ESEF Information Day

The Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH cordially invite you to the ESEF information day of the German Company Register on Wednesday, 28th of October in Cologne, Germany.

The amendment of the Transparency Directive 2013/50 EU of the European Parliament and the corresponding national implementation lead to significant changes in processes for capital market-oriented companies. In particular, the mandatory introduction of ESEF reporting from fiscal years beginning in 2020 in the new European, uniform reporting format has significant effects on the preparation and submission process of financial reports.
In order to better evaluate and classify the upcoming challenges for your company, we offer you with the ESEF information day a holistic view on the topic ESEF.

In particular on that day

  • the regulatory background is presented by ESMA and BaFin,
  • the requirements for the audit of the financial report by the auditor are explained
  • the filing process is shown in the Federal Gazette / Business Register,
  • the role of the XBRL organization in connection with the further development of the ESEF taxonomy is presented as well as
  • solutions for financial reporting in ESEF format.

The day also gives you the opportunity to discuss best-practice approaches with other stakeholders and to exchange views with other stakeholders in general.

Anna Sciortino

Policy Officer  European Securities And Markets Authority (ESMA)

Anna Sciortino will introduce the RTS on the European Single Electronic Format, including an overview of the development of ESMA’s draft RTS and the key aspects of the new Regulation. She will also provide an update of the recent developments and ongoing initiatives, and give some recommendations to issuers for the upcoming implementation phase.

Dr. Nina Kumm, LL.M., Lawyer

Special advisior in the department for balance sheet control and transparency obligations of issuers

ESEF brings many innovations in the field of periodic financial reporting - not only for reportable issuers, but also, for example, for their auditors, national supervisory authorities and ultimately also for the users of the reports. The presentation will provide a context for the topic of "electronic financial reporting", provide basic information and give an overview of the current state of affairs. It will focus on both the international and the national level.

Holger Obst

Holger Obst has been Senior Manager in the policy department of Ernst & Young GmbH Auditing Company since 2019.

His main areas of expertise include accounting issues for IFRS financial statements, assisting clients in balance sheet control procedures as well as the development and implementation of electronic financial reporting and the implications for the audit.

Prior to this, he was responsible for many years as Technical Manager at the IASB in London and at the DRSC in Berlin for the development of IFRS accounting standards and electronic reporting.
He is a member of the IDW working group ESEF. He is also a regular author of specialist publications in the field of IFRS accounting and electronic financial reporting.

He studied economics and business administration at the University of Leipzig.

Thomas Klement

XBRL Germany

Thomas Klement is managing director of ABZ Reporting GmbH. He has been advising companies on the preparation of electronic balance sheets in the areas of disclosure, tax declaration and reporting for 15 years. In addition, he is intensively involved in reporting for listed companies in ESEF format and the automated analysis of financial reports. He represents the board of XBRL Deutschland e.V., is a member of the Standards Board of XBRL International and is also active in numerous national and international working groups and expert committees.

John Turner

XBRL International

John Turner leads XBRL International, the not-for-profit standards development organisation behind XBRL, the business reporting data exchange standard.
He works with regulators, governments and the private sector to help the shift from a paper-based to a data-centric reporting paradigm. He has beeninvolved in the XBRL standard, in a number of different capacities, since 1999. Prior to taking on his current role, at the end of 2013, he served as the CEO of CoreFiling, an XBRL software firm, before that, led the global XBRL activities ofKPMG LLP, and prior to that, worked as a prudential regulator, running off-sitesurveillance and leading the revamp of data collection systems at APRA in Australia.
He is a passionate advocate for the pragmatic use of standards to enhance reporting and with the staff of XBRL International works with the consortium's members and leading regulators around the world to this end. Based in Oxford in the United Kingdom he holds degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Queensland, with majors in computer science and government.

An International Perspective. Hear from XBRL International CEO John Turner on how ESEF filings are likely to be used by analysts, regulators and policy makers and why that matters for Europe's competitiveness into the long term. He'll also try to dispel some myths about XBRL implementations for public companies in other parts of the world and provide some practical examples about ways that German companies can use XBRL data to their advantage as disclosure moves from paper to data.

Ulrich Brass

Head of department legal publication Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH   

The ESEF brings with it new challenges for the information processing systems, which are reflected for the business register, the German OAM, and for the Federal Gazette in adjustments to the technical infrastructure and in changed processes in the acceptance and processing of the ESEF files.

Jens Dottermosch

Team leader Accounting /
Financial Reports team
Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH

Since 2015, he has been team leader in the Accounting / Financial Reports team, in which he was previously responsible for the internal training of employees and client support in matters relating to disclosure requirements.

From these activities, Mr. Dottermosch has gained a wide variety of practical examples, tips and
Experience gained in the area of "disclosure requirements". In addition to attendance seminars, Mr. Dottermosch also lectures at various webinars on the subject of disclosure.
In addition to the regulatory changes brought about by the new ESEF reporting format, the submission to the Federal Gazette or the Company Register will also change.
We show you which changes you have to consider and how the submission has to take place. We also provide assistance on how to fulfill the filing in the Company Register and at the same time the filing with the Bundesanzeiger according to commercial law.

09:30 am - 10:00 am      Registration / Reception

10:00 am - 10:15 am      Welcome
                                       Krzysztof Jesse
                                       Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH / Company Register

10:15 am - 11:00 am      Purpose and current status of ESEF / plans for the further implementation 
                                       (presentation language English)
                                       Anna Sciortino
                                       European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
11:00 am - 11:30 am      Coffee break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm      New Electronic Financial Reporting Format (ESEF):
                                       Overview of the point and status (presentation language German)
                                       Dr. Nina Kumm
                                       LL.M., Lawyer
                                       Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin)

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm     Exhibitor Speed-Dating

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm       Lunch break and visit of the exhibition

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm         Quality assurance for disclosure - ESEF as a
                                      challenge for accountants and auditors
                                      (presentation language German)
                                      Holger Obst
                                      Auditor, Ernst & Young GmbH   

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm         Role of the XBRL organization in the Context of the ESEF introduction
                                      XBRL Germany, XBRL Europe,  XBRL International
                                      Thomas Klement
                                      XBRL Germany
                                      (presentation language German)

                                      Gilles Maguet
                                      XBRL Europe
                                      (presentation language English)

                                      John Turner
                                      XBRL International
                                      (presentation language English)

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm         The new ESEF disclosure practice at the
                                      Federal Gazette / Company Register
                                      (presentation language German)
                                      Jens Dottermosch
                                      German Company Register /  German OAM
                                      Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm       Processing the ESEF from the perspective
                                     of the company register (German OAM)
                                     (presentation language German)
                                     Ulrich Brass
                                     German Company Register / German OAM
                                     Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm        Farewell

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm       Get together

Dorint an der Messe
Deutz-Mülheimer-Str. 22-24
50679 Cologne

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Participation in the event is free of charge.

We recommend early registration as the number of participants is limited. The order in which registrations are received will determine whether the registration is considered.

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Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH
Amsterdamer Straße 192
50735 Cologne
Tel.: +49 221 / 97668-0



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