IFRS 17 Forum

Transitioning from review and analysis to implementation

IFRS 17 Forum 

29 November 2017

Venue: Etc. Venues. Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London, E1 6DQ

Key highlights that will be addressed at our IFRS 17 Forum:


Examining the IFRS 17 standard and variations in interpretation


Understanding how to leverage Solvency II to build efficient systems and limit duplicate effort


Reviewing IFRS 17 timelines and how institutions can prepare for full implementation


Exploring the impacts of IFRS 17 on finance and accounting teams


Examining CSM calculations and the ability to align data practices and approach.


Analysis of areas of concern and uncertainty within IFRS 17 and the possible impacts on the business


Understanding the key considerations when implementing PAA


Comparison of modelling approaches including BBA & PAA


Investigating the possible future consequences of IFRS 17

Hear from 12+ senior accounting and reporting specialists including:

James Orr


Chief Actuary Head of Department

PRA, Bank of England

John Nolan


Head of Technical Accounting

 RSA Insurance

Bernhard Klinger

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Head of Actuarial Development


Andrew Halim

Andrew Halim

Head of Accounting Policy & Control


Anthony Appleton


Chief Actuary, Head of Department, PRA

Financial Reporting Council

David Castleden

David Castleden

Head of Accounting Policy & Advisory

Old Mutual

IFRS 17 Forum | 29 November, 2017

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Darrel Gill, Director, CCH® Tagetik

08:15 Morning coffee, breakfast and registration 08:50 Chair’s opening remarks


09:00 Reviewing the IFRS 17 standard and understanding impacts based on interpretations

  • Overview of the requirements
  • Moving from IFRS 4 to IFRS 17
  • Conducting an early gap analysis
  • Principles based interpretation: management under different scenarios
  • Gaining audit approval
  • Impact on life and non-life insurers

John Nolan, Head of Technical Accounting, RSA Insurance

David Castleden, Head of Accounting Policy and Advisory, Old Mutual

James Orr, Chief Actuary for General Insurance, PRA, Bank of England


09:50 Applying Solvency II lessons learned 

  • IFRS 17 & Solvency II standards; similarities & differences
  • System synergies and achieving efficiency
  • IFRS 17 Project challenges and applying Solvency II project lessons learned

Simon Gates, IFRS 17 UK Lead, Q_Perior

10:30 Morning refreshment break and networking


11:00 Reviewing calculations for CSM and aligning data practices with approach options 

  • Calculating pro ts over life time of a contract
  • New balance under IFRS 17
  • Calculating on individual contracts
  • Obtaining historical data for life insurers
  • Moving across accounting periods
  • Outputs from actuarial models more granular
  • Full retrospective, modi ed retrospective and fair value approach
  • Requirements and benefits of each
  • Configuring systems to capture data
  • Building internally or outsourcing

Nick Walker, Director, EMEIA Insurance, Risk and Actuarial Services, EY


11:40 IFRS 17 – From Data to Journals

  • Key business and accounting events
  • Overview of the data flow
  • Contract journals

Mark Miller, IFRS Global Lead, Legerity Limited

12:20 Lunch break and networking


13:20 Discussing IFRS 17 timelines and institutional preparedness in preparation for full implementation

  • UK programmes compared to other regions
  • Transformative project with IASB
  • Working alongside Solvency II
  • Levels of preparedness in large and smaller insurers
  • Moving from proof of concept to modelling business and performing calculations

Anthony Appleton, Director, Accounting and Reporting, Financial Reporting Council

Varun Verma, Head of Solvency II Reporting, AIG

David Castleden, Head of Accounting Policy and Advisory, Old Mutual


14:10 Key considerations when implementing the Premium Allocation Approach

  • Assessment of eligibility
  • Granularity
  • Onerous contracts
  • Treatment of acquisition costs
  • Reinsurance
  • Presentation & disclosure

Bernhard Klinger, Head of Actuarial Development, Bupa


14:50 Analysis and comparison of building block and premium allocation approach

  • Comparison of each approach
  • Eligibility for the premium allocation approach
  • Considerations for general insurers vs life insurers
  • Industry best practice

Andrew Halim, Head of Accounting Policy & Control, Hiscox

Bernhard Klinger, Head of Actuarial Development, Bupa

15:40 Afternoon refreshment break & networking


16:10 Reviewing implications for finance and accounting teams and complexity of IFRS 17

  • Discount rates risk adjustment
  • Impact on financial balance sheet
  • Complex accounting at contract level
  • Implementation from accounting and business

James Orr, Chief Actuary for General Insurance, PRA, Bank of England


16:50 Reviewing potential unintended consequences of IFRS 17 and impact on new business streams

