Relationships, transactions and outstanding balances between entities that are considered related parties, as defined by IAS 24, Related Party Disclosures, must be adequately disclosed in financial statements of a reporting entity. Such disclosures have long been a common feature of financial reporting, and most national accounting standard-setting bodies have imposed similar mandates. The rationale for compelling such disclosures is the concern that entities which are related to each other, whether by virtue of an ability to control or to exercise significant influence or where a person is a member of key management of a reporting entity (all as defined under IFRS), usually have leverage in influencing transaction terms, including values.

If these events and transactions were simply mingled with transactions conducted with other unrelated parties on normal arm’s-length terms or negotiated terms, the users of the financial statements would likely be impeded in ...

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