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A new report details how XBRL can drive digital corporate reporting and realize the full benefits of the European Single Electronic Format (ESEF) regulation.
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Apart from the marriage of the two words “finance” and “technology”, what does FinTech really entail? To many, it is still an insurmountable task to look beyond the word and scope out elements that would succinctly define FinTech.
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Deal duration times fell by an astonishing 17.6 percent to a 6.1 month average in 2017 from 7.4 months in 2014. We help you try to understand why in this blog post.
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The IFRS Foundation’s “Using the IFRS Taxonomy – A Preparer’s Guide” is a must read for any company submitting XBRL to the SEC for the first time in 2018.
Right now, one technology stands out as the innovation which is likely to be the “elephant in the room” when it comes to upending accounting, financial reporting and the audit profession: Blockchain.
Hans Hoogervorst, chair of International Accounting Standards Board, says IFRS XBRL Taxonomy is a key component in the IASB’s "Better Communications" initiative aimed at bringing better clarity to financial reports. The end goal is to ensure companies can communicate a clear, consistent and objective story to investors through their financial statements.
A compendium of highlights and observations from the week’s notable M&A news, compiled by Merrill Corporation. Merrill facilitates the sharing and disclosure of financial information in transactions such as these with leading virtual data room.
A spate of potential big M&A transactions – possibly including the largest one ever in the technology sector – could help 2017 finish on a high note.
Wrap of 3Q 2017 trends/outlooks for M&A based on earnings call commentary from large and middle market investment banks.
The SEC’s future direction under new Chair Jay Clayton is still unfolding. New leadership in Washington is focused on streamlining regulation. In Congressional testimony and speeches, Clayton made it clear he wants to improve the opportunities for companies to raise capital while still protecting investors.
SEC IFRS filers should be aware of the proposed Shared Reporting Taxonomy (SRT) for the upcoming mandated SEC XBRL filings, starting with financial periods ending on or after December 15, 2017.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for October 20, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Germany’s Hochtief Bids for Abertis, Airbus-Bombardier Pact Rankles Boeing, Nordstrom Pauses on Go-Private Plan, and more.
Merrill Corporation has the pleasure to welcome Bartek Czajka, the previous IFRS Taxonomy leader at the IFRS Foundation, to its industry-leading team of experts. He joins Merrill to provide IFRS companies with an unprecedented level of XBRL expertise – the crucial expertise needed to confidently move forward with SEC XBRL filings.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for October 13, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Express Scripts Buying eviCore, , Honeywell Plans to Spin Off Home, Transportation Businesses, Belgium’s Bpost Purchases Logistics Firm Radialand and more.
The SEC is increasingly using structured data to assess risk and detect potential fraud.
There is no audit requirement for XBRL tagged financial statements filed with the SEC. Is it a problem to have no independent assurance on company-provided financial information that’s being used for analysis and investment purposes?
Disruption brought on by rapid changes in technology will keep the merger and acquisition wheels rolling. That is one of the clear expectations emanating from Merrill Corporation’s recent webinar, Executing Effective M&A: Opportunities in Technology.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for October 6, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Office Depot "Pivoting" with CompuCom purchase, Wal-mart snags logistics tech start-up, Nordstrom go-private deal and more.
As geopolitical uncertainty continues into Q3 of 2017, dealmakers continue to pursue acquisitions, but with caution. This cautious approach is seeing dealmakers pursue fewer deals, which is resulting in higher values.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 29, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; GE selling industrial solutions business, Denmark’s billion dollar buyout by PE, Siemen’s/Alstom merger and more.
Technological change continues to transform the business landscape at a rapid pace, making it difficult for enterprises to nimbly respond with new products or solutions. In this environment, mergers and acquisitions remain a key avenue for innovation.
Mike Willis is the Assistant Director in the SEC’s Office of Structured Disclosure (OSD). Among other things, the OSD works on the design and implementation of technological processes and tools that support the SEC’s use of structured data, such as XBRL-tagged financial information.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 22, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Another Aerospace deal for Northrup Grumman, Toshiba decides on memory chip sale, Sprintand T-mobile speculation and more.
