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Complex Financial Instruments

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Presented as part of BDO USA, LLP's senseSM series, the Ac’sense 2011 Complex Financial Instruments webinar continues our tradition of lending a helping hand to financial management and audit committees to stay on top of today's hot topics and developments.

This event is intended for our valued clients and contacts, including audit committees, board members, management, finance and compliance professionals of both public companies and private companies.

This presentation will be delivered by members of the BDO National Assurance Department spotlighting practical experience and viewpoints that build upon the concepts outlined in BDO’s Financial Reporting Newsletter BDO Knows: Complex Financial Instruments. First, this course will highlight key questions and concepts for board members to consider related to Complex Financial Instruments. Then, the course will progress to a more detailed analysis of accounting and reporting issues through the review of common elements of complex financial instruments, and more in-depth explanation of how to use BDO Complex Instruments Practice Aid including use of complex case study examples to highlight key concepts presented.

Upon completion of this course, participants should have gained a heightened awareness of:

  • Questions and concepts to be considered by board members related to complex financial instruments
  • Financial instruments with characteristics of both liabilities and equity, the concept of indexed to an entity’s own stock, the requirements for classification in stockholders’ equity, and SEC requirements for classification in stockholders’ equity
  • Strategies to gain efficiency in analyzing and concluding on the proper accounting for complex financial instruments
  • The BDO Complex Financial Instruments Practice Aid and how it can assist your company in the analysis and accounting for complex financial instruments

Delivery: The 2 hour webinar will be delivered via the BDO Online CPE Network. See below for important registration instructions.

Self Study Option: If you missed the live webcast, you may access a CPE-worthy self-study course by clicking on the following link and entering as "BDO Clients & Invited Guests."

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Presentation Handout Materials: BDO Complex Financial Instruments Practice Aid

Ac'sense 2011 Complex Financial Instruments Participant handouts

CPE: 2.5 credits in the field of Accounting

Prerequisites and Advanced Preparation: None

CPE Certificates: Continuing Professional Education credit is available for those who have registered for and participated for the entire webinar (including being logged in for the duration of the webinar and being responsive to ALL polling questions).

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