Understanding IFRS 17

Event Type
EAA Seminar

First day: Thursday, 18th June 2020

Registration: 8.45 am


Second day: Friday, 19th June 2020

Start time: 9.00 am

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Ljubljana, Bratislavska cesta 8, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

After almost 20 years of debates, outreach and Exposure Drafts, the IASB has finally published the new IFRS 17 standard for Insurance Contracts in 2017. The new standard will become effective on 1 January 2022 and will fundamentally change the way insurance companies present their obligations and their financial performance stemming from insurance contracts. Consequently, IFRS 17 has triggered major implementation projects at all insurance and reinsurance companies affected – and no company can afford to waste time!

A strong focus of this seminar lies on the accounting framework in which actuaries operate. It will address the specifics of all relevant insurance lines of business and highlight key conceptual topics and options the standard offers for implementation. It will refer to the transition period as well. The seminar will be useful for both finance and actuarial experts who are involved in IFRS 17 implementation or who are interested in the practical application of this ground-breaking new standard.

The early-bird registration fee is € 840.00 plus 22% VAT for bookings by 18 April 2020. After this date, the fee will be € 990.00 plus 22% VAT.

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The goal of the two-day seminar is to provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the new measurement, presentation and disclosure guidance for insurance contracts. It will cover life, health and non-life business, including the special guidance on direct participating contracts and shorter term non-life contracts and give useful examples.

In the seminar, we will first shed a light on the context of accounting for insurance contracts within the IFRS 17 framework. We will present and discuss the general concepts behind the new model and refer to the application of valuation models like the Variable Fee Approach (VFA) and the Premium Allocation Approach (PAA). The seminar will proceed with a discussion of topics specific to individual lines of business (highlighting topics still under discussion by the TRG and EFRAG), and summarize potential approaches and solutions. It will close with an overview over technical implementation approaches seen in various European markets.

Overall, the goal is to enable participants to understand the standard and help transferring the requirements into your specific situation. It is thus intended to prepare participants for model development, implementation, testing, reviewing and consulting with management, accounting and auditors.

Dr Clemens Frey, Carsten Horst and David Richter
Biographical details

Dr Clemens Frey

Dr Clemens Frey, Actuary DAV, CERA, is Partner of FSO Advisory at Ernst & Young (EY) in Germany. He has 20 years of experience in consulting and the financial services industry. Clemens’ focus is on the transformation towards the application of modern methods of data management and analytics. He supports banks and insurance companies in designing and delivering machine learning and artificial intelligence throughout their whole value chains. This embraces the application of machine learning in customer management, in risk selection, underwriting and pricing, in claims management and actuarial reserving, for example. Prior to this he has led Actuarial Services in audit and advisory contexts, and has gained experience in strategy and transformation projects, mainly concerning M&A and portfolio transfers, IFRS17, Solvency II and risk management. He serves as deputy chair of the General Insurance Committee of the German Association of Actuaries (DAV) and as a member of the Actuarial Data Science Committee as well as the Accounting and Regulation Committee. He currently chairs two Working Groups, one on IAIS’ International Capital Standard and one on Cyber Risk Data and Modeling.

Carsten Horst

Carsten Horst is Director at the Hannover Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH WPG. He is responsible for the Actuarial Services team located in Northern Germany and covers PwC’s IFRS17 activities with focus on the valuation and accounting of direct life and health (re- )insurance business. Carsten has more than 11 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 Solvency II and IFRS. Prior to joining PwC Carsten has been working several years in the Risk & Actuarial practice of KPMG. 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.

David Richter

David Richter is Director within the Actuarial Services Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH WPG focusing on health insurance and actuarial/risk/accounting intersectional topics (e.g. Solvency II, Fast Close and of course IFRS 17). He is currently in charge of several actuarial audits of large international insurance groups, model reviews and IFRS 17 projects. As such, David contributes to the current discussions around IFRS 17 within PwC, in the German Actuarial Association and with clients. Prior to joining PwC, David has been working in the actuarial department of one of the biggest German health insurers. David is member of several actuarial working groups of the German Actuarial Association (DAV), lecturer for DAA and EAA and presented at the ICA 2018.