Whether driven by an acquisition, organic growth, a listing in the U.S. capital markets, or another transformative event, a business may choose to transition from complying with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), or vice versa. The convergence of accounting standards has made adoption of a single methodology a more commonplace decision, albeit one with major and lasting ramifications for investors, corporate management, and other key stakeholders.
Holistic approach to GAAP/IFRS Advisory Services
CohnReznick’s Advisory team understands the broader impact of changes to accounting standards, which in many ways represent a significant transformational effort across existing policies, processes, and technology.

Some of the key differences for companies to consider when transitioning between IFRS and U.S. GAAP include: 

Amortization of right-of-use assets for leases classified as operating under U.S. GAAP
Certain inventory costing and valuation approaches
Impairment allocation and testing approaches, methods, and measurement of intangible assets with indefinite lives, including goodwill
Deferred tax assets, liabilities, and tax provisions are impacted depending on tax allocation methods and certain transactions
Some areas will require more in-depth evaluation depending on the complexity of a company’s debt and equity structure and the nature of their operations, and for such cases we work with the company to leverage an “Assess, Implement, and Monitor” approach

CohnReznick’s end-to-end approach to GAAP/IFRS Advisory services helps clients with the decisions they make regarding adoption and implementation of a new financial standard framework. We offer an international pool of advisors with GAAP and IFRS expertise and decades of public reporting experience; but as fluency in the latest accounting rules is only as good as the practical advice it generates, we differentiate our services by making sure to complement our technical acumen with practical business insights.

Contact our team to learn more about our offerings, including:

GAAP/IFRS assessments and insight into potential changes and financial statements 
Preparation of related accounting position papers
Advice on complex accounting policy decisions
Managing the messages to market
Insight into impacts on your bottom line
Post-implementation support

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Swami Venkat

Swami Venkat

CPA, CISA, CFE, ACA, Partner, CFO Advisory Leader

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