Finance Transformation – Lease Accounting Processes


For new finance leaders stepping into fresh roles, or for seasoned professionals gearing up for finance transformation, there’s an uncharted territory that promises significant returns: lease accounting. This realm, though often overshadowed, can set the tone for financial agility and precision. Here’s why lease accounting should top your agenda for a transformative journey.

The Current Landscape of Lease Accounting

With standards like ASC 842 or IFRS 16 setting the scene, lease accounting mandates businesses to register most leases on their balance sheets. Sounds simple? Not quite. The complexity of managing diverse leases, coupled with evolving regulations, requires an adept hand.

Why It’s Time for Finance Leaders to Take Note as Part of their Finance Transformation

  1. Complexity and Compliance: As the financial steward of your organization, ensuring compliance in the maze of lease accounting regulations is imperative.
  2. Operational Efficiency: If you’re still navigating through manual or semi-automated lease accounting methods, you’re likely missing out on efficiency and accuracy.
  3. Strategic Decision-making: A streamlined lease accounting process is more than just about compliance. It can offer powerful insights to inform your FP&A strategy and lease portfolio.

The Potential of Revamped Systems

  1. Risk Mitigation: The right systems can greatly reduce the dangers of non-compliance and misreporting – a win for any finance leader aiming for precision.
  2. Efficiency: Automation and centralization not only save time but elevate the quality of financial operations.
  3. Strategic Insights: Dive deep into your company’s financial liabilities and assets, gaining insights that can steer future endeavours.

Embracing the Transformation

  • Start with Self-assessment: Understand where your current lease accounting processes stand. Recognize the bottlenecks and the inherent risks.
  • Engage Stakeholders: Highlight the immense potential of fine-tuned lease accounting to your stakeholders. Showcase the promise it holds in terms of compliance, efficiency, and strategy.
  • Leverage Technology: Consider tools that are tailor-made for lease accounting, ensuring a smooth interplay with other financial systems.
  • Prioritize Continuous Growth: Stay committed to evolving, embracing feedback, and being attuned to the industry’s best practices.


For finance leaders – whether stepping into new challenges or reigniting their existing roles – lease accounting is a realm ripe for exploration. It’s not just about numbers; it’s about carving a path of financial excellence.

Ready to transform your organization’s lease accounting frontier? At Black Owl Systems, we’re here to partner with you on this transformative journey. Let’s chart a path to success together.

Greg Kautz
Greg Kautz

Greg Kautz, CPA, CMA

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