This highly interactive three-day course explores international financial reporting practices for banks and other financial institutions.

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IFRS Workshop for Banks and other Financial Institutions (3 days)

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Applying IFRSs presents significant challenges for financial institutions. Recent changes to the accounting requirements for financial instruments also affect the related disclosures. The new standard on financial instruments, IFRS 9, is mandatory for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. Utilizing a highly interactive format, this course provides a comprehensive overview of the effects that the latest requirements have on the financial statements of financial institutions.

This three-day program offers invaluable guidance on meeting the requirements of current accounting principles and disclosure requirements. Coverage includes lending and repossessed assets, accounting implications of regulatory requirements, disclosures, and IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement. The complex requirements of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments are discussed and explained. Numerous examples and illustrations are provided, including application of the effective interest method under various scenarios, retained servicing, loan commitments and financial guarantees, loan impairment and restructurings, and derivatives and hedging. Where applicable, IFRSs are contrasted with US GAAP requirements.

The theory and application of the standards is demonstrated with illustrative examples, complemented by application of the standards in an interactive group environment utilizing case studies, model financial statements, and practical exercises.

This course answers questions such as:

  • What are the current IFRS reporting requirements for financial institutions?
  • When and how can financial instruments be reclassified?
  • What are the accounting requirements for loan losses, repossessed assets, and fee income?
  • How are effective interest rates calculated for various financial instruments?
  • What principles apply to the recognition, measurement, impairment, and derecognition of financial instruments?
  • How does the ‘expected loss model’ in IFRS 9 compare with the IAS 39’s ‘incurred loss model’?
  • What are the recognition and measurement principles for investment property?
  • What are the other significant changes that will result from applying IFRS 9’s hedge accounting?
  • What are IFRS 9’s transitional provisions?
  • How are the disclosure requirements of IFRS 7 applied in practice?

Learning Objectives

  • Classify and measure financial assets under IFRS 9’s three categories
  • Prepare the quantitative and qualitative disclosures for financial instruments required by IFRS 7
  • Calculate impairment of loans and other financial assets under the expected loss model in IFRS 9
  • Calculate the effective interest rates for various financial instruments common to the financial sector
  • Determine the principles in relation to recognition and measurement of investment property in IAS 40
  • Differentiate embedded derivatives between those that must be accounted separately and those that do not require separation from their host instruments under IFRS 9
  • Apply the hedge accounting requirements
  • Transitioning smoothly to IFRS 9

Who Should Attend

  • Financial or management accountants with financial institutions
  • Internal and external auditors of financial institution reporting under IFRSs
  • Staff and management of Central Banks, Deposit Insurance Entities, and other agencies with regulatory responsibility in the financial services sector
  • Financial analysts seeking to improve their understanding of the accounting and disclosures related to financial instruments and the impact of IFRS 9’s changes
  • Professors and other instructors with educational facilities
  • First-time adopters of IFRSs, seeking to analyze the options for, and implications of, applying IFRS 9 in their first IFRS financial statements


  • Applying IASB standards applicable to financial institutions
  • Financial Instruments
    • Classification and reclassification of financial instruments under IFRS 9
    • Fair value option
    • Fair value measurement (IFRS 13)
    • Recognition and measurement under IFRS 9
    • Derecognition (including retained servicing and REPOs)
    • Financial guarantees
    • Loan commitments
  • Application of the Effective Interest Method
    • Computing the effective interest rate
    • Applying the effective interest method under various scenarios – live illustrations
      • Plain vanilla bonds
      • Variable rate instruments
      • Effect of prepayments
    • Applying the effective interest method after recognition of impairment losses
  • Loans Receivable
    • Recognition and measurement
    • Fee income and loan origination costs (IFRS 15 and IFRS 9)
    • Impairment and restructurings
    • Interaction between IAS 21 (foreign currency issues) and IFRS 9
    • Repossessed assets
  • Investment Property (IAS 40) – brief overview
  • Derivatives and Hedging (IFRS 9)
    • Accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives
    • Overview of accounting for the three types of hedges (cash flow, fair value, and net investment)
    • Hedge accounting documentation requirements
    • Termination of hedge accounting
  • Financial Statements
    • Financial statement presentation (IAS 1, 7 and 8)
    • Review and practical application of IFRS 7 disclosure requirements
    • Capital disclosures required by IAS 1
    • Review of real world and model IFRS financial statements
  • Implications of IFRS 16 Leases (effective 2019)
  • Transitioning to IFRS 9
  • IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of IFRSs - reliefs from retrospective application
  • Current outstanding project
    • Dynamic Risk Management (Macro Hedging) – April 2014 Discussion Paper and current plan

Teaching Method

  • Group live instruction and interactive participation
  • Description and explanation of IFRS technical requirements in clear and simple language
  • Real-world financial statements of financial institutions to demonstrate IFRS presentation and disclosure requirements
  • Illustrative demonstrations for calculating effective interest rates
  • Case studies:
    • Recognition, measurement and fair value adjustments for financial instruments under IFRS 9
    • Application of the derecognition rules under IFRS 9
    • Determination of loan losses under IFRS 9
  • Exercises to provide hands-on application practice
  • Active participation is encouraged


The instructor for this course will be drawn from one of our core faculty of subject matter experts. Further details will be published at the earliest opportunity.


Our seminars take place in 4 star professional conference facilities, generally in city-centre hotels like the Marriott, Sheraton or Hilton brands. Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

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Field of study: Accounting


Some familiarity with financial reporting for banks or other financial institutions under IFRS or US GAAP, or other national GAAPs. No advance preparation is required for this course.