New York, NY, October 15, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused webinars announced today that Lewis Ferguson, Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webinar entitled: “Understanding Rule 3526”. This 2-hour event is scheduled on Thursday, November 20, 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_3526.html)
The PCAOB has adopted Rule 3526. This new regulation will govern the relationship between audit committees and their independence. Specifically, registered firms will have to describe in detail the nature of their relationship with the company and any potential conflicts which would affect the firm's independence. Companies that provide auditing services should have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of this new guidance.
The Knowledge Congress is assembling a panel of distinguished professionals and key regulators to help understand the impact of the new guidelines on the auditing/accounting firms and companies that are most affected by them. The speakers will present their expert opinions in a two-hour LIVE Webinar.
About Lewis Ferguson
Lewis H. Ferguson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm's Securities Regulation and Corporate Transactions practice groups. Mr. Ferguson's practice focuses on the representation of accounting and auditing firms and their employees, securities regulation and disclosure issues and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Ferguson joined the firm in 2007 after serving for more than three years as the first General Counsel of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. At the PCAOB, Mr. Ferguson was in charge of all legal affairs and was involved in drafting the PCAOB's rules and regulations and auditing standards, including auditing standards for the audit of internal controls. He also oversaw the successful defense of litigation against the PCAOB challenging the constitutionality of the organization and of the Sarbanes Oxley Act itself.
Prior to joining the PCAOB in 2004, Mr. Ferguson was a partner in another Washington, D.C. firm where he specialized in corporate transactions, securities enforcement matters and representation of audit committees and boards of directors. From 1994 to 1998, he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Director of Wright Medical Technology, a medical device company. He has also been a director of a number of public and private companies, mainly in the medical device and technology areas.
For a number of years, Mr. Ferguson was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law School. He received his B.A. degree cum laude with High Honors in Politics and Economics from Yale College in 1966 and a B.A. and M.A. degree from Cambridge University (King's College) which he attended on a fellowship. In 1971, he received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Ferguson clerked for the Hon. Frank J. Murray, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. He is a frequent speaker on accounting and auditing matters and the relationship between corporations, regulators and auditors at industry, legal and media-sponsored conferences.
About Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm. Consistently ranking among the world's top law firms in industry surveys and major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today's global marketplace with 950 lawyers and 15 offices in major cities throughout the United States and Europe. Committed to providing the highest quality legal services to its clients. Gibson Dunn's representative clients include some of the world's largest multinational corporations in all major industries, leading government entities, commercial and investment banks, start-up ventures, emerging growth businesses, partnerships and individuals.
For more information about Lewis Ferguson and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, please visit: http://www.gibsondunn.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.