Revenue Recognition Alarm

Revenue Recognition Standards – Are You Ready?

One of the broadest changes to US (and international) accounting GAAP is upon us. The new Revenue Recognition requirements (FASB/ASC 606 & IFRS 15) take effect as soon as January 2018 for calendar year-end public companies, and January 2019 for all others (Non-Public/Not for Profit). Sound the alarm because this is a big deal.   […]

Policy Management

Policy Management

Senior management may have a vision and strategy for the organization, however without clearly communicating it to the personnel responsible for execution, it may never be successfully implemented. One of the key components needed to support a company’s strategy is to have a strong governance platform to set the ‘tone at the top’. A crucial […]

Revenue Recognition Topic 606

Revenue Recognition: Adopting the New Standard

Revenue is one of the most important measures used by investors in assessing a company’s performance and prospects. Presently, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) requires complex and disparate revenue recognition calculations within industries where revenue recognition is tied to contracts, including, for example, software and real estate. As a result, different industries use different accounting […]

IPO Readiness

IPO Readiness: A Corporate Governance Perspective

While 2016 was a comparatively slow year for initial public offerings, the expectation for 2017 is much more positive as economies grow stronger. As members in the Private Equity and Investment Banking community know, filing the appropriate paperwork with the SEC is just one step in long process. There are numerous Corporate Governance considerations for […]

Sales Returns

Internal Audit Checklist: Sales Returns and Credit Notes

In general, the objective of an internal audit is to assess the risk of material misstatement in financial reporting. Material misstatements can arise from inadequacies in internal controls and from inaccurate management assertions. As such, testing the validity of various implicit managerial assertions is a key objective of an internal auditor. While this applies to […]

Conducting a Comprehensive Intellectual Property Audit

In our previous posts, we outlined the differences between the three main types of audits (royalty audit, profit participation audit, and contract audit), examined their uses and benefits, and looked at the consequences of not performing sufficient audits. Now it’s time to discuss the elements of an expert Intellectual Property audit. First, you’ll want to […]

The Risks of Not Performing an Intellectual Property Audit

In our last post, we outlined the differences between the three main types of audits (royalty, profit participation, and contract) and examined their uses and benefits. Now we turn to the consequences of not performing sufficient audits. Essentially, audits uncover any inefficient or outdated business processes so they can be adjusted to boost revenue associated […]

Are You Leaving Intellectual Property Dollars on the Table?

Manufacturers work hard to track every piece of finished product; service companies are meticulous about knowing their human capital. But many companies with tight inventories in other areas fail to carefully manage their intellectual property—and that can be a costly error. There are two potential problems with a leaky intellectual property (“IP”) program. First, you […]

The COSO Internal Control Framework 2013: What are you Waiting For?

Written by Sargon Youmara, Partner, Vonya Global If more companies knew how easy the migration from the 1992 to 2013 framework can be, fewer would drag their heels. A startling fact: a good many companies that have not migrated to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) 2013 Internal Control Framework were […]

Social Networking Carries Real Compliance Risks

Written by Steven Randall and Veronika Fritz, Partners, Vonya Global Between all the bathing suit selfies and Worldwide Wrestling fan pages, social media seems, well, silly and inconsequential. It becomes less silly when the FDIC or FTC come knocking because they caught you sneaking an ad into your blog post, or an advisor made a […]