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PLI's Pocket MBA: Finance for Lawyers

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

04:00 AM BST - 04:00 AM BST

PLI presents its "Pocket MBA" program for Fall 2011 to offer an understanding of key accounting, financial and economic concepts, principles and terminology that will contribute to your ability to interact with and advise your clients with their critical issues.  The ability to identify and appropriately use financial and accounting information is relevant to a wide range of legal and regulatory matters for both external and in-house attorneys.  Litigators and transactional attorneys alike will benefit from this practical course designed specifically for the non-accountant attorney and taught by members of the nations top accounting, tax and advisory firms, major alternative asset managers and investment banks and leading law firms.

What You Will Learn

• Review and refine your knowledge and understanding of foundational finance, accounting and economics terminology and principles• Enhance your ability to navigate and understand the basic financial statements -- the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and statement of owners equity• Become more familiar with core accounting concepts like mark to market/fair value accounting, cash vs. accrual accounting, impairment assessments,  revenue recognition, and valuation methodologies• Examine key corporate finance concepts, including financial ratios and analysis• Expand your perspective on international accounting and finance considerations• Gain an understanding of schemes used to perpetrate financial frauds

Paul Hastings partners Brian Richards and Ziemowit Smulkowski are featured speakers for this two-day seminar.

October 17, 2011 - Day One1:30 pm - 2:30 pm "Capital Structure"• Introduction and overview of capital structure (including definitions and key drivers)• Common corporate transactions• Financing options debt, equity, hybrids, and derivatives• Sources of funding• Select analytics (including weighted average cost of capital (WACC), leverage ratios, and financial flexibility, including the importance of maturities and liquidity)Stephen Miles, Brian F. Richards, Ziemowit T. Smulkowski

October 18, 2011 - Day Two4:00 pm - 5:00 pm "Hot Topics and Trends in Finance"• Recent and anticipated changes in accounting rules• Current industry and client challenges• Regulatory and enforcement trends• Areas of interest to boards of directors and audit committees and new developments in governanceSonya Andreassen-Henderson, Ziemowit T. Smulkowski , Donna F. Zarcone

For more information and to register, visit the PLI website here.

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