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Preparing your Investors for Revenue Recognition, with IR Magazine

Many US companies are grappling with FASB’s changes to reporting revenue. These changes have a knock-on effect for the analysts who cover you as internal models need to be updated and revenue needs to be recalculated.

At Microsoft, the IR and accounting teams recognized the risks of the revenue recognition changes early. By starting early, they were able to address investor and analyst concerns, provide dedicated resources around revenue recognition, and clearly inform their investors and analysts of what the changes meant for them. The teams were recently presented with the Pacesetters of the Year award for excellence in financial reporting. Join this webinar for practical tips on navigating this accounting change and how you, as IR professionals, can keep your investors updated.

Speakers include:

• Ben Ashwell, digital editor, IR Magazine
• Kristin Chester, senior financial manager of investor relations, Microsoft
• Stacy Harrington, director of corporate revenue assurance, Microsoft

Short, sharp and packed with expert insight, this webinar will get you up to speed on these critical issues in just 30 minutes.

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How Will Recent Cybersecurity Events Impact Filing Season?

Data breaches are becoming increasingly common headlines in the daily news as hackers have become more sophisticated and diligent in their efforts to disrupt the markets. The effects of the attacks are far-reaching – spanning from the loss of public trust to collapses in stock prices and executive firings.

With cybersecurity risk looming in the background, how will it affect the upcoming filing season? Join our panel of experts to discuss what new regulations might be implemented in 2018 and how the potential for the SEC to change its stance on the definition of “extraordinary events” will impact your business. We will also explore whether institutional investors will lead the charge for new regulations – or if we will see shareholder activism rise up and take on this issue. The panel will address questions including:

  • How incident response has evolved with the increase in cybersecurity events;
  • What others in the industry are doing in regard to cyber liability insurance;
  • Timing of disclosure in periodic reports, when should you disclose and how much do you report; and
  • What is the litigation path beginning to look like? What to expect?
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From Revenue to Reputation: IR issues and the Impact on Shareholder Value, with IR Magazine

The IR professional’s role has evolved into a significant function at large companies – especially those with an international shareholder base. From corporate sustainability and SEC disclosure effectiveness to revenue recognition and reputation management, today’s IR professionals are instrumental in value creation and are more vital to public companies than ever. With the end of each fiscal quarter comes preparation for the ubiquitous earnings announcement, where IROs must be fully versed on the issues of the day and how they impact shareholder value.

    Given the vast spectrum of information they manage and the litany of regulatory and compliance standards they must consider on a day-to-day basis, IR professionals are fast-becoming a critical component of corporate management. On September 27, 2017,  we shared a number of key insights regarding the increasingly important role of IR professionals and discuss the most important issues facing public companies today.
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