auditor reporting, and international developments on auditor rotation and retendering.
What regulatory changes would be required for renewable power companies to access financing alternatives such as REITs and MLPs? What are the benefits and the regulatory challenges of each alternative?
Watch this webcast where we provide a summary of the new rules; discuss issues such as the effect of the inclusion of a global workforce and valuation of retirement and incentive compensation plans; and provide some suggestions for how the SEC's proposed flexibility can be made to work for your company through the use of statistical sampling.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q3 publication and view our new video perspectives.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® takes a look at board composition as critics speak out about current board renewal deficiencies, the Council of Institutional Investors campaign for majority voting, the expected CEO pay ratio rule, and PCAOB’s proposed auditor reporting model standard.
Almost 9 months into the first year of compliance, where does your company stand? Do you have a clear path forward to your first conflict minerals filing deadline? Watch this webcast where we share our perspective on the latest developments (including the legal challenge), considerations as you close out your first year of compliance, what to expect in the independent private sector audit – and how to prepare, and examples of how leading companies are addressing their compliance efforts.
Regulatory expectations for strong compliance governance in the banking sector continue to evolve. Sovereign debt levels and monetary policy threaten confidence and growth and historic low rates continue to put pressure on margins. PwC's Internal Audit practice hosted this webcast to discuss the current risks facing the banking industry and how internal audit can help facilitate preparedness for future risks.
US regulators are eager to complete rulemakings implementing Basel III and Dodd-Frank’s Enhanced Prudential Standards. This desire is compounded by public and congressional criticism of the delay in establishing a post-crisis supervisory framework – criticism that has been getting louder every year since Dodd-Frank’s passage.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® focuses on non-financial companies that use over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives to hedge risks, such as currency, interest rates, and fuel costs, are facing myriad decisions regarding the execution and management of those financial tools under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The SEC and the European Securities and Markets Authority finalized a supervisory cooperation agreement on July 18th to allow regulators to share supervisory information about investment advisers doing business internationally.
PwC surveyed companies to determine their level of understanding of and progress toward conflict minerals rule compliance. The results of the survey across several industries is included in this report.
This PDP Live Webcast provides an overview of current developments related to Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, and Health & Welfare employee benefit plans. Members of PwC's assurance practice provide insight on the increased regulatory focus from the PCAOB and Department of Labor that may affect employee benefit plans -- including topics related to investment accounting / valuation, service organization controls and other compliance issues.
The IASB has published narrow-scope amendments to IAS 39, Financial instruments: Recognition and measurement. Similar provisions will be incorporated into the forthcoming chapter on hedge accounting in IFRS 9, Financial instruments. The amendments provide relief from parts of the hedge accounting requirements when a derivative is novated to a central counterparty (CCP), such as a central clearing organization, provided certain conditions are met.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® focuses on a movement by public companies toward more sustainability disclosure, but not fully integrated reporting. It also covers the testimony of corporate governance professionals at a Congressional hearing on proxy advisors, a new FAQ from the SEC on conflict minerals disclosure, NASDAQ’s decision to withdraw its proposed internal audit function rule, and FASB’s proposal to suggest a new disclosure approach for its repo agreements project.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q2 publication and view our new video perspectives.
This document provides a high-level summary of activities of the FASB, PCAOB, SEC and related international developments that may be of interest to audit committees, companies, and their stakeholders. It includes some of the relevant regulations, standards, and guidance that were recently issued or are on the horizon, both inside and outside of the U.S.
On June 5, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board approved an interim final rule (with request for comment by August 4, 2013) on the treatment of uninsured US branches and agencies of foreign banks under section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act - the so-called Swaps Pushout rule.
On June 3rd, the Financial Stability Oversight Council met in a closed session and voted to provide written notice to three major US nonbank financial companies of the Council’s proposal to deem them as systemically important.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® focuses on what directors should do regarding risks related to illegal insider trading and two new PwC publications on IPO governance. It also addresses how vital it is for multinationals to correctly gauge China’s economic growth and the PCAOB’s reproposed Related Parties standard and Unusual Transactions amendments.
