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Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell Share Crisis Leadership Experience at Deloitte’s 15th Annual CFO Vision Conference

Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell Share Crisis Leadership Experience at Deloitte’s 15th Annual CFO Vision Conference

During Deloitte’s 15th annual CFO Vision conference, held recently in Washington, D.C. global luminaries shined the spotlight on crisis leadership in today’s business environment. Featuring keynote addresses by former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell, and renowned author Malcolm Gladwell, perseverance amid difficult times was a common theme throughout the two-day event. “The [...]

IFRS Interpretations Committee January 2012

The IFRS Interpretations Committee is meeting at the IASB office in London UK on the 17 and 18 January 2012. The meeting will take place at the boardroom at the IASB office, First Floor, 30 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6XH. To register for this meeting, would-be attendants may send an email to meetings@ifrs.org, with “IFRS [...]

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Conference Call Meeting, 6 January 2012

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Conference Call Meeting, 6 January 2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies is holding a public meeting by conference telephone call on Friday, January 6, 2012. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST, and an audio webcast will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The agenda includes discussion of a recommendation to [...]

Roundtable to Solicit Input on Proposal to Improve Accounting for Investment Companies, Investment Property Entities

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have announced they will host a series of public roundtable meetings—including one in the United States—to discuss their proposals to improve and converge financial reporting by setting forth consistent criteria for determining whether an entity is an investment company. The U.S. roundtable [...]

AICPA Joins International Accounting Bodies at Accounting for Sustainability Forum

The American Institute of CPAs was among the international accounting bodies represented at the Accounting for Sustainability Forum in London earlier this month. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales addressed the Forum with remarks on the economic invisibility of nature. His speech asked attendees to consider how the value of natural resources can be [...]

National Seminar for Compliance Officers and Senior Personnel at Investment Management Firms, Jan. 13, 2012

National Seminar for Compliance Officers and Senior Personnel at Investment Management Firms, Jan. 13, 2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the opening of registration for its national seminar to help chief compliance officers (CCOs) and other senior personnel at investment management firms enhance their compliance programs for the protection of investors. The event will be held on Jan. 31, 2012, at the SEC’s Washington D.C. headquarters, and will [...]

IFRS, IASB Staff Meet with CIS and Baltic States’ Professional Bodies, Standard-setters

IFRS, IASB Staff Meet with CIS and Baltic States’ Professional Bodies, Standard-setters

On 28 and 29 November 2011, members and staff of the IFRS Foundation and the IASB met with representatives of professional accounting and auditing bodies and ministries from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Baltic States. The purpose of the meeting was to update these countries on important developments and to discuss matters [...]

Live FASB Webcast on November 28

Live FASB Webcast on November 28

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has now opened the registration for the upcoming webcast, IN FOCUS: Understanding the FASB’s Proposals for Investment Companies, Investment Property Entities, and Consolidations. This live webcast, offered free of charge, will take place on Monday, November 28, 2011, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Participants in the live broadcast [...]

International Committee Roundtable Tackles Integrated Reporting

International Committee Roundtable Tackles Integrated Reporting

The International Integrated Reporting Committee held a roundtable meeting earlier this week at SAP’s Executive Briefing Center in Palo Alto, California to gather perspectives on integrating governance, environmental and social performance information into organizational financial reporting. Business leaders from the corporate, investment, standard-setting and regulatory communities attended the meeting, co-convened by the American Institute of [...]

Shadowing Event for High School Finance Students in US Concluded

Shadowing Event for High School Finance Students in US Concluded

The Securities and Exchange Commission hosted on November 15 a shadowing event at its Washington D.C. headquarters and several regional offices to equip high school students studying finance with firsthand knowledge about the government’s work to protect investors. The students are involved in the Academy of Finance, one of five career-themed academies that are part [...]

Private Company Financial Reporting Committee Meeting, Nov. 17-18, 2011, Norwalk, Conn.

Private Company Financial Reporting Committee Meeting, Nov. 17-18, 2011, Norwalk, Conn.

The Private Company Financial Reporting Committee (PCFRC) convened by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The meeting will be held in FASB Office, 401 Merritt 7, Norwalk, Conn., with the aim to discuss accounting issues affecting private businesses. The PCFRC will discuss various topics, including private [...]

Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, Nov. 17, 2011

Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, Nov. 17, 2011

The Securities and Exchange Commission has bared the agenda, speakers and panelists for its 2011 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Thursday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at its Washington, D.C., headquarters at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Like last year, pre-registered participants will be able to take [...]

Roundtables, Webcast Aimed at Improving Private Company Financial Reporting

Roundtables, Webcast Aimed at Improving Private Company Financial Reporting

The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) will be sponsoring three public roundtables early next year and a live webcast later this month to enable interested parties to express their views and learn more about its proposal to improve accounting standard setting for private companies. The webcast, set for November 18, and the three roundtables, scheduled for [...]

PCAOB Standing Advisory Group Meeting on Nov. 9-10, 2011

PCAOB  Standing Advisory Group Meeting on Nov. 9-10, 2011

The next meeting of the Standing Advisory Group (SAG) will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 9-10, 2011, according to the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board. The SAG agenda includes an update on recent PCAOB developments and the Office of Chief Auditor’s standard-setting agenda. The SAG will discuss the Board’s recently issued concept release [...]

SEC to Hold Roundtable on ‘Measurement Uncertainty in Financial Reporting’

SEC to Hold Roundtable on ‘Measurement Uncertainty in Financial Reporting’

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that the inaugural roundtable in the Financial Reporting Series will be held on November 8. The purpose of the Financial Reporting Series is to proactively help identify risks and potential improvements in the financial information provided to investors. This roundtable will bring together investors, preparers, and auditors to [...]

SEC to Hold Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

SEC to Hold Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission will hold its annual SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on November 17 at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. The SEC announced that this year’s forum will include two panel discussions, one on current capital formation issues for private companies and a second on initial public offerings and securities [...]

Forum for Non-executive Director in Governance and Risk Management of UK International Bank Subsidiaries

Forum for Non-executive Director in Governance and Risk Management of UK International Bank Subsidiaries

The Financial Services Authority is conducting a forum on the role of the non-executive director in governance and risk management of UK subsidiaries of international banks. The forum aims at engaging non-executive directors (NEDs) in a discussion with the FSA on their key areas of responsibility in relation to governance and risk management of the [...]

SEC Bares Agenda, Panelists for Roundtable on Conflict Minerals

SEC Bares Agenda, Panelists for Roundtable on Conflict Minerals

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the agenda and panelists for a public roundtable on the agency’s required rulemaking under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which relates to reporting requirements regarding conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries. The October 18 [...]

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies First Meeting on Oct. 31

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies First Meeting on Oct. 31

The Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will be holding its first meeting on Monday, October 31. The SEC established the advisory committee last month to provide a formal mechanism for it to receive advice and recommendations specifically related to privately held small businesses and smaller publicly traded companies. The [...]

SEC to Hold Public Roundtable on Microcap Securities

SEC to Hold Public Roundtable on Microcap Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the panelists and final agenda for a public roundtable on microcap securities to be held on October 17. Next week’s roundtable is being sponsored by the SEC’s Microcap Fraud Working Group, a joint initiative of the Division of Enforcement and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. The Working [...]