Why you should attend
An understanding of key accounting, financial and economic concepts, principles and terminology 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 nation’s top accounting, tax and advisory firms, major alternative asset managers and investment banks and leading law firms.
Case studies will be employed throughout the program to provide you with a practical perspective on how business transactions impact financial statements and offer “hands-on” experience with performing financial ratio calculations and analysis, comparisons of different capital structures, effective use of financial statement disclosures and footnotes, legal issues and use of valuations in M&A litigation, and more.
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
Who should attend
Attorneys and allied professionals who work with financial information or business transactions, whether in litigation, M&A transactions or as in-house counsel, will all benefit from this program.
Day One: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
9:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction
Philip J. Bach, Ziemowit T. Smulkowski
9:15 Overview of Relevant Accounting Frameworks and Sources of Information
- Accounting standards - U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), convergence and more
- SEC-registered and public company vs. private company accounting and reporting
- Other sources and uses of “financial” information
- Accounting vs. auditing – auditors’ responsibilities and levels of assurance
Philip J. Bach
10:15 Networking Break
10:30 A Look at Financial Statements
- Overview of the accounting process, roles and responsibilities, including an overview of internal financial reporting and accounting
- Overview and use of basic financial statements
- Select core accounting concepts, including:
- Cash vs. accrual accounting
- Fair value and mark-to-market
- Capital vs. operating
- Overview of the audit process, types of reports, roles and responsibilities of auditors and management
- Common-size statements, ratio analysis and trending analysis, including frequently used financial terms
Sonya Andreassen-Henderson, Teressa Barner
12:15 Lunch Break
Afternoon Session: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:30 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)
Ryan Buckley, Kimberly T. Smith, Ziemowit T. Smulkowski
2:30 Practical Elements of Finance
- Introduction to:
- Discounted cash flow (DCF)
- Net present value (NPV)
- Internal rate of return (IRR)
- Discount rate
- Economic modeling
- Supply and demand
- Market structure/definition
- Relationships between incentives, risk and interest rates
August “Jamie” H. Schupp, Tom Weidaw
3:45 Networking Break
4:00 Closing Business Transactions
- A detailed look at negotiation
- How to divide-and-conquer when working with an investment bank
- Common stumbling blocks to closing transactions
- Examination of “fringe” deal issues that often create transaction friction
- Non-disclosure agreements from the banker’s perspective
- Letters of intent
- Mechanics of closing
- Working capital adjustments
- Closing integration
Jason L. Booth
Day Two: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
9:00 Solvency, Restructuring and Bankruptcy
- Market overview
- “Going concern” analysis indicators, including:
• Restructuring options and process:
- Operational restructuring
- Financial restructuring
- Exit the business
- The importance of liquidity
- Cash flow forecasting
- Looking forward
Joseph Greenwood, Jill Nicholson
10:15 Networking Break
10:30 Business Valuation in Disputes and Transfer Pricing Considerations
- Overview of the current regulatory environment
- Introduction to valuation methodologies, including Cost, Income and Market approaches
- Insights on how to interpret and analyze valuation reports, including discussion of benefits and drawbacks of each approach
- Introduction to how transfer pricing impacts valuation, including discussion of intangible asset valuation and common tax authority challenges
Christy Loebach, Marenglen Marku, Steven J. Sherman
12:00 Lunch Break
Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:00 Integrated Performance Management
- Introduction to key performance management metrics and concepts, including:
- Gross margin (GM) and contribution margin
- Cost of goods sold (COGS) categories and concepts
- Profitability and operational ratio analysis
- Budgets, forecasts and pro forma analysis
- Overview of common expense structures, including fixed and variable items
- Inventory costing options and impact on profitability and comparability
Kelly Richmond Pope
2:30 Networking Break
2:45 Working With the General Counsel’s Office
- The role of the general counsel’s office in business transactions
- Managing relationships with business offices
- Identifying and mitigating risk
- Implementing and ensuring adherence to corporate governance, risk and compliance policies
- Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements: SEC, federal, state and international
- Advising senior management and boards of directors
Andrea Caplan Okun
3:45 Fraud, Regulatory Focus and the “Dark Side” of Performance Management
- Ethical challenges associated with performance management
- Fraud definition, schemes, and recent trends/developments
- How fraud schemes impact financial statements
- Internal controls, fraud awareness/prevention and governance
- Current regulatory and market factors, including anti-corruption efforts/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
(FCPA) and antitrust
- Investigations overview
Philip J. Bach, Gil M. Soffer
Philip J. Bach
~ Director, Forensic and Litigation Services, McGladrey LLP
~ Senior Manager, Economic and Valuation Services, KPMG LLP
Steven J. Sherman
~ Partner, Global Leader-Valuation Services, KPMG LLP, Chair, International Valuation Standards Board
Chicago Seminar Location
University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, Il 60611. (312) 464-8787.
Chicago Hotel Accommodations
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago, 505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. 800-628-2112. Please contact directly in order to receive the preferred rate. When calling, please mention PLI and the name of the program you are attending.
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 464-1000.
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