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Hedge Accounting: Why Easier is Also Simpler

February 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


CPE Seminar Series – HOUSTON

Join us for a FREE Lunch & Learn. Attendees will earn one hour of CPE credit.
For more than a decade, enterprises have had to apply the complex and voluminous rules on financial reporting for derivatives. Last month, FASB issued a new standard that is designed to make hedge accounting easier for you to prepare as well as simpler for financial statement users to understand. Here, Dr. Ira Kawaller explains how these new rules should also serve to align hedge accounting more closely with your company’s risk management strategies.


Halden Smith is the Director of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting at Freeport LNG Development, LP. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing the internal and external reporting processes, interfacing with investors and lenders, and overseeing all aspects of technical accounting. His technical experience includes a focus on derivatives and hedging, consolidation, noncash compensation, debt and equity transactions, and revenue. He has participated in a myriad of public and private, debt and equity transactions. He served in an leadership role in multiple system implementations including SAP, BPC, and Workiva. Prior to joining Freeport LNG, Halden worked for Cheniere Energy and Ernst & Young.

Chris Wurzbach is the Manager of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting at Freeport LNG Development, LP. In his current role, he is primarily responsible for managing the financial reporting process, as well as leading the company’s technical accounting efforts which have included derivatives, hedging, revenue, and consolidation among others. Chris has participated in both public and private debt offerings and played a key role in Freeport LNG’s recent implementation of SAP and BPC. Prior to joining Freeport LNG, Chris worked in Ernst & Young’s Valuation and Business Modeling practice where he performed valuations for a variety of financial reporting, tax, and strategic purposes across all sectors of the energy industry. Before joining Ernst & Young, he worked at KPMG as an external auditor.

Please note: We have a new and improved registration system. Please follow instructions below. If you have any questions, please contact Chandler Whitworth by email cwhitworth@donwat.com or phone 713-595-4811

Registration is required by Wednesday, February 21st in order to participate.
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Marriot West Loop Hotel (Topaz Rooms)
1700 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027 United States
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