23 May 2023
How to Read the New IFRS Balance Sheet for Insurers
In 2017, after more than two decades of debates, outreach and Exposure Drafts, the IASB finally published the new IFRS 17 standard for Insurance Contracts. Following additional years of further debates on several actuarial and accounting-related aspects the new standard will become effective on 1st January 2023 and fundamentally change the way on how many insurance companies will have to present their obligations and their financial performance stemming from insurance contracts.
As evolving experience shows, actuaries will play a key role in that new reporting regime: The standard will require many fundamental decisions, which will determine the reporting of the amount and profile of IFRS results for years to come. Actuaries will need to understand the corresponding consequences for reporting and to be able to explain it to their top-management. They will also play a key role in the preparation of landmark decisions and will need to closely collaborate and communicate with other functions, i.e. the accounting function.
Accordingly, a strong focus of this web session is to assist actuaries to better understand the new key reporting requirements of IFRS 17, in particular regarding the new IFRS balance sheet and statement(s) of financial performance (Profit and Loss as well as Other Comprehensive Income). The web session will be useful for both finance and actuarial experts involved in IFRS 17 implementation or simply interested in the practical application of this ground-breaking new standard.
This web session is suited for all individuals interested or involved in financial reporting according to IFRS, such as actuaries (or specialised accountants and controllers with a quantitative background) involved in valuation, controlling, auditing and consulting.
Participants are expected to have general accounting and actuarial knowledge.
Technical RequirementsPlease check with your IT department if your firewall and computer settings support web session participation (the programme Zoom will be used for this online training). Please also make sure that you are joining the web session with a stable internet connection.
Purpose and Nature
The goal of this three-hour web session is to provide participants with a comprehensive introduction on the new IFRS reporting requirements for insurance contracts after go-live of IFRS 17. Focus will be the illustration of the new reporting requirements of IFRS 17 to “demystify” the new presentation requirements on the IFRS balance sheet and the statement(s) of financial performance (Profit and Loss as well as Other Comprehensive Income). The web session will also briefly compare key aspects of the new reporting requirements to today’s IFRS 4-reporting practice, contain a brief summary of the main information which can be found within the new IFRS 17 reporting and cover the different aspects for primary and reinsurance related business.
Overall, the goal is to enable participants to understand the IFRS 17 reporting and help transferring the reporting requirements into the specific situation of the participant. It is thus intended to prepare participants for implementation, testing, reviewing and consulting with management, accounting and auditors.
Carsten HorstCarsten is Partner within the Actuarial Services Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH WPG. He is responsible for the Actuarial Services team located in Northern Germany, the life insurance related topics and PwC Germany’s IFRS17 actuarial activities with focus on valuation and accounting of all (re-)insurance business. Carsten has more than 15 years of experience in consulting and audit. Topic-wise his focus lies on primary life insurance as well as on life and health (re-)insurance, risk management and regulatory topics in this area. Recently his consulting activities are mainly focussing on finance transformation topics around IFRS and Solvency II. Carsten is a qualified Actuary DAV. He is a member of the IFRS working group of the DAV and responsible for several PwC engagements regarding the implementation of IFRS 17.
Lars OehlmannLars is a Manager within the Actuarial Services Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH WPG focusing on topics regarding the valuation and accounting of life insurance business. He has six years of experience working in consulting and audit projects, including several large globally operating insurance groups. Lars is a qualified Actuary DAV and has extensive IFRS 17 experience due to ongoing IFRS 17 implementation projects and proactive assurance engagements. In addition he is engaged in several actuarial audits of large global insurance groups as well as in consulting projects regarding actuarial models and actuarial review.