November 17, 2003

Ending the Year with a

We have three important webcasts coming up to end the year – first is the one tommorrow with John Huber of Latham & Watkins and Teri Iannaconi of KPMG on the practical implications of internal controls and all the other procedures that companies must put in place now (you can download the PowerPoint for this program now if you wish).

The other two webcasts are “back-to-back” in early December – Ron Mueller of Gibson Dunn, Karl Groskaufmanis of Fried Frank and Stacey Geer of BellSouth dissect new due diligence and drafting practices behind “The New MD&A” on December 10th.

Last – but not least – on December 11, we have a very practical examination of how companies are actually responding to the new SRO governance requirements. This will not be a recital of what are the new rules (the reason why I did not ask NYSE/Nasdaq reps to join the panel).

Rather, this will be inhouse lawyers explaining what their companies have actually done and why. This program – “The New Governance Listing Standards” – includes inhouse experts from both NYSE and Nasdaq companies. This webcast will ooze with practice pointers.

If you are not a subscriber, you can gain access to all three of these webcasts for free if you enter into a “no-risk” trial for 2004 (“no-risk” meaning you can obtain a refund at any time during ’04 – no questions asked). For those of you in law firms, check out the advantages of our new “firmwide” license.

Q&A with Alan Beller

Arguably the best part of the PLI Securities Law Institute is when the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance answers questions during a brown bag lunch on the second day of the conference.

During this session this year, Director Alan Beller answered 17 questions – members of TheCorporateCounsel can read notes with those questions and answers in our notes from “Lunch with Alan Beller.”

The IT Industry Gets to Work on Internal Controls just posted an interesting article on how the IT industry is looking to help companies reach compliance with the new internal controls requirements.