NOCLAR Presentation April 2014

Report
NOCLAR Update
Caroline Gardner, Task Force Chair
Ken Siong, Technical Director
IESBA Meeting
Toronto
April 7, 2014
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Jan 2014 Meeting with Herbert Smith Freehills
• Analysis of stakeholder concerns on original proposals re obligation
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Understandable concerns
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Less compelling concerns
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Concerns addressed by use of “right to disclose” approach
• Experience under other regimes (AML and anti-corruption)
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Scope of obligation
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Scope of protection
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Practical consequences
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Meeting with Herbert Smith Freehills
NOCLAR – Possible Limitations
• Temporal
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E.g., Conduct that PA believes will / is intended / may be committed
• Level of certainty
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E.g., PA’s subjective state of mind; level of proof
• Nature of offence
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E.g., Type or seriousness of offence; outcome of disclosure
• Role of accountant, e.g., forensics, legal privilege
• Impact of remediation, e.g., remediation steps satisfactory?
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Meeting with Herbert Smith Freehills
December 2013 Board-Agreed Text
• A number of comments for further reflection, e.g.
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Suitability of broad scope dependent on extent and mandatory nature of actions
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Importance of, and need for, clarity re types of issues to be disclosed
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Sufficient guidance on thresholds? (e.g., significant consequences to what?)
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Follow up needed for NOCLAR that were not inconsequential but don’t have
significant consequences?
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Unclear if PA should disclose if entity has taken remedial action but not itself
disclosed?
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Potential difficulties in assessing whether disclosure threshold crossed?
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Feb 2014 IOSCO C1 Discussion – Key Comments
• Disappointment that Board moving away from a presumption to disclose
• Risk that bar is set too high for disclosure
• Need for more specificity re what outgoing auditor should communicate
to incoming auditor
• A concern no outright prohibition on incoming auditor accepting
engagement if there is a suspected NOCLAR
• Documentation requirement in ISAs should be mentioned in the Code
• Align thresholds with the ISAs
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Clearly inconsequential, significant consequences, public interest
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March 2014 CAG Discussion – Key Comments
• Current position appears weak
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Pendulum seems to have swung too far back
• Threshold for disclosure appears too high
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Would not capture insider trading, for example
• Public interest filter more appropriate at back end re enforcement
• Disclosure example provided too obvious
• Make clear who has responsibility to document and what to document
• Avoid increasing public expectations gap re role of auditors
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Update – NOCLAR Roundtables
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Proposed Approach to Roundtables
• Opening remarks
• Background to project; overview of proposed approach
– About 40 mins
• Breakout session
– Three concurrent groups of max 20 people each (~ 2.0 – 2.5 hrs)
• Breakout report-backs (~ 45 mins each)
• Final reactions and way forward (~ 30 mins)
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Invitations Sent and Responses as of April 3rd
Hong Kong
Brussels
Washington
Organizations invited
80
97
65
Responded / Bounce-backs
50
58
32
30 (38%)
39 (40%)
33 (51%)
Outstanding replies
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Positive Responses – Number of External
Representatives
Hong Kong
Brussels
Washington
Regulators / Public Authorities
9
11
6
Preparers
2
4
2
Investors
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1
2
National standard setters
5
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2
IFAC member bodies
11
13
3
Firms
7
2
4
Other organizations
2
6
4
Total
36
37
23
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HK Roundtable – Select Key Organizations
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Australian Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board
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HK Financial Reporting Council
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HK Securities and Future Commission
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HK Exchanges and Clearing Ltd
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HK Narcotics Bureau
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New Zealand External Reporting Board
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Asian Development Bank
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Singapore Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
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Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission
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Brussels Roundtable – Select Key Organizations
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EuropeanIssuers
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Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
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UK Financial Reporting Council
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Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Federal Ministry of Justice, and
Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel, Germany
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Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets
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International Corporate Governance Network
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European Securities and Markets Authority
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Haut Conseil du Commissariat aux Comptes
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Washington Roundtable – Select Key Organizations
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Canadian Public Accountability Board
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National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
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US Chamber of Commerce
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US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
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US Securities and Exchange Commission
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CFA Institute; Center for Audit Quality
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Council of Institutional Investors
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International Association of Insurance Supervisors
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North American Financial Executives Institutes
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Forward Timeline
• IFIAR SCWG discussion – April 8
• Forum of Firms discussion – April 24
• Task Force meeting – April 25
• Feedback statement for RT
– Draft to Board for fatal flaw review – April 23
– Final draft for distribution to all RT participants – April 30
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Forward Timeline
• Final RT agendas – April 30
• IESBA-NSS meeting – May 28
• Update July 2014 Board meeting
• CAG discussion September 2014
• Full review October 2014 Board meeting
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