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Mark Scoles, Partner, Grant Thornton to Speak at KC’s Event on Accounting for Convertible Debt Instruments (CDIs) on 10/16/2008

New York, NY, October 08, 2008 --( The Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused webinars announced today that Mark Scoles, Partner of Grant Thornton 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:

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 Mark Scoles

Mark Scoles is a partner in the Accounting Principles Group of Grant Thornton LLP with over twenty years of experience in public accounting. He is responsible for technical matters relating to accounting, auditing, and the SEC practice with emphasis on transfers of financial assets, financial instruments and derivatives, fair value measurements, and debt and equity arrangements. Mark has assisted a number of audit partners and their clients in a variety of accounting and financial reporting matters. Prior to rejoining Grant Thornton in 1998, Mark had seven years of management experience with a national real estate financial services company.

Mark served three years as a member of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also served as a member of the Technical Standards Subcommittee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Division of Professional Ethics.

Mark is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Through member firms in over 80 countries, including 50 offices in the United States, the partners and employees of Grant Thornton International Ltd member firms provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients around the globe.

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About The Knowledge Congress

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