This FS Regulatory Brief focuses on (a) the broad principles underlying the SEC and CFTC releases, with a focus on the obligations of dealers; (b) the primary discrepancies between the two regulators' approaches to cross-border transactions and substituted compliance; (c) whether (and the extent to which) the SEC proposal may shape final CFTC cross-border rules and guidance or simply complicate the picture; and (d) operational implications of the dueling proposals and what institutions should be doing now.
10Minutes on conflict minerals provides insight into the strategic benefits and risks companies will want to focus on as they comply with the SEC's conflict minerals rule. The rule is effective for 2013 calendar year operations, so regardless of whether companies view conflict minerals as a supply chain opportunity, risk to their brand or another regulatory to-do, they should act now to prepare.
This FS Regulatory Brief (a) analyzes the guidance’s key points, and (b) offers our view that further written regulatory detail is unlikely to be provided in the near term because of the guidance’s link to the Too Big To Fail debate in Washington and because of lack of agreement between the regulators.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® addresses cybersecurity risk being a board priority, the SEC applying website guidance to company social media use, the US Chamber publishing proxy advisor principles, PwC‘s 2013 State of the Internal Audit Profession Survey, NYC attorneys asking NYSE to reconsider its audit committee risk rule, and COSO issuing an updated framework next month.
Companies in the United States typically follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) when preparing financial statements. A non-GAAP measure is defined as a measure that excludes (or includes) amounts that are included (or excluded) in the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. Read why members of the investment community find non-GAAP measures useful.
The final FATCA regulations released in January brought clarity on some issues the insurance industry had identified in the proposed regulations. While some provisions in the final regulations attempt to simplify the impact on the insurance industry, other provisions have ultimately complicated FATCA's impact.
This edition of The quarter close highlights current developments in financial reporting, including key standard-setting developments in revenue, financial instruments, and other hot topics, as well as SEC and PCAOB regulatory updates.
This document provides a high-level summary of activities of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and others that may be of interest to audit committees, companies, and their stakeholders. It includes some of the relevant regulations, standards, and guidance that were recently issued or are on the horizon, both inside and outside of the U.S.
Conflict minerals compliance has quickly become one of the most pressing issues for both SEC and non-SEC registered companies. As we have spoken to a large number of companies regarding their conflict minerals implementation programs, we would like to share with you some observations and key takeaways.
This FS Regulatory Brief provides our view of (a) where banks stand right now in preparing for Volcker, (b) the timing of the final rule and what it may look like, (c) the response of foreign regulators, and most important (d) what banks should be doing now.
The US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released their guidance on FATCA for the asset management industry, with a compliance deadline of January 2014. Key issues in implementation and other areas remain to be resolved.
PwC's Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) offers a preview of the key tax policy issues facing the Obama Administration and Congress in 2013, including the outlook for comprehensive tax reform, deficit reduction, business tax provisions that expire at the end of 2013, and other tax policy matters of importance to today's business leaders.
PwC released an earlier newsbrief on January 18, 2013 highlighting many of the distinctions between the proposed and final FATCA regulations, which potentially apply to all industries. To supplement the earlier newsbrief, this newsbrief describes the most notable differences between the proposed and final regulations that will impact insurers.
The final FATCA regulations document from PwC's Global Information Reporting (GIR) practice is formatted with references in an easy to read format. The GIR team has developed this version of the regulations to give tax and compliance professionals an easier option to study and know the rules surrounding FATCA.
Final regulations for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) were issued on January 17, 2013. FATCA was enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act) on March 18, 2010 to serve as an administrative tool to prevent and detect US tax evasion and improve taxpayer compliance. The final regulations contain over 500 pages of guidance.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) was enacted as part of the Hiring to Restore Incentives (“HIRE”) Act. FATCA was enacted with a primary goal of providing the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) with an increased ability to detect US tax evaders concealing their assets in foreign accounts and investments.
This edition of The quarter close has the latest updates and timely reminders to help you navigate your year-end reporting process with a number of hot topics, including fair value, asset impairments, pensions, valuation allowances, and more.
