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Complex Accounting

Robert Pozen

Advisory Committee to the SEC on Improvements to Financial Reporting (CIFR)

Obviously, the application of Accounting and Reporting Standards in the United States has become a daunting task and, in fact, an outright distraction for financial officers. According to the CIFR’s initial report, the complexities can be blamed on the unrestrained build-up of complicated accounting standards coming from the FASB, largely with the intent of conforming GAAP and IFRS, and on the mounting interpretations of those rules by regulators and the accounting firms. Couple this with the tightened independence standards placed on experienced auditors who, in the past, were more able to help their audit clients wade through these standards and interpretations, financial officers are finding a significant gap between their companies’ financial resources and the public and regulatory reporting demands being imposed upon them.

Following is a select list of topics that seems to present the greatest amount of application difficulty to financial officers. However, if there is GAAP involved, we have the team that can bring clarity to the application. Click a topic for more information…

Business CombinationsConsolidation and VIEs
PIPE Transactions and DerivativesEITF 07-05
ImpairmentsShare-Based Payments
Revenue RecognitionVariable Interest Entities

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