The SEC is undergoing a crucial period of transition under Chair Jay Clayton, who was appointed by President Trump earlier this year. Unlike the previous chair, Mary Jo White, who is a former prosecutor and litigator, Mr. Clayton is a transactional lawyer. He is expected to focus more on improving the capital markets than on enforcement.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 15, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Contest for Toshiba Memory Chip Business Heats Up, Contest for Toshiba Memory Chip Business Heats Up, Alphabet Mulling Investment in Lyft and more.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 8, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; United Technologies Cinches Rockwell Collins Deal, Tronc Buys New York Daily News, Schneider Electric to Take Control of Aveva Group and more.
Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 1, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Gilead to Buy Kite Pharma for Nearly $12 Billion, United Technologies Near Deal to Acquire Rockwell Collins, Uber's new CEO and more.
A compendium of highlights and observations from the week’s notable M&A news, compiled by Merrill Corporation which facilitates the sharing and disclosure of financial information in transactions such as these.
There are iconic locations where major mergers and acquisitions are forged -- think New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. Merrill Corporation supports its clients from these and other locations internationally.
After a year in which regulatory hurdles played a role in the highest volume of deal withdrawals since the financial crisis, changes in Washington spurred expectations for a sharp 2017 pickup in mergers and acquisitions. But a handful of deal setbacks this year raises questions.
The quarterly consensus from executives at the world’s largest investment banks – and some smaller ones, too – is that the deal environment is “healthy,” if unspectacular in comparison to the previous two years, though a murkier timetable on expected tax reform and other policies could lurk as a potential drag.
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The July issue of Dimensions featured an interview with Emil Efthimides, the regulatory monitor for the Global Data division at Bloomberg LP. He oversees the collection and delivery of financial-statement data for use by investors and financial analysts.
Scalability. Agility. Speed. These are all the buzzwords we hear around technology and platform development these days – and you certainly hear them in the hallways and Skype conversations across Merrill’s global operations. But they are more than just words here, they have become the way we do business.
From retailer system hacks and cars that can be manipulated remotely to the internal systems of some of the biggest technology providers in the world, cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics for just about anyone who operates machinery, uses phones or turns on a computer. It was also the theme of a discussion I recently had with Mary Ellen Callahan, partner, Jenner & Block and former chief privacy officer of the US Department of Homeland Security, at the ACG InterGrowth conference on April 25.
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The flow of new High Yield bonds in 2016 didn’t come as a steady stream...
It started off quite slow with Asian and oil worries still impeding the markets. New issuance only started to gain momentum around April and May. There was the usual break for the summer, enhanced by the fear around Brexit, and then another peak in September before issuance fizzling out in the build up to the US elections.
Merrill recently hosted a webinar on some of the latest ways XBRL is transforming how financial information is consumed, featuring Alexandra Ledbetter of the SEC Office of the Investor Advocate and Emily Huang, president of idaciti, as well as Lou Rohman. Learn more about this informative webinar.
After significant consultation and feedback, a conclusion was finally reached; public companies in the European Union will be required to submit digital annual financial reports using eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) – specifically the Inline XBRL format.
Does your organization’s or Insider's EDGAR Company Profile include an up-to-date email address? If not, you could be in for a big hassle that could keep you from filing on time.
A new feature is coming to SEC XBRL. It’s called “typed dimensions”. The SEC updated its EDGAR Filer Manual on December 12, 2016, to allow for this new feature, stating that “filers will be able to provide typed dimensions defined in standard taxonomies in all XBRL submissions.
I saw technology intersect several times with the SEC filers that use IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) during the 2016 Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments on December 5-7 in Washington DC. But despite this, SEC IFRS filers still aren’t required to submit financial statements using XBRL, a technology format that provides tagged financial data, allowing software to efficiently consume the data.
I’m excited to say that the XBRL US Data Quality Committee (DQC) officially published its second set of approved rules and guidance on XBRL tagging for SEC filings. Filers should begin using these new rules by the beginning of 2017 to help identify and correct errors in their filings. As vice chair of the DQC, I know the incredible amount of work and expertise that went into these new rules—and I believe they’re a significant step forward in improving data quality across the board.
The SEC recently released guidance on the new Pay Ratio Requirement which serves as a timely reminder to all public companies: With the January 1, 2017 compliance deadline fast approaching, it’s time to make sure you understand the new requirements—and that you’re prepared to determine and disclose them.
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Dr Paul Furey gave an excellent interactive talk on developing our communication skills, asking guests to share their experiences and offering solutions and suggestions. Everyone had some great take away piece of advice and if they’re anything like us, we’re sure they’ve been trying them out ever since.