The regulatory and standard-setting environment continues to be fluid with new regulations and standards emerging from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and others. This issue of Regulatory and Standard-Setting Developments provides a high-level summary of some of the relevant regulations, standards, and guidance that were recently issued or are on the horizon, both in and outside of the U.S., and other information that may be of interest to audit committees, companies, and others.
For non-financial services companies, regulations introduced by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Basel III will result in significant changes to the derivatives market. Every aspect of a corporation using derivative to manage risk will ultimately be affected—from risk strategies and corporate funding to operations and accounting. This 10Minutes provides insight on the impacts of new regulation on corporate entities and what those entities need to do now in order to meet impending reform deadlines and ensure they're well equipped to manage increased costs and compliance responsibilities.
This year end, entities continue to face many complex financial reporting issues such as providing new fair value disclosures, accounting for debt modifications, and evaluating revenue recognition guidance. Economic challenges around the world continue to have broad financial reporting implications. While not an all-inclusive list, this Dataline is intended to serve as a timely reminder of leading practices and lessons learned on key issues that companies should consider as they navigate the year-end financial reporting process.
The 2012 AICPA National Conference on Banks and Savings Institutions was held September 10 through 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the banking regulators, SEC, and standard setters presented at the Conference along with auditors, users, preparers, and industry experts. Presenters expressed views on a wide range of important accounting, auditing, and financial reporting topics. This Dataline provides highlights of topics discussed at the Conference.
This edition of The quarter close highlights the SEC report on IFRS, the latest on conflict minerals, health care reform, and several FASB releases that are sure to keep you busy this fall. Video perspectives are also now available.
On August 22, 2012, the SEC approved a final rule requiring certain issuers to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals [tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold] and whether those minerals originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") or adjoining countries (“covered countries”). This Dataline looks at the key provisions of the final rule. Also included is a supplement on frequently asked questions on conflict minerals.
The SEC Staff recently published its final Staff Report regarding the potential impact of incorporation of IFRS into the US financial reporting system. This Dataline looks at the six key areas covered in the Staff Report and offers our observations.
The JOBS Act of 2012 created a number of special accommodations under the U.S. securities laws for a newly designated group of companies known as "emerging growth companies" (EGCs). A principal goal of the JOBS Act (which is short for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) is to encourage job creation and economic growth by making it easier for private companies to access the public capital markets. This Dataline provides responses to frequently asked questions about the EGC provisions of Title I of the JOBS Act.
Ordinarily, a company preparing an SEC filing must apply all accounting standards (including transition provisions) as if it had always been a public company. The JOBS Act of 2012, however, provides an exception to this general rule. Under Section 102(b) of the JOBS Act, an emerging growth company (EGC) may apply any new or revised financial accounting standard on the same date a company that is not an issuer (as defined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act) is required to apply the new or revised accounting standard, if the standard applies to a non-issuer. This Practical tip highlights that an EGC should evaluate whether it needs to make disclosures relating to transition to new or revised accounting standards in its next SEC filing.
The 2011 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments was held on December 5, 6, and 7, 2011. Similar to prior years, the Conference hosted representatives from regulators and standard setters, along with auditors, users, preparers, and industry experts who expressed views on a wide range of important accounting, auditing, and financial reporting topics. We provide you highlights of the topics discussed at the Conference in this Dataline.
On November 16, 2011, the SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant (the SEC Staff) published two staff papers. The first summarizes differences between the US GAAP and IFRS frameworks, and the second analyzes how IFRS is applied in practice. The papers were published pursuant to the SEC StaffÆs work plan to analyze considerations relevant to the Commission's decision on whether, when, and how IFRS might be incorporated into the US financial reporting system. This Dataline provides a summary of selected differences between US GAAP and IFRS noted in the first paper. It also summarizes the Staff's key observations included in the second paper on how IFRS is applied in practice. ...
Rule 10-01(b)(1) of Regulation S-X requires companies to include separate summarized income statement information in their interim financial statements for each equity investee if (i) separate financial statements of the investee would be required for annual periods and (ii) the investee would be required to file Part I of Form 10-Q if the investee were a registrant.