Lux GAAP vs IFRS: key similarities and differences

Blended learning

Who is the training for?

  • Chartered accountants
  • Auditors
  • Participants must have a minimum knowledge of IFRS to follow this course. For beginners, we suggest the course IFRS - Fundamental concepts

Level reached



4,00 hours(s)

Language(s) of service



Partcipants must have a minimum knowledge of IFRS to follow this course. For beginners, we suggest the course IFRS - Fundamental Concepts.


International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") have gained momentum in Europe. The globalisation of business and finance has inevitably led to calls for a common set of high quality, global accounting standards. IFRS has been successfully adopted in almost a hundred of countries over the last couple of years.
Luxembourg actively supports the development of these international accounting standards and, since 2010, the option to use IFRS as adopted by the European Union for the preparation of both stand-alone and consolidated accounts of non-listed companies has been introduced into national law.
Therefore, mastering the key differences between these two frameworks and be able to identify the risks and opportunities linked to the adoption of this or that accounting standard is essential for accounting practitioners.

By the end of this training, the participants will be able to:

  • explain the basic principles of both frameworks;
  • understand the main differences between the two frameworks;
  • describe the key attention points when passing from one framework to the other.


1. Introduction
2. Presentation of financial statements
  • 2.1 General requirements
  • 2.2 Balance sheet – Statement of financial position
  • 2.3 Profit and loss account – Statement of comprehensive income
  • 2.4 Statement of change in equity
  • 2.5 Statement of cash flows
3. Main balance sheet items
  • 3.1 Tangible assets
  • 3.2 Intangible assets and goodwill
  • 3.3 Financial assets
  • 3.4 Inventories
  • 3.5 Equity vs debt instruments
  • 3.6 Provisions and contingent liabilities
4. Main profit and loss accounts items
  • 4.1 Revenue recognition
  • 4.2 Expenses recognition

Certificate, diploma

An attendance certificate will be sent to participants.

Additional information

This training is coordinated by Alexandre Leleux, Partner at PwC Luxembourg, and animated by Grégory Beauchesne, Senior Manager at PwC Luxembourg.

Alexandre is a partner of our ECF practice, active in the accounting and tax compliance of international tax structures, operational companies, real estate and private equity sector. He has over 16 years of experience in audit and accounting. His primary area of expertise is the preparation of financial statement under Lux GAAP, the conversion from GAAP to GAAP and the preparation of various reporting (CSSF, BCL,...) to ensure the accounting compliance of operational companies, management companies and international and private equity structures. He is also the head of the Lux GAAP technical team of PwC Luxembourg advising multinational clients on the accounting queries from tax, audit and advisory departments of PwC Luxembourg and other PwC offices.He is also member of the editorial board of ACE, an accounting, tax and audit professional magazine in Luxembourg.

After 4 years as auditor in real estate sector, Grégory is senior manager in the tax management and accounting services department: he is specialised in the preparation of financial statements and tax returns for international structures and operational companies.
Grégory is also member of the accounting technical team - Lux GAAP at PwC Luxembourg, where he deals on day-to-day basis with accounting technical issues.

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