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Walter G. Ricciardi, Partner, Paul, Weiss to Speak at KCís Event on IFRS is Back! Interpretations, Implementation, & Adoption Explained on 10/29/09

New York, NY, July 02, 2009 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts has announced today that Walter G. Ricciardi, Partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “IFRS is Back! Interpretations, Implementation, & Adoption Explained”. This event is scheduled for October 29, 2009, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT. (For further details, please visit:

Event Synopsis:

With the markets recovering from the recent economic tsunami, IFRS once again moves to front and center on the radar scope of many companies. The actual adoption will likely be an incredibly complex multi-phased, multi-team effort involving the coordination of compliance officers, accounting & finance, legal, information technology, investor relations and business development teams. The Knowledge Group has assembled a team of key thought leaders and experts to help make sense of the most important issues.

This live webcast will feature an end-to-end discussion on convergence. The panel will reevaluate the Roadmap in light of the changing economic landscape. They will discuss enforcement issues and how to consistently interpret principles and how to cope with the lack of detailed guidance. This will also offer pragmatic solutions to the most critical issues and lead a detailed discussion on what’s in the pipeline regarding major standards at the FASB and the IASB. This live webcast will feature a bonus discussion about how the closest neighbor and largest trading partner Canada has addressed the issues that their US counterparts are only beginning to grapple with. The panel of key thought leaders will address convergence form a number of perspectives: accounting, regulatory, policy, technical, & corporate and will feature, among others, a panel from the Senior Director of Technical Accounting and Reporting from one of the world’s largest corporations.

Join this webcast to have a solid working knowledge of the most critical issues with respect to convergence and its impact on your firm. Advanced registration is suggested as space is limited.

About Walter G. Ricciardi

A partner in the Litigation Department, Walter G. Ricciardi focuses his practice on securities litigation and white-collar and regulatory defense.

Mr. Ricciardi joined Paul, Weiss from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he had been the deputy director of the Division of Enforcement since October 2005. In that capacity, he was a leader in planning and directing the Commission's investigations and other enforcement efforts, and handled many of the Commission’s highest profile investigations and proceedings. From April 2004 to April 2006, Mr. Ricciardi also served as the district administrator of the Boston office of the SEC, where he led the Commission’s enforcement and regulatory programs in the New England region.

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Ricciardi spent 20 years with Coopers & Lybrand and its successor, PricewaterhouseCoopers. He rose to become Coopers & Lybrand’s deputy general counsel, and following the merger was appointed leader of the Litigation Practice Group for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Throughout his career at Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Ricciardi was responsible for representing the firm and its personnel in connection with securities litigation, SEC and other governmental investigations and proceedings. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Ricciardi was elected by the firm's partners and served as a member of the firm's Board, which is responsible for overseeing the management of the firm. He was also elected to and served on the Global Oversight Board of the global organization of the PricewaterhouseCoopers firms.

Mr. Ricciardi received his A.B. from Columbia College in 1975 and his J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law in 1978, where he served as the note and comment editor of the New York University Law Review. Upon completing law school, Mr. Ricciardi clerked from 1978 to 1980 for the Honorable Charles R. Richey of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

About Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 500 lawyers, with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas and interests, who collaborate with clients to help them conquer their most critical legal challenges and business goals. Our long-standing clients include many of the largest publicly and privately held corporations and financial institutions in the United States and throughout the world. We continue to serve as counsel to numerous start-up companies and investment funds, and over the years