Increased FCPA Enforcement May Lead to More Foreign Language Document Reviews for Attorneys

Increased FCPA Enforcement May Lead to More Foreign Language Document Reviews for AttorneysThe Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is likely to provide more foreign language document reviews for attorneys and translators during the new presidential administration because U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during a speech this month that the Justice Department would continue to prosecute corporate fraud. He added that “one area where this is critical is enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”  Read more

4 mistakes to avoid when dealing with foreign language lease agreements in the context of FASB’s ASC 842

4 mistakes to avoid when dealing with foreign language lease agreements in the context of FASB’s ASC 842With FASB’s new lease accounting update, ASC 842, companies may be struggling to establish procedures that make the transition easier. But with any new process, companies will make iterative improvements. Here are four mistake to avoid when dealing with foreign language lease agreements. Read more

Why it’s important to streamline your lease agreement translation process

Because businesses are now required to disclose lease commitments on the balance sheet with FASB’s ASC 842 standards update, there is going to be significantly more work for corporate accountants and lawyers, especially if foreign leases are involved. Developing a streamlined lease agreement translation process with the right technology and lease translation partner can mitigate time, cost, human error and cut down on the stress that this new requirement can bring.

There are many reasons for taking the time to create a workflow that is as automated and effective as possible.  Read more

Why a lease agreement translation process is best for ASC 842

Why a lease agreement translation process is best for ASC 842
The “standard” translation process is not time- or cost-effective in meeting FASB’s new lease agreement accounting standards update ASC 842. Accountants and lawyers are beginning to realize how the translation of lease agreements will fit into their workflow towards compliance. They are going to need an efficient solution that minimizes impact on transition resources. There are also several issues the will need to take into consideration when developing their new lease agreement translation process. The process needs to minimize impact on tax preparation and auditing team schedules to avoid additional problems and costs.  Read more

Specialized translation technology is key for transitioning to ASC 842

Specialized translation technology is key for transitioning to ASC 842

As companies begin to assess what changes are needed to comply with FASB’s new lease accounting standard, ASC 842, it’s important to understand the role that technology can and should play in translating lease agreement contacts for abstracting purposes.

Without a specialized set of translation technologies, translating multiple leases to comply with ASC 842 can be extremely time- and cost-prohibitive.

Many companies have at least a few dozen, if not thousands of foreign lease agreement contacts. Now that FASB requires those leases to be reported on the balance sheet, getting them translated is a practical requirement.

Professional human translation is the right choice in most circumstances, but when there are so many documents that have very similar characteristics and that only need to be abstracted (as opposed to something requiring a higher quality of translation such as formally published marketing material), the standard human translation process can unnecessarily cost tens of thousands of dollars. That’s where a specialized set of translation technology tools can help: Read more