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Wausau, WI 54403




Brett D. Schwantes, CPA

Senior Manager

Brett Schwantes has over 20 years of experience working closely with financial institutions and is the leader of the Technical Issues Committee for the financial institutions practice of Wipfli LLP. He has received specialized training on accounting for a number of complex issues such as derivatives and fair value measurements of financial instruments, which has allowed him to better understand the unique problems and challenges this industry faces and to advise financial institutions on a variety of accounting and regulatory issues. Brett also consults with clients on the impact of new accounting standards and how best to implement them to avoid negative consequences whenever possible.

Brett shares his knowledge and understanding of current accounting trends and issues with other professionals through professional organization meetings, the WICPA Financial Institutions Conference, the Community Banking Advisory Network annual conference, and the annual Wipfli Community Banking Forums. In addition, he has authored several articles published by Wipfli that address new and technical accounting issues affecting the financial institution industry.


  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) - Member
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) - Member
  • WICPA Financial Institutions Conference - Planning Committee chair
  • Community Banking Advisory Network - Executive Committee member

Areas of Focus

  • Financial institution audit and accounting services
  • Investment company audits and examinations
  • SEC, FDICIA, HUD, and other regulatory reporting
  • Asset/liability analysis and assistance with interest rate swaps and other risk management tools


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting - Graduated summa cum laude

Recent Insights


CECL for nonbank entities: New models for estimating credit losses
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What the end of LIBOR means for financial institutions
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FASBs New standard for leases
Oct 21, 2020

COVID-19 increases focus on troubled debt restructurings
Apr 20, 2020

Getting ready for revenue recognition changes
Oct 31, 2019

Bank Capital Rule Changes
Apr 26, 2019

FI-New Revenue Recognition Guidance for Financial Institutions
Dec 18, 2018

A One-Time Opportunity to Reclassify Qualifying Securities Held to Maturity
Nov 04, 2018

CECL Methodologies Series: Discounted Cash Flow
Aug 27, 2018

CECL Methodologies Series: Probability of Default
Jun 19, 2018

CECL Methodologies Series: Remaining Life
Apr 24, 2018

FASB Simplifies Hedging Rules
Feb 27, 2018

Revenue Recognition for Financial Institutions
Dec 17, 2017

CECL Methodologies Series: Migration Analysis
Oct 29, 2017

CECL Methodologies Series: Vintage Loss Rate
Aug 24, 2017

CECL Methodologies Series: Cumulative Loss Rate
Jun 19, 2017

Some Big (And Not So Big) Changes Ahead
Apr 30, 2017

CECL: Getting Started
Mar 01, 2017

CECL Governance
Jan 01, 2017

Investigating CECL Methodologies
Nov 01, 2016

Measuring Credit Impairment of Financial Instruments
Sep 01, 2016

Revenue Recognition Update
Jul 01, 2016

Accounting for Contract Incentives
Jul 01, 2016

Why You Should Think Like an Auditor
May 02, 2016

FASBs New Standard for Financial Instruments
Mar 01, 2016

New Guidance for Public Business Entities
Jan 01, 2016