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Grant Casner, Manager with Regulatory, Deloitte & Touche LLP to Speak at KC’s Event on Accounting for Convertible Debt Instruments (CDIs) on 10/16/2008


New York, NY, October 08, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused webinars announced today that Grant Casner, Manager with Regulatory & Capital Markets Consulting of Deloitte & Touche LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webinar entitled: “Accounting for Convertible Debt Instruments (CDIs)”. This 2-hour event is scheduled on Thursday, October 16, 2008, at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit: http://www.knowledgecongress.org/event_2008_CDI.html)

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has recently completed its guidance regarding accounting for convertible debt instruments. The new guidance has in many cases changed certain advantages that convertible debt instruments used to offer. Companies should have a detailed understanding of the new guidance as it will undoubtedly result in significant reporting changes.

The Knowledge Congress is assembling a panel of distinguished professionals and key regulators to help you understand the new CDI guidance on your firm and the broader market. The speakers will present their expert opinions, which include best practices in a two-hour Live webinar.

About Grant Casner

Grant Casner is a Manager with Regulatory & Capital Markets Consulting at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Los Angeles. Grant serves in the Complex Accounting & Valuation practice, providing accounting consultation regarding financial instrument matters to Deloitte colleagues (client service professionals) as well as to non-attest relationship clients of the Firm. Grant also serves as a financial instrument and valuation subject matter resource to the Deloitte & Touche LLP audit practice.

Grant’s primary areas of responsibility include providing advisory services related to the fair value measurement and fair value option standards, accounting for complex structured financial transactions, including those involving convertible financial instruments, securitizations and hybrid financial instruments, accounting for transfers of financial assets, accounting for derivative instruments (including embedded derivatives) and hedging activities, and providing financial instrument valuation support.

In addition to the items described above, Grant has also participated in the development of services related to IFRS, particularly around those standards related to the accounting for financial instruments.

Prior to joining Regulatory & Capital Markets Consulting in September 2005, Grant spent three years in the Deloitte Audit Practice.

Grant received his B.A. in Economics with a Minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.

About Deloitte & Touche LLP

Deloitte & Touche (also referred to as Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and branded as Deloitte.) is the second largest professional services firm in the world, and one of the Big Four auditors, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and KPMG. In addition to its accounting practice, Deloitte is one of the largest business advisory firms in the world, providing strategic and operational management consulting, tax advisory, and financial advisory services to many of the world's largest companies.

It was previously known as Deloitte & Touche, which was formed by the merger of Touche Ross and Deloitte Haskins & Sells (outside of the UK) in 1990. The rebranding as simply Deloitte with a round green dot following the name was commissioned by John Connolly, the Senior Partner and Chief Executive of the UK firm, who challenged Enterprise IG in 2003 to develop a brand image that represented the new position of the organization in the marketplace; encompassing the "complete firm", offering accounting and consulting services whilst rival firms had divested their consulting operations.

For more information about Grant Casner and Deloitte & Touche LLP, please visit: http://www.deloitte.com.

About The Knowledge Congress

The Knowledge Congress is an organization that produces webinars that examine regulatory changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour LIVE webinars to study the impact of changing regulations.” To contact or to register for an event, please visit: www.knowledgecongress.org.

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