  • US GAAP impact on trading
  • Encouraging risky behaviour for short term view
  • Making decision based on impact to IFRS 17 numbers
  • Increased volatility in market and profit
  • Understanding end state vision post IFRS 17 implementation

Russell Lee, Head of Client Solutions, Pension Risk Transfer, Legal and General

Varun Verma, Head of Solvency II Reporting, AIG

Alwin Swales, IFRS 17 Consulting Lead Partner, PwC

17:40 Chair’s closing remarks

End of Forum

Anthony Appleton, Director, Accounting and Reporting, Financial Reporting Council

Anthony Appleton is the Director of Accounting and Reporting Policy at the FRC and a member of its senior leadership group. He is responsible for developing the FRC’s policy in respect of accounting and reporting. This includes monitoring, influencing and contributing to European and international developments and is a member of the EFRAG Technical Expert Group. He is also responsible for leading the development of UK GAAP and narrative reporting guidance and was, prior to joining the FRC in his current position, a non-executive member of the FRC’s Accounting Council.

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Matt Benaron, IFRS 17 UK Lead, CCH® Tagetik

Matt Benaron is a Senior Consultant with CCH® Tagetik and leads the IFRS 17 UK Practise. Matt has recently led CCH® Tagetik’s UK Solvency II Practise, managing finance transformation projects, implementing Pillar I, II and III solutions for over 25 UK & European insurance firms, and supporting the 100% SII compliancy record CCH® Tagetik and clients hold. In addition to CCH® Tagetik, Matt has experience implementing Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP solutions, having worked on a number of technology transformation projects, predominately within Financial Services.

Ben Canagaretna, Group Chief Actuary, Barbican Insurance

Ben is group chief actuary and joined Barbican in June 2009. Ben leads the actuarial and exposure management departments within Barbican and brings high levels of systems, processes and data management expertise to the role. Ben began his career in 2001 at PriceWaterHouseCoopers in the pension consultancy area providing services to a number of FTSE 250 companies. He moved into the insurance industry in 2004, joining the actuarial team at Whittington. Ben then became casualty divisional actuary at Liberty Syndicates with sole responsibility for actuarial output for the casualty division.

David Castleden
David Castleden, Head of Accounting Policy & Advisory, Old Mutual

David is he Head of Accounting Policy and Advisory for Old Mutual plc, a FTSE 100 company with interests in insurance, banking and asset management. He has over 15 years of experience in consulting and advising on International Financial Reporting Standards. In recent years he has been involved in the development of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts. He is a qualified Charted Accountant from South Africa.

Simon Gates, Executive Advisor, Q_Perior

Andrew Halim
Andrew Halim, Head of Accounting Policy & Control, Hiscox

Andrew has more than 14 years’ experience in financial accounting in financial services. He is the Head of Accounting Policy and Control at Hiscox Group, responsible for development and maintenance of group-wide accounting policy and leading the implementation of new accounting standards including IFRS 17. Prior to this role, Andrew held worked in a similar capacity at Aviva and prior to that role worked for ten years as a consultant with EY. He advised and managed projects for large European (re)insurers, banks and asset managers on financial accounting, economic capital, auditability and M&A transactions.

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Bernhard Klinger, Head of Actuarial Development, Bupa

Bernhard is the actuarial lead on Bupa’s IFRS 17 implementation project. Bernhard has over 15 years of experience in the development of financial models and supporting regulatory change projects. Most recently, Bernhard lead the implementation of Solvency II models and reporting at Bupa. Before joining Bupa, Bernhard worked for Swiss Re as a risk manager and for HSBC in various senior actuarial roles. Bernhard is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Russell Lee
Russell Lee, Head of Client Solutions, Pension Risk Transfer, Legal & General

Russell leads the client solutions team within Legal & General’s retirement division. He interacts with insurers, companies, and pension scheme trustees who wish to remove or reduce pension risk from their balance sheets. His team deals with both special situations and also new product innovation. He has to ensure that for each deal client needs are met, but also that the financial metrics meet internal thresholds. The IFRS profit signature is an important part of these considerations. Russell has a broad background in structured finance, investment consulting, capital optimisation, banking and quantitative modelling. Since joining Legal & General in 2015, Russell has been involved in a number of landmark transactions including the acquisition of a £3 billion annuity portfolio from Aegon.

Mark Miller, IFRS  Global Lead, Legerity

Mark is a qualified accountant (ACA) with over 20 years of experience of finance change programs. Mark initially trained with PwC in the insurance practice. He has been involved in multiple accounting and IFRS implementations and is the global lead at Legerity for IFRS 9, 15, 16 and 17 programs.

