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IFRS 17 Conference Takeaways

insurance contracts

The introduction of IFRS 17 is one of the largest regulatory shocks to the insurance industry in the past decade. At heart, the accounting standard attempts to combine traditional reporting with forward-looking actuarial calculations.

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Global optimization

As trailblazers of growth, many Asian Tigers’s corporate treasuries have had to grow and learn to react to business complexities and changes in their environments very quickly. Over the past decades, many of these treasuries have been able to rapidly develop their levels of maturity and integration in a relatively short time during recent periods of economic growth and prosperity. In recent years, however, a number of drivers have caused treasurers in the region to adopt a more strategic role – such as the increased volatility in both the financial and commodity markets, the legacy of the global financial crisis, regulatory changes and new innovative business models. Even within Asia, priorities may differ according to the level of treasury maturity of a particular country. For example, treasuries in Singapore or Hong Kong tend to be mature and highly integrated with their business, because they have experienced international growth for a longer period.

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Hardware remains a hard value

Take a moment to look at your smartphone. It has played an irreversible role in globalization. Remember that this device was only invented twelve years ago. Just a few years after its introduction, it is already a commodity. An expensive one: it is apparently that essential. This speed of change is our new reality and it won’t slow down. This comprehensively frightens people – just google ‘Teller curve’.

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An interactive view on sanction screening challenges

In April 2019, Zanders has organized a breakfast session on sanction screening. We were happy to welcome over 20 professionals from a variety of multinational corporates who actively shared their experiences with sanction screenings. Several aspects of the process and related issues were discussed.

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The Finance and Risk Integration Challenge for Banks

Today’s financial institutions face a highly structured work culture and a seemingly never-ending barrage of new regulations such as Basel III and accounting standards such as IFRS 17.

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