Financial Reporting Webcast – 15 June 2017

Going digital – meeting online

In recent years many professionals have taken advantage of our Stay Smart events to get up to speed on the latest developments in IFRS relevant to the current financial reporting season. We are writing to invite you to our 2017 programme. As in the past we aim to give you the opportunity to find out about and discuss important changes in financial reporting.

This year’s spring programme will take the form of a one hour webcast including a Q & A session, accompanied by a live chat throughout. We will have a focus on the upcoming interim reports and also look at the areas of focus recently published by the SIX exchange regulation. You will be updated on the latest developments and trends in pension accounting, including risk sharing, and we will share insights on the implementation of the new revenue and leasing standards.

Free of charge, this format is designed to fit into your schedule more flexibly. You will get information on the latest changes in compact form, and you will still have the opportunity to interact live with peers and PwC’s specialists. The autumn programme will again take the form of half day events at various venues throughout Switzerland; programme and dates will be communicated in due course.

We cordially invite you to take part in the webcast. Please see the programme for more details.


Please register online 2 days before the webcast at the latest. We will confirm your registration, including the login details for the webcast.

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  • All you need to know about interim reports in accordance with IAS 34
  • Current developments and trends in pension accounting
  • Insights into implementation of the new revenue and leasing standards
  • Discussion/Wrap up

Date and Time

Thursday, 15 June, 10am – 11am






Intensive Course on IFRS

June 2017
Courtyard by Marriott, Zurich


Does your company report in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), or are you responsible for preparing the financial statements in compliance with IFRS? Is your company considering a move to IFRS? Or do you simply want to extend or to refresh your IFRS expertise? Then PwC’s intensive course on IFRS is right for you.


Our module based IFRS course will help you deal with IFRS professionally and apply the standards competently by giving you:

  • a solid basic understanding of the most important IFRS/IAS standards and of recent developments
  • detailed knowledge of the content of these standards and how they are applied.

You will learn how IFRS facilitates transparent external reporting. But you will also find out how to use it as a helpful instrument that supports you in assessing the financial position of your company and in recognising priorities. The course shows you how to put the theory into practice.

Methodology and organisation

All modules are specially designed for finance specialists and users of IFRS. In class you have presentations, group work, case studies and sharing sessions to expand and apply what you have learned.

Although all participants are invited to join all 5 modules, please keep the following in mind while registering: on day 4 we will look at IFRS 15 and IFRS 9 from the viewpoint of corporate entities. On day 5 we will tailor the discussion for the needs of the financial services industry, with a focus on IFRS 9.

Date and location:
The course will be held in five modules, each lasting one day from 8:30 am to approx. 6 pm in English.

Module 1: Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Module 2: Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Module 3: Monday, 19 June 2017
Module 4: Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Module 5: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Courtyard by Marriott
Max-Bill-Platz 19, CH-8050 Zurich

1 module:     CHF 1,300 including VAT
2 modules:   CHF 2,500 including VAT
3 modules:   CHF 3,600 including VAT
4 modules:   CHF 4,500 including VAT
5 modules:   CHF 5,400 including VAT

This includes course documentation, refreshments (breaks and lunch) and parking.

Please register online.


For more information click here.

IFRS News April 2017

Our latest IFRS News contains some information about
uncertainty in income tax accounting, demistifying IFRS 9, the leases lab, the IFRS 15 mole and more.

Article 50 triggers uncertainty in income tax accounting

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Demystifying IFRS 9

IFRS 9 expected credit loss model 2. Emma Edelshein, Financial Instruments Director, explains more on expected credit losses in IFRS 9

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IFRIC Rejections Supplement – IAS 32

Helen Wise of Accounting Consulting Services examines the practical implications of IC rejections related to IAS 32.

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Mastering the challenges of IFRS 16 (Leases)

Following the new requirements coming with the introduction of IFRS 16 replacing the IAS 17. We are presenting you in this webinar the challenges the new standard has brought beyond the accounting perspective. Such as –

  • data collection,
  • disclosure management and
  • overall performance analysis.

Among all the solutions we recommend, we are showing you in this webinar how these issues can be mastered with Tagetik combining a state-of-the-art EPM tool and our accounting expertise for a smooth, non-disruptive solution.

Please find the link to our webinar here


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+41 58 792 4950

Daniel Knechtli
Senior Manager Assurance
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Manager Advisory
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Risk sharing of Swiss pensions plans

Valuing Swiss pension plans under International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) IAS19 has been a long-running debate and discussion among experts and companies. IAS19 shapes the assumptions and methods for calculating the income statement and balance sheet entries and different approaches are possible.

An employer’s obligation towards its Swiss pension plan can be hard to define. Under local rules, pension funds are typically considered “fully funded”, with only a subsidised risk of a liability for the employer to fund a shortfall. Under IAS19 though, there is typically a liability – in the IFRS view the employer will have to pay more than just regular contributions to fund pension promises and the guarantees from a Swiss pension plan.

