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Connor Group to Speak at ACS Virtual Life Science Accounting Event

Connor Group experts Aleks Zabreyko, Blake Collins, and Ravi Kumar will join ACS on May 13th at their Virtual Life Science Accounting Event, to share their insights on the current IPO and SPAC trends for life science companies. The conference will feature industry experts and life sciences analysts addressing the latest accounting developments including gross to net estimates and accruals, preparing for an IPO, revenue recognition examples, and all the latest updates. Speakers will discuss accounting considerations, typical steps of a SPAC transaction, and issues affecting timing and outlook of the capital markets. In addition to gaining CPE credit, participants will take away an understanding of key areas, recognize the timelines and key factors affecting the life science industry, and will begin to assess the effects of these standards on your company or clients. Click here to register.


Aleks Zabreyko
Partner, Technical Accounting
Strategic Markets Leader

Aleks is Partner and Strategic Markets Leader in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice. In addition to client service, Aleks focuses on the firm’s market activity in several geographies, including Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Seattle. He is also responsible for interactions with regulatory organizations and several of our business alliances.

Aleks has hands-on US GAAP and IFRS experience advising clients and other Connor Group professionals in areas such as revenue recognition, complex financial instruments, leases, consolidation, business acquisitions and dispositions, stock compensation, capital markets, SEC reporting, and complex or unique transactions. He has in-depth familiarity with issues affecting emerging growth companies, both private and public, in the technology, software, cloud, clean energy, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to his current role, Aleks founded and led our Professional Practice organization. He also directed the development of the firm’s guidance and client services in relation to the new revenue recognition rules of ASC 606.

He is a member of the Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) of the AICPA, Financial Reporting Committee of the IMA, and Auditing Practice and Accounting Standards committee of California Society of CPAs. Additionally, Aleks is part of the AICPA Digital Assets Task Force, which develops nonauthoritative accounting and auditing guidance for cryptocurrencies, tokens, and other assets. He has presented on a variety of accounting topics at conferences and webinars.

Prior to joining Connor Group in 2009, Aleks spent 17 years with the Ernst & Young audit practice. He is a Certified Public Accountant (California) and Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (the United Kingdom).


Ravi Kumar
Partner, Technical Accounting

Ravi is a Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice providing technical accounting assistance on complex, structured transactions and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. Ravi has extensive experience working with revenue recognition, complex debt and equity transactions, consolidations, business combinations, leasing, and stock-based compensation under both US GAAP and IFRS. Ravi has led over a dozen ASC 606 projects for software, SaaS, subscription-based, and technology companies with multi-billion dollar annual revenues, including the technical accounting assessment and operational implementation of the new revenue standard. Ravi has also assisted multiple companies with their adoption of the new leasing standard.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Ravi was a Senior Manager in EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services practice. Ravi’s career background includes cross-functional and multi-national Big-4 experience consisting of on-call technical accounting advice, new accounting standards implementation assistance, financial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, IPO readiness and financial statement, and integrated audits for private and publicly-traded companies.

Ravi is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California, a member of the AICPA, and has passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.


Blake Collins
Director, Technical Accounting

Blake Collins is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice, providing assistance to clients with technical accounting issues and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. He has extensive experience with revenue recognition, lease accounting, business combinations, goodwill and intangibles, public equity offerings, and stock-based compensation.

Prior to joining Connor Group, he worked as an audit professional at Deloitte in Orange County, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, for more than 8 years, most recently as a senior manager serving both public and private multi-national and small companies in a variety of industries. His international audit experiences include mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting and compliance, as well as resolution of technical accounting issues.

Blake graduated from Brigham Young University holding both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in Utah.