John Nolan, Head of Technical Accounting, RSA Insurance Group plc

John Nolan, Head of Group Technical Accounting at RSA Insurance Group plc. John worked in practice in audit before joining RSA in Liverpool in 2004 where he progressed from UK financial reporting manager to his current Group Technical role. John represents RSA on the Financial Reporting Committees of the 100 Group and the ABI as well as chairing the ICAEW National Technical Committee and is a member of the ICAEW Technical Strategy Board. He is actively involved with the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants and was recently its President.

James Orr, Chief Actuary – Head of Department, PRA, Bank of England

James Orr is the Chief Actuary for General Insurance at the Prudential Regulation Authority, part of the Bank of England Group. He is also the Head of Department for the General Insurance Risk Specialists within the PRA. James’ department is focussed on reviewing firms’ capital requirements and provisioning under the new Solvency II regime. His career has included working for Lloyd’s of London, time as a GI consultant, and five years with the PRA’s predecessor organisation, the Financial Services Authority.

Alwin Swales, IFRS 17 Consulting Lead Partner, PwC

With over 20 years’ finance transformation experience in the insurance sector, amongst others, Alwin is PwC’s IFRS 17 consulting lead partner. Prior to this he was a finance partner in PwC’s Insurance and Investment Management practice where he focused on finance transformation (especially with technology enabled transformation, EPM). Alwin was also UK consulting lead partner on Solvency II Pillar 3 reporting and, before that, PwC’s lead partner on the Insurance CFO Forum ICT Working Group.

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Varun Verma, Head of Solvency II Reporting, AIG

Varun Verma currently heads up Solvency II team for Europe and Israel. Primary responsibility for the team is to ensure quarterly and annual Solvency II EBS, SF-SCR and Pillar 3 reporting is in line with internal and external stakeholder expectations. Varun set up Solvency II team in 2014 that engineered and deployed leading methodologies, tools and processes to meet accelerated reporting requirements in an automated fashion. Varun joined AIG in 2012 as Head of Technical Accounting for then Europe, Middle East and Africa region where he set up a team to deliver technical accounting advisory on compliance and growth initiatives. Prior to joining AIG, Varun was Director  & Controller at American Express where he devised the strategy to standardise, optimise and offshore complex GAAP and local statutory/IFRS processes. He has previously held positions at corporate, Regional and Country level with leading Insurance, Financial Services and professional services firms in the UK, US, Spain and Canada. Varun is a UK qualified Fellow Certified Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Cardiff University.

Nick Walker
Nick Walker, Director, EMEIA Insurance, Risk and Actuarial Services, EY

Nick is a director within EY’s European Actuarial Services team, based in London. He focuses on financial reporting, and has followed the development of IFRS 17 for several years now. Nick has assisted clients on a number of IFRS 17 financial and operational impact assessments, and he leads the EY UK Life IFRS 17 ‘field of expertise’ team. Nick has been with EY for 14 years and during that time has also performed a variety of other work including transactions, Solvency II implementation reviews, and external & internal audits. Prior to joining EY Nick worked in Aviva’s group actuarial function where he was responsible for the world-wide life achieved profits (EV) reporting, for both external shareholder reporting and internal MI.


Etc. Venues Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London, E1 6DQ

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13th October 2017

IFRS 17 implications for finance and accounting teams

By James Orr, Chief Actuary, Head of Department, PRA, Bank of England.
9th October 2017

IFRS 17: Preparation for full implementation

By Anthony Appleton, the Director of Accounting and Reporting at the Financial Reporting Council.
9th October 2017

Discussing IFRS 17 timelines and institutional preparedness

By David Castleden, Head of Accounting Policy and Advisory at Old Mutual.
13th September 2017

A lawyer talks accounting: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 17

13th September 2017

Overcoming the ambiguity of IFRS 17

11th January 2017

EU eyes Solvency II cut that would push up life insurance costs

11th January 2017

How will Brexit impact the insurance market?

11th January 2017

The future of Solvency II in a post-Brexit Britain

31st October 2016

Pension funds and insurers at risk from low interest rates, says IMF

26th October 2016

EU insurance regulator eyes changes to Solvency II

14th October 2016

Solvency II and capital efficiency. A basic problem and its solution. Today

5th October 2016

Assessing the continuing impact of low interest rate environment and ensuring profitability in the future

5th October 2016

Are you ready for new data protection laws?

4th October 2016

Ethical use of data sources, privacy and risk

4th October 2016

Emerging risks across the insurance industry: When to move from emerging risk to take action

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