IFRS Accounting for Business Combinations (2 days)

Course code: 1230


Accounting for business combinations can present considerable challenges for IFRS preparers. This two-day program provides a comprehensive understanding of, and hands-on practice in, applying the IFRS requirements on business combinations and on acquiring interests in joint arrangements and associates.

Our specialist instructors will explain and review the relevant parts of the following IFRS standards:

  • IFRS 3 Business Combinations
  • IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements
  • IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements
  • IFRS 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities
  • IAS 28 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures

Using illustrative examples and real-world financial statements, the theory and practical application of the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations is demonstrated in an interactive group environment. The program also gives delegates a sound understanding of the requirements and methodology for accounting for acquiring and losing control of interests in joint arrangements and associates.

The course answers questions such as:

  • What constitutes a ‘business?
  • What is included and excluded when calculating the consideration transferred in a business combination?
  • How are contingent payments, subsequent fair value adjustments, contingent liabilities and intangible assets treated in a business combination?
  • How are goodwill and non-controlling interests measured?
  • How does IFRS 10's definition of control affect the scope of consolidated financial statements?
  • What adjustments are needed when applying the equity method of accounting?
  • How does IFRS 11 impact the treatment of joint arrangements?


  • Acquisitionaccounting – IFRS 3
    • Definition of a business and a business combination
    • Scope exemptions
    • Identifying the acquirer
    • Determining the acquisition date and consideration transferred
    • Recognizing and measuring identifiable assets acquired, liabilities assumed, and non-controlling interests
      • Recognition principle
      • Measurement principle
      • Exceptions to the recognition and measurement principles
    • Recognizing and measuring goodwill or a gain from a bargain purchase
      • Bargain purchases
      • Consideration transferred
      • Contingent consideration
      • Testing goodwill for impairment
    • Business combinations achieved in stages
    • Business combinations achieved without the transfer of consideration
    • Provisional fair values and measurement period adjustments
    • Subsequent measurement and accounting
      • Reacquired rights
      • Contingent liabilities
      • Indemnification assets
      • Contingent consideration
    • Disclosures
  • Consolidated financial statements – IFRS 10
    • Determining control
    • Accounting for changes in ownership interests
    • Disclosure of interests in other entities – IFRS 12
  • Joint arrangements – IFRS 11
    • Joint control
    • Accounting for joint operations
    • Accounting for joint ventures
  • Investments in associates and joint ventures – IAS 28
    • Acquisition and loss of significant influence
    • Applying the equity method
    • Impairment testing – IAS 36

Teaching method

  • Group live instruction with active participation encouraged, cases, examples, group work, open discussions
  • Review of the general requirements of IFRS 3 Business Combinations
  • Demonstration of accounting issues relating to acquiring interests in associates and joint arrangements
  • Extensive hands-on case studies completed in an interactive group environment to demonstrate key points and practical application
  • All participants receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials


Basic understanding of accounting for business combinations and consolidations under any GAAP. No advance preparation is required for this course.

Course benefits

  • Differentiate between the different levels of investment and identify the appropriate accounting treatment
  • Perform a purchase price allocation exercise and calculate goodwill by applying the rules in IFRS 3 Business Combinations
  • Evaluate the impact of contingent consideration and implement the special recognition and measurement rules for contingent liabilities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of IAS 36 by performing an impairment test on goodwill
  • Perform equity accounting for an associate or joint venture by applying IAS 28
  • Identify the two forms of joint arrangement and apply the appropriate accounting methods

Who should attend?

Individuals with interests in, or responsibilities for, preparing IFRS consolidated financial statements following business combinations and/or acquisitions of interests in associates or joint arrangements:

  • Accountants with group reporting responsibilities
  • Professionals involved in M&A transactions
  • Internal  auditors
  • Analysts and advisors
  • Systems professionals

CPE / CPD Accreditation


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Field of study: Accounting

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  • Our London seminars take place in 4 star professional conference facilities, generally in city-centre hotels like the Marriott, Sheraton or Hilton brands. Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Coffee and lunch will be provided.


  • Nick Auer

    Nick Auer is an experienced training consultant specialising in Finance and Financial Reporting. A UK chartered accountant with over 16 years’ experience, Nick’s clients include a variety of organisations in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, Nick specialises in delivering training on financial reporting matters (IFRS and IPSAS), finance training for non-finance managers, and courses on value for money and efficiency, budget management, procurement and contract management. He also has consulting experience on finance transformation projects (e.g. conversion to accruals accounting; conversion from UK GAAP to IFRS etc.). His clients have included the Ministry of Defence, the National Health Service, the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Border Agency, local government etc. Nick also has significant experience in teaching financial reporting and other financial topics to the private sector. He has delivered introductory and advanced training on IFRS topics including group accounts, financial instruments, leasing, assets, intangibles, impairment and pensions as well as industry-specific technical updates. Nick has worked for clients in the oil, financial services, telecoms, medical equipment, transport infrastructure, insurance, construction, manufacturing, beverages, shipping, recycling and information industries.

    Saket Modi

    Saket Modi is a London-based financial trainer and consultant with over 15 years of professional experience. He specialises in delivering courses on advanced accounting, financial reporting and financial analysis topics, particularly with regards to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), financial instruments and corporate finance. Saket has spent considerable time working, advising and training on complex IFRS matters - especially in relation to recognition and measurement of financial instruments. He has gained valuable experience working with both FTSE listed companies and also with Big 4 accounting firms. He has designed and facilitated workshops for banks and other financial institutions and also for corporates in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, and was invited by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board® (IAASB®) to present a paper on IFRS 9 Financial Instruments at their board meeting in New York. Saket is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, has completed the IFRS certificate course offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and also holds the Diploma in IPSAS from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). As well as being a qualified accountant, Saket is also a CFA® charterholder.

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22 Oct 2018 London

Course level:
16 hours
Start date:
22 Oct 2018
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Finish date:
23 Oct 2018
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GBP 1,850
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