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August 17, 2017


Senior Officials of the SEC to Deliver Keynote Address at Accountants’ Liability Conference


PHILADELPHIA, August 16, 2017.  American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) has announced that Accountants’ Liability 2017: Emerging Challenges Facing the Profession will be held on October 26 - 27, 2017, in Washington, DC. This course is the annual event that legal and accounting professionals attend to receive the most up-to-date information on changing laws, principles, strategies, and attitudes currently impacting the field of accountants' liability. 


The Accountants' Liability 2017 program will feature a nationally renowned faculty that include senior officials from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) officials as well as other leading industry practitioners. There will be special keynote addresses delivered by John Clayton, Chairman of the SEC, and Wesley Bricker, Chief Accountant of the SEC. Both senior officials will discuss the agency’s latest policy initiatives and challenges that lie ahead.


There will also be new panels this year: plaintiffs’ attorneys and defense counsel from the MF Global and Colonial case to discuss the high and low moments in litigation; a panel composed of internal and external counsel to discuss best practices in identifying and addressing independence issues stemming from personal relationships, T&E, the performance of non-audit services, and international affiliations and networks;

and a panel of industry experts who will explore major GAAP and GAAS issues. 


Additional topics to be addressed at the conference include: 

·       Top trends emerging from recent PCAOB inspections and inspection best practices 

·       The latest updates on the SEC's whistleblower program

·       Issues and strategies for using arbitration and mediation as dispute resolution tools 

·       Evolving ethical issues in advising accounting firm clients on document retention, discovery compliance, information requests, and confidentiality 


"As we head into a new administration and a continually evolving financial and regulatory landscape, the accounting profession continues to face new challenges from both regulators and litigants," said Planning Co-Chair, Veronica E. Callahan. "This course provides an excellent opportunity for attorneys, accountants, and in-house counsel to hear from senior staff from the SEC and PCAOB as well as leading practitioners as they address the latest litigation and regulatory developments. This year, we are especially honored to have Jay Clayton, Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Wesley R. Bricker, Chief Accountant, who will engage in a fireside chat to discuss the emerging issues confronting practitioners and their counsel today." 

To learn more about this program and to register for the in-person course or webcast, click here.

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