ESEF Mandate

Your ESEF iXBRL Filing: Risking the Unknown Alone?

ESMA has mandated all capital market-oriented companies within the EU to now file in the European Single Electronic Format (ESEF).

This change affects issuers at an estimated 6,800 companies in the EU. There will be no room for error with each annual report now facing both an audit and validation check.

If you are one of these issuers, we’re sure you have concerns.

We understand. And we’re here to help.



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Our unique ESEF solution allows you to upload your financial statements using any file format you prefer. Our system then quickly processes your file, handling the complexities of XBRL mapping and tagging without error.

Even better? Being a true end-to-end solution, this is done with no impact to your workflow. Once the initial XBRL setup is complete, you need only to review online, download, and file.

ESEF: Understanding What’s at Stake

Below are four key takeaways from a recent article by Bartek Czajka. His complete thoughts are available on the Toppan Merrill blog.

Who is Affected By the Mandate?

The mandate applies to all issuers within the EU. All financial statements for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020 are affected. There is no phase-in by company size or sector.

What Brought the Mandate About?

The mandate began with the European parliament's goal to create a ''single digital market” that is machine-readable and more easily discoverable, bringing EU capital markets into the digital information age. In turn, this goal led to the 2013 EU Transparency Directive changes. ESMA then had the task of defining a single digital financial reporting format. The European single electronic format is the result.

When Do the ESEF Requirements Take Effect?

Annual financial reports (AFRs) in xHTML format and iXBRL-tagged IFRS consolidated statements are due four months after year-end. We'll begin seeing the first ESEF filings in early 2021.

What Is Your Advice for Issuers?

Engage an expert. iXBRL bridges the gap between humans and machines. So, XBRL expertise requires understanding both languages. But experts must also know how to apply the right tags and how to format reports correctly. All this ensures critical financial data is both compliant and accurate.

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Based in London, our XBRL trained and certified team is consulting with issuers all over the EEA. Like you, we know how much damage even a small error can have on your company’s reputation. That’s why our own reputation makes all the difference.

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Don’t wait to act. Contact our European team directly to begin your conversation. This first conversation is critical. It allows us to discuss a flexible solution strategy that will fit within your current processes and workflow.

All in a cost and time-efficient manner.