In 2014, the SEC adopted Regulation AB II which aims to bring greater transparency to the asset-backed securities (ABS) market and prevent the surprises that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. ABS filers directly impacted by the change — which requires asset information to be submitted in a structured data format on Form ABS-EE — are likely well aware.
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"When?" is the question. When will the SEC require XBRL-formatted financial statements from companies that prepare their financials in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)? My expectation is sooner rather than later.
A few weeks ago, FASB released the proposed 2017 US GAAP Taxonomy. On October 4, I attended a webinar where the FASB taxonomy team delved into some of the notable changes in the 2017 Taxonomy.
The gap between software and the human brain gets smaller every year. Smart virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri think like we do (and maybe better), and self-driving cars are now on our roads (probably driving better than most of us). But here’s one area where software can’t fully replace a knowledgeable human: catching every potential error in your company’s XBRL filings. There are still a wide range of very common errors and other issues that cannot be detected by error-checking software.
I get this question at least once a week, and people have been asking me (and asking others) for the past seven years. For the first few years after the 2009 SEC mandate, my answer was “I’m not sure.” But when you consider the timing, it wasn’t until 2013 that all companies that are required to file had submitted four quarters of filings with detailed footnote information tagged.
Did you know that bot, fro-yo and glamping are now — officially — words? The Oxford English Dictionary adds new words every year, and I’ll forgive you for not keeping up with all of them. I’ll also forgive you for not knowing all of the 3,399 tags that underwent changes in the 2016 U.S. GAAP Taxonomy.
I’ve eagerly read the many comment letters from my peers in response to the SEC’s Concept Release on Regulation S-K. They’re filled with great feedback, new ideas and important concerns. Few of these responses have been as pointed as the one issued by the Data Coalition.
When I talk about financial reporting with executives and management at smaller companies, I usually hear some variation of, “It’s a complicated process. Despite years of experience, catching every error can be challenging and time-consuming.” But here’s one of the most interesting parts of the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) recent focus on reporting quality issues among AIM-quoted companies: the FRC says most companies have the resources and expertise on-hand; they’re just not making the most of them.
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The CFA Institute confronted the topic of data and technology in financial reporting in a recent paper. The paper’s vision for the future focuses on a broader and deeper use of structured data. The paper suggests that investors are hungry for more financial data in a structured format. The current XBRL requirements apparently have only whet the investors’ appetites.
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Improving reporting quality doesn’t require you to invest more time. But it does pay to make an investment — in better technology. New reporting solutions can not only help you reduce the reporting burden you’re already feeling.
Saying the opposite of what was meant to be said usually creates a lot of confusion. That's the case for SEC XBRL filings in which a company erroneously enters a negative amount in the XBRL file when it should be a positive amount. The company is saying the exact opposite of what was meant to be said.
The UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has been examining and analysing reporting quality issues in AIM-quoted and other smaller companies.
In an open letter to the SEC from a small-but-hot new tech startup, idaciti, calls out antiquated SEC disclosure requirements and issues a call to action for better data quality. Learn more about the message.
Some of the questions posed in the concept release of Regulation S-K could produce revolutionary changes that significantly improve the consumption of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosures.
Filers increasingly create custom axis tags when applicable standard axis tags already exist in the US GAAP Taxonomy. It hurts overall data quality, and now the SEC is taking notice.
The XBRL-US Data Quality Committee today revealed its second set of validation rules and guidance for SEC filers, inviting public comment on the proposed rules.
Some organizations still aren’t using this error-checking tool — and continue to submit filings riddled with common, easily fixable errors. Find out how you can take advantage.
Just as SEC filers are beginning to gain familiarity with the XBRL world, there’s a new data format making headlines: Inline XBRL, or iXBRL. Find out what you need to know about Inline XBRL and what’s coming.
With more than 15,000 XBRL tags, it can be difficult to avoid errors. Learn about the common tagging errors and how you can make easy fixes now.
XBRL errors dropped more than 64% since release of DQC rules. See how you can take your XBRL data quality to the next level.
The SEC’s new crowdfunding rules went into effect, allowing companies to offer and sell securities to the investing public via crowdfunding portals. Learn how XBRL tagging could play a key role.
Get a clear perspective on how XBRL changes impact your organization, definitive guidance on navigating XBRL challenges, and valuable insight into where XBRL is heading.
What defines high-quality XBRL data? Understanding the factors that drive data quality, and recognizing high- or low-quality data, is a growing necessity for both filers and consumers of XBRL data.
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