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COVID-19 - Impact on Financial Sector - 20 May 2020


Please find below a summary of COVID-19 developments relevant to our clients; these alerts are dedicated to following up on the financial  regulators’ responses to the crisis. We have also created a COVID-19 Resource Center to offer legal and business insights as this crisis continues to evolve. We wish you and your loved ones well.

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ESMA calls for transparency on COVID-19 effects in half-yearly financial reports

ESMA has published a Public Statement addressing the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the half-yearly financial reports of listed issuers. In particular, this Statement addresses the preparation of the interim financial statements according to IFRS and the interim management reports for the 2020 half-yearly reporting periods. 

In its Public Statement, ESMA provides recommendations and highlights: 

  • the need for issuers to provide relevant and reliable information that is useful to investors to adequately reflect the current and expected impact of the COVID-19 situation on the financial position, performance and cash-flows of issuers. Therefore, the publication of the half-yearly financial reports may not be unduly delayed;
  • the importance of updating the information included in the latest annual accounts to adequately inform stakeholders of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular in relation to significant uncertainties and risks, going concern, impairment of non-financial assets and presentation in the statement of profit or loss; and

  • the need for issuers to provide detailed and entity specific information in their interim management reports regarding, amongst other things, the past and expected future impact of COVID-19 on the strategic orientation and targets, operations, performance of issuers as well as any mitigating actions put in place to address the effects of the pandemic.


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