Richard R. Petersen is a co-founder and Managing Director of Financial Reporting Advisors LLC (FRA). Based in Chicago, Illinois, FRA provides consulting services related to accounting and SEC reporting, and litigation support services.
Previously, Richard was a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP in its Professional Standards Group (PSG). In this role, he consulted with clients and engagement teams on complex financial reporting matters and authored interpretive guidance on topics, such as consolidations, income taxes, leases, and revenue recognition, for Andersen's worldwide practice. He also represented the firm before various standards setters, including the FASB, the SEC, and the AICPA.
Richard has served as the chair or member of various Emerging Issues Task Force working groups on a wide array of topics, such as consolidation, leases, income taxes, and revenue recognition. He also was a member of the AICPA Taskforce on Reorganization that developed AICPA Practice Bulletin No. 11, Accounting for Preconfirmation Contingencies in Fresh-Start Reporting. Richard is currently a member of the AICPA™'s Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC).
From 1988 to 1990, Richard was a Practice Fellow at the FASB. He was the project manager for the reconsideration of FASB Statement No. 96, Accounting for Income Taxes, and FASB Statement No. 101, Regulated Enterprises' Accounting for the Discontinuation of Application of FASB Statement No. 71. He also worked on issues related to business combinations and leveraged buyouts.
Richard received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Nebraska and Illinois and is a member of the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society.