In a global industry puzzled with complexities of the accelerated filer status, A2Q2 comes to the rescue. Simplified innovations to your complex problems are what we offer!
How has your experience been working with A2Q2?
They always come prepared and are very professional, very personable, and approachable. SOX is a pretty dry topic, but I think the team really does their best to make sure that the relationship is going well and that the interaction between them and us and our auditors is going smoothly as well. Overall, my experience has been super positive.
Going public is a long ride. There are ups and downs, and a lot of complexities. But there is one thing that is constant, and that is growth. A journey can’t be a journey if there is no progress, and it’s the same for your IPO journey.
As you grow you go from an emerging growth company to an accelerated filer. Making it to this stage is proof of your growth, but it’s not the end of the journey – there is still much to do.
An accelerated filer is a public company with a public float of $75 million to $700 million. So, if you’re in this class of companies, then for you, SOX 404B is a necessity.
The SEC made it compulsory for organizations that qualify to be accelerated filers to obtain auditor attestation over ICFR. It is a process you MUST comply with, lest you face the consequences.
But we’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen. We will help you simplify the activities required for an accelerated filer and support you through each one of them.
At A2Q2, we assist you in carrying out a thorough risk assessment. We do this by identifying the scope and evidence required in the assessment of internal control, identifying financial statements, determining entry-level controls, and identifying transaction-level controls.
We also assess the technological components of your company. We do this by checking your specific systems that might be under scrutiny to help you beef up the controls.
We will always stress this – project management is a vital part of your company’s success, especially after going public.
Project management keeps your team members committed, accountable, responsible, consulted, and informed.
It uses cooperation and teamwork systems to ensure that people from HR, IT, legal, operations, and finance cooperate and do their part to execute your project successfully.
HIGH-VALUE OWNER TRAINING
We place a lot of emphasis on training, education, and change management. This is because we know that when you’re going public, your first and second years are critical.
At that point, you will be completely swamped and your team will have its heads down working furiously. Adding to the challenge is that many of your team members will not have worked in a public company environment before, or if they have, it’s been a while since they’ve worked there and they need a refresher.
That’s why process-owner training and education is so important. We here at A2Q2 are here to help you with that.
TESTING FOR PROCESS DEFICIENCIES
Now that you are an accelerated filer, you will have to do some testing for SOX 404B compliance.
SOX 404B is the section that requires external auditors certify at the end of the year that your controls were designed appropriately, in place, and operating effectively. If you have a series of controls that fails, they can aggregate together to become a material weakness, thereby leading to a failing grade.
But this is completely avoidable, and we’re here to help. A2Q2 conducts interviews, assesses the current processes, and takes critical cognizance of entity-level controls.
Our team of experts also simultaneously assesses gaps and conducts interviews to spot deficiencies in your processes.
A2Q2 will make control recommendations, document those controls, and update your flow charts or your narratives.
Bringing you commendable professionalism and support is our goal. We will ensure that you scale through the process as easily and as quickly as possible.