Regulatory and accounting standards update –January, 2013

Each month, FEI Canada keeps you informed about new developments in regulatory and accounting standards.

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The most important words in tax: Transfer pricing, substance and budget

For more information on current issues and opportunities in international tax and transfer pricing for Canadian companies, please check out the latest  FEI Canada/Ryan webinar on February 20, 2013. Click here for further details.

This informative and interactive session will feature key issues in international tax and transfer pricing for Canadian companies. This intermediate level course will examine international tax and transfer pricing considerations for both North America and Europe, with a focus on the Netherlands as an important part of any multinational tax structure.

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Focus on financial reporting – 2012 annual update

After many years of anticipation, the implementation of a new or revised financial reporting framework by Canadian entities is nearly complete. All Canadian organizations, with the exception of those that apply US GAAP, have adopted or will be adopting one of the five different financial reporting frameworks issued or approved by the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) and the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB).

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Is ERM right for your organization?

In the wake of Wall Street’s recent economic upheaval, corporate risk has received unprecedented national exposure, with governance organizations, stock exchanges, the media, ratings, agencies and stakeholders sharpening their focus on enterprise risk management (ERM) and its role within companies today.

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Proactive Recruiting

Always being on the lookout for talent helps ensure your firm will have quicker access to skilled candidates when the need arises.

As more businesses expand their accounting and finance teams to help support growth objectives, many are regretting that they didn’t maintain a pipeline of talent in previous years when they were not in a hiring mode. If they had, they’d likely be able to fill key positions sooner. They’d also have an edge over their competitors in a market where 39 per cent of more employers report they’re encountering challenges recruiting skilled candidates.

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Increasing costs and downward pressure on fees creating the perfect storm for hedge fund industry

Ernst & Young’s most recent annual Global hedge fund and investor survey — the goal of which is to record the views and opinions of hedge funds and hedge fund investors globally, measure the views of each on the same topics and examine the two groups together — finds nearly 60% of hedge fund managers in North America say the cost of business has increased in the past year. However, it also finds there continues to be a disparity between managers’ and investors’ views about what costs should be borne by the fund.

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A new model for outsourcing

For decades, cost savings was the dominant driver behind outsourcing. But sourcing motivations have changed. The traditional outsourcing model – designed to cut costs – is too narrow to accommodate the expanding expectations of business innovators. 

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Audit committees priorities in 2013

In this annual publication, KPMG's Audit Committee Institute (ACI) highlights key issues for audit committees to keep in mind as they consider and carry out their 2013 agendas.

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AcSOC Announces New AcSB Chair

The Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC) has appointed Linda Mezon, CPA, CA, MBA, CPA (MI), CGMA, as the new Chair of the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB), effective July 1, 2013.

Until her appointment as Chair becomes effective, Ms. Mezon is serving as the AcSB Vice-Chair to facilitate the transition. She also previously served as an AcSB member from 2004 to 2012.

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