Understanding IFRS 17

Event Type


Monday, 19 October 2020:

Start time: 8.45 am

End time: 5.30 pm

Dinner: 7.00 pm


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Start time: 9.00 am

End time: 3.15 pm


Hotel Camden Court, Camden Street, Dublin 2

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!

Actuaries will play a key role in implementing the new guidance: First, the standard will require many fundamental decisions, which will determine the amount and profile of IFRS results for years to come. Actuaries will need to explain the decisions, as well as their impact on the valuation and corresponding consequences on the financial statements, to their top-management and therefore be key to the preparation of landmark decisions.

Complex measurement models will need to be developed, starting with prototypes providing a starting point for an impact analysis and then gradually developed into audit proof applications. The output of these models will need to be integrated in the financial reporting processes under fast-close requirements. Close collaboration and communication with accounting functions will become more intense and more complex – as will be the modelled output. 
Accordingly, 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 simply interested in the practical application of this ground-breaking new standard.

This seminar is suited for all individuals interested or involved in financial reporting according to IFRS, such as actuaries (or specialised accountants and controllers with a quantitative background) involved in valuation, controlling, auditing and consulting.

Participants are expected to have general accounting and actuarial knowledge and a general understanding of IFRS Financial Statements, in particular with respect to the Statement of Comprehensive Income and its components. During this seminar, you will not need your laptop.

Early-bird registration fee: € 840.00 plus 23% VAT for registrations by 19 August 2020.  After this date, the fee will be € 990.00 plus 23% VAT.

Hotel stay: The special rate is € 155.00 per night including breakfast, VAT and WiFi. It is valid for bookings by 18th September 2020 out of their allotment "EAA Seminar". Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel via mail: jphillips@camdencourthotel.ie. Kindly book early, as their allotment includes a limited number of rooms, and note the hotel’s cancellation policy.

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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, they 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.

They will close with an overview over technical implementation approaches seen in various European markets, share emerging market views and discuss these with the participants.

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.

Clemens Frey, Carsten Horst and David Richter
Biographical details

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.