Broker-Dealer Accounting Virtual Conference

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Broker-Dealer Accounting Virtual Conference

CPE Credit: 8 Hours

Price: $499.00

NASBA Field of Study: Accounting



This is the one Virtual Conference where you'll hear directly from FINRA, CFTC and PCAOB regulators on their latest initiatives and key priorities. Discover how these decisions may influence your company’s practices and bottom line, get critical updates on regulatory, accounting and auditing issues, and keep up with recent developments, such as the use of cryptoassets, and the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Through our comprehensive agenda and immersive online platform, you’ll gain expert guidance and real-world strategies from current and former regulators, Big 4 leaders and other industry specialists on implementing the latest accounting standards, dealing with regulators, mitigating risks, and more.


•  Technical Accounting Update

•  Regulatory Trends, Industry Initiatives & Challenges

•  PCAOB Update

•  Accounting for & Auditing of Digital Assets

•  Comments from the CFTC

•  SEC Enforcement Issues

•  Cybersecurity & Ransomware


LEARNING OBJECTIVE  To update financial professionals working for broker-dealers on the latest rules and regulations from the SEC,
PCAOB and FASB, and show them the best ways to handle these rules.

DELIVERY METHOD  Group Internet-Based.


This Conference is also avaliable as a Self-Study Program
Broker Dealer Accounting Conference Self-Study (11 Hours)



Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:00 AM

Technical Accounting Update
 – 10:00 AM
More than ever, Broker-Dealer firms must be aware of the latest changes to technical accounting. Many new standards became effective for year-end Public Business Entities. This session will catch you up on everything you need to know, as well as relevant active projects, including:
• New Standards for Public Business Entities
• Reference Rate Reform
• Equity Securities, Equity Method & Derivatives

• Simplifying Accounting for Income Taxes
Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs)
   – Franchisors
   – Intangibles
   – Leases
   – Financial Statement Presentations

   – Stock Compensation
   – Business Combinations
   – Highlights on the Technical Agenda

10:00 – 10:05 AM

Regulatory Trends, Industry Initiatives & Challenges
 – 11:20 AM
Broker-Dealer firms continue to be challenged by regulatory, accounting and auditing issues. This session will provide insights into the changes and evolution of the market, as well as FINRA priorities, and new regulatory guidance. Topics to be discussed include:
Recent Regulatory Guidance
   – Redesigned eFOCUS System and SEC Swap Reporting Requirements
   – SEC's filing extension for smaller Broker-Dealers
   – Custody of digital asset securities
   – ATS role in the settlement of digital asset security trades
   – Remaining impact of COVID relief programs
   – Exemption reporting
   – Non-covered firms (Footnote 74)

• Risk Monitoring & Examination Observations
• Questions in Regards to FINRA
• Key Topics

11:20 – 11:25 AM

PCAOB Update
11:25 AM – 12:25 PM

This session will focus on updates to the Inspection Program as they relate to Broker-Dealer firms, including significant changes in terms of international outreach and staffing. We'll look at:
• Overview of the 4020T Report

  – Changes in presentation
  – Financial statement audit areas
• Inspection Results & Status

• Good Practices
  – Revenue

12:25 – 1:10 PM

Accounting for & Auditing of Digital Assets
1:10 – 2:10 PM

The FASB has yet to release an accounting standard dealing with digital assets. As a consequence, financial professionals are struggling to understand the accounting and auditing issues related to important new technologies such as cryptography and blockchain, much less prepare for the challenges inherent in them. In this session, an expert will address:
• Classifying Crypto Asset Purchases
• Digital Assets as Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets
• Third Party Services
• Recognizing Broker-Dealer-Specific Digital Assets

• Fair Value Measurement
• Risk Assessment, Processes & Controls
• Laws & Regulations

2:10 – 2:15 PM

Comments from the CFTC   
2:15 – 3:00 PM
Regulators from the CFTC will update you on the latest hot button issues and the most effective ways to handle them.

3:00 – 3:05 PM

SEC Enforcement Issues
3:05 – 4:05 PM

With the hiring of a new Chairman, the SEC has undergone significant changes, taking a more aggressive stance on enforcement issues. Using recent examples, this session will give you a solid understanding of how these changes are expected to impact Broker-Dealer firms, with a look at:
Transitioning to New Leadership

Working with Law Enforcement & SROs
Recent Cases of Interest & Their Impact
Areas of Focus
Crypto Assets

4:05 – 4:10 PM

Cybersecurity & Ransomware
4:10 – 5:15 PM
Cyber threats are on the rise, and the importance of understanding and identifying them--as well as implementing effective security and management measures--will be the focus of this session. Specifically, we will cover:
• The Threat Environment

• Current Top Cyber Risk Management Trends
• Balancing Compliance & Security
• Challenges to Managing Risk
• Assessing Cyber Risk Management Program Maturity

Conference Ends
5:15 PM




Benjamin Castelli, FSO Assurance Senior Manager, EY

Michael Gonzales, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Bobbi Gwinn, Professional Practice Director, BDO

John Iacobellis, Assurance Partner, BDO

Tyler Kane, Director, Office of Financial & Operational Risk Policy, FINRA

Bob Lehman, Partner, Lehman & Eilen LLP

Taylor McFarland, Former Inspections Specialist, PCAOB, Professional Practice Director, Audit Quality, BDO

Kathryn Mahoney, Senior Director, Financial & Operational Risk Policy, FINRA

Adam Nava, Partner, Citrin Cooperman

Gerald Nudge, Associate Director, Branch Chief – Eastern Region, CFTC

Gregory Schu, Partner, BDO USA, LLP

Justin Sutherland, Enforcement Accountant, SEC

Anthony Vinci, Director, Financial and Operational Risk Policy, FINRA

Mike Walters, Associate Director, PCAOB

Keith Zielenski, Managing Director, Protiviti


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