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27/28 Apr 2017 in Stockholm

Understanding IFRS 17

After almost 20 years of debates, outreach and Exposure Drafts, the IASB has finally come to agree on a Standard for Insurance Contracts. The new Standard – IFRS 17 (previously referred to as “IFRS 4, Phase II”) – will become effective as early as 1.1.2021 and will fundamentally change the way insurance companies present their obligations and their financial performance stemming from insurance contracts. Consequently, IFRS 17 will trigger major implementation projects at all companies affected – and no company can afford to waste time!

Actuaries will play a key role in implementing the new guidance: First, the standard will require many fundamental decisions, which will determine the amount and profile of IFRS results for years to come. Actuaries will be key to prepare and explain these decisions. Later, complex measurement models will need to be developed, and the output of the models will need to be explained and integrated in the financial reporting processes. Communication with accounting functions will become more intense and more complex – as will be the modelled output.

Organised by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH in cooperation with the Svenska Aktuarieföreningen.


This seminar is suited for all interested individuals involved in financial reporting according to IFRS, such as actuaries (or specified accountants, controllers) involved in valuation, controlling, auditing and consulting. Participants are expected to have general accounting knowledge and a general understanding of IFRS Financial Statements. 

During this seminar, you will not need your laptop.

Purpose and Nature

The goal of the 2-day seminar is to provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the new measurement, presentation and disclosure guidance for insurance contracts. It will cover life and non-life business, including the special guidance on direct participating contracts.

In the seminar, we will first shed a light on the context of accounting for insurance contracts within the IFRS framework and discuss the concepts behind the new model. Main part of the seminar is a comprehensive discussion of the actual guidance.

Overall, the goal is to enable participants to competently interpret the standard and thus prepare for both model development and consultation with management, accounting and auditors.


The language of the seminar will be English.


Stephan Otzen
Stephan Otzen is founder and Managing Partner of Wort & Zahl Unternehmensberatung GmbH, a Hamburg (Germany) based actuarial consulting firm focussed on actuarial accounting and valuation. Stephan has more than 15 years of experience with implementing and auditing of new accounting standards. He began his career at a Big 4 Audit Firm, where he supported various insurance groups with implementing IFRS. Since 2010, he is working as an independent consultant; among his major projects was an IFRS 4, Phase II impact study for a composite insurance group. He has held numerous internal workshops on the topic for both Board / Executive Management level and practitioners on a hands-on basis – including two highly rated IFRS 17 seminars for the EAA in 2016. Stephan is a member of the Accounting Group of the Association of Swiss Actuaries (SAV) and member of the IFRS Working Group for health insurance of the German Actuarial Association (DAV). He has held various public presentations on IFRS 4, Phase II on actuarial conferences. He also advised senior staff in a regulatory body regarding the financial statements of insurance companies.

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Venue & Accommodation

The seminar will take place at the hotel

First Hotel Norrtull
S:t Eriksgatan 119
113 43 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 300350
Hotel website

We have arranged special prices for accommodation. The rate is 130 EUR / 1.326 SEK per night including breakfast, VAT and WIFI. It is valid for bookings by 12 April 2017 out of our allotment “EAA Seminar”. Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel. Kindly book early, as our allotment includes a limited number of rooms, and note the hotel's cancellation policy.