In reality, many steps are taken before a true cash liability emerges. These steps can involve changing benefits of employees. This means the risk is shared between the employer and employees. The question is how to reflect this under IAS19.

Is allowing for “risk sharing” acceptable under IFRS?

The actions a pension fund might take in response to a local funding shortfall include:

  1. Reducing interest credited to savings capital for employees;
  2. Changing the conversion rates using to turn retirement capital into a pension; and
  3. Requiring additional contributions from employees and employer.

The accounting position should be a realistic reflection of the expected future pension obligations and situation of the fund. When valuing the balance sheet it can be acceptable to assess the impact and likelihood of such measures in advance.

How to allow for risk sharing

The impact of risk sharing depends on how the company expects the future of the pension fund to unfold and the actions taken in light of that development. The impact depends on the specific circumstances and rules of the fund, the company and its employee group.

A typical analysis would project the future local funding level based on expected returns on plan assets, developments in interest rates, mortality, plan parameters and funding of technical provisions. The company can then analyse what needs to happen to key plan parameters like the conversion rate and interest credit over time. Any analysis also needs to reflect minimum benefits and within the flexibility allowed in the current plan rules and governing law. The company has to reflect what is allowed and expected to happen.

Important questions to address

Allowing for risk sharing triggers some important questions:

  • How will the company really respond to underfunding? How has the company dealt with any underfunding in the past? Did employees pay a proportion of any additional contributions? Or was some aspect of the benefits increased to compensate for a reduction elsewhere? Are some mechanism of change stipulated in the formal terms of the plan?
  • Any allowance for risk sharing should reflect the net effect of any future changes and also be consistent with the expectations of employees. What are employees’ expectations and what messages have been sent by the company and fund?
  • How will the company disclose the impact? Readers of the accounts must be able to understand what actions are expected, how the company has reached that conclusion and the impact on the accounts and members.

The chamber of pension fund experts in Switzerland has published some general principles for valuation and reporting of the risk sharing features of Swiss pension plans. These features should also be considered when assessing the impact.

Risk sharing debate a sign of rising complexity

Risk sharing is only one aspect of the complexity facing IFRS reporting for companies with a Swiss pension plan. Declining interest rates, rising life expectancy and lower expected investment returns have pushed the financial position of Swiss funds into sharp focus. This is more pronounced under IFRS as it uses market-based assumptions to value the pension position. The IFRS position shows us that if the current economic situation remains, there may be tough choices ahead between further cuts in future actives’ benefits and paying additional contributions to maintain the financial position of Swiss pension plans.


Chris Rutherford
People and Organisation
+41 75 413 18 43

Swiss GAAP FER checklist for consolidated and stand-alone financial statements

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The checklist follows the modular structure of Swiss GAAP FER. It is structured in relation to the items in the financial statements and differentiates between the core FER and the other standards of the FER as well as the special requirements for consolidated financial statements and for listed companies.

You can download the file here.

IFRS News February 2017

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This publication provides illustrative disclosures which are considered best practice disclosures to be made by an Investment Entity (as a result of the Investment Entities Applying the Consolidation Exception: Amendments to IFRS 10 – Consolidated Financial Statements, IFRS 12 – Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities and IAS 28 – Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures) (the “Amendments”) which has a controlled subsidiary, that itself meets the definition of an “Investment Entity”, and which had previously consolidated that subsidiary.



Illustrative IFRS financial statements 2016 – Private equity funds


This publication provides an illustrative set of financial statements, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), for a fictional private equity limited partnership, ABC Private Equity LP. This is based on the requirements of IFRS standards and interpretations for the financial year beginning on 1 January 2016.

ABC Private Equity LP is not traded in a public market. ABC Private Equity LP’s investment objectives are to seek medium- to long-term growth by investing directly in private unlisted companies with high growth potential. It classifies all of its investments as ‘fair value through profit or loss’ (FVTPL) and does not apply hedge accounting.

The Partnership is presented as an Investment Entity in accordance with IFRS 10. As a result, the Partnership does not consolidate any subsidiaries unless they provide investment related services. No portfolio companies are consolidated, regardless of the level of holding as the Partnership meets the definition of an Investment Entity and instead, fair values these portfolio companies through its holdings in its investment holding subsidiary companies. There is only one controlled portfolio company (‘controlled subsidiary investment’) as at the period-end date of these financial statements.

The illustrative disclosures should not be considered the only acceptable form of presentation. The form and content of each reporting entity’s financial statements are the responsibility of the entity’s management. Alternative presentations to those proposed in this publication may be equally acceptable if they comply with the specific disclosure requirements prescribed in IFRS. These illustrative financial statements are not a substitute for reading the standards and interpretations themselves or for professional judgement as to fairness of presentation. They do not cover all possible disclosures that IFRS requires, nor do they take account of any specific legal framework. We recommend that readers also refer to the most recent IFRS disclosure checklist publication.