At the end of June, Hans Hoogervorst, Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board, has stepped down after a 10-year tenure. Andreas Barckow, who has previously served on several IFRS Foundation advisory bodies, has taken over for a first mandate as head of the IASB as of 1 July.
Over the past 10 years, the IASB has published several important standards: IFRS 15 on revenue recognition and IFRS 9 on financial instruments in 2014, IFRS 16 on leases in 2016 and IFRS 17 on insurance contracts in 2017. Though this standard is not yet effective, it has already been modified and it is expected to be further amended to facilitate the transition as presented in this issue.
As the IASB changes its chairman and several Board members are replaced, the IASB's work plan is still ambitious, with major projects to be completed, such as the one on primary financial statements. As shown by the decisions made in June, maintenance of existing standards is also a priority for the Board which notably intends to propose limited amendments to IAS 7 and IFRS 7 in order to improve the information disclosed in the context of reverse factoring arrangements.
Beyond the GAAP no. 156 - June 2021