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International Financial Reporting Standards – an Introduction

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) are now used in well over 130 countries worldwide and have become the de facto global language used by listed companies to communicate financial accounting and reporting information. The London-based International Accounting Standards Board has overseen translations into more than 40 languages, and the core standards are translated from English into 22 EU official languages. Many IFRS financial reports are also translated, which represents a significant translation market.

The expert knowledge embodied by the IFRSs certainly poses a substantial hurdle, but it also represents a significant opportunity for translators and interpreters who are prepared to learn about the relevant terminology and phrasing as well as the structure of the standards and how they are applied in practice.

This language-neutral introduction to IFRSs provides an overview of the standards, the translations and their application, as well as offering guidance on how to research IFRSs and identify relevant resources. It also addresses some underlying financial translation principles and policies that can provide a practical framework for translating IFRS reports, irrespective of the source and target languages.


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Robin Bonthrone

Robin has been a full-time German>English financial-legal translator for over 25 years, specialising in financial accounting and reporting (IFRSs, German and Austrian GAAP), audit, assurance and advisory, tax law, and financial sector regulation and supervision. He was joint coordinator of the German version of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) for several years and translates the German Accounting Standards for the Accounting Standards Committee of Germany. He is an experienced financial translation trainer and lecturer and is also currently co-chair of the FIT ISO Standards Committee.


1 hour 26 min

Who should watch it?

Translators wishing to obtain a practical framework for translating IFRS-based financial reports, irrespective of the source and target languages. Translators seeking new opportunities by learning the relevant terminology and phrasing of the standards.

What are the benefits to you?

The video will offer guidance on the principles of financial translation and a framework for translating IFRS reports.

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  1. Andrea Denby

    It was an excellent presentation, clear and well structured. The amount of new information delivered was just right for me since I also have some knowledge of financial regulations. It was not pedantic as it has built on information which is commonly shared by professionals who either full-time or occasionally work in the financial field. At the time of the webinar I had medical work to do so I intend to keep the recording and listen to it again carefully.

  2. G. van Uden

    A very clear and thorough presentation of IFRSs. It provides excellent information to help you understand and find your way around the reporting requirements, as well as where to find reliable sources of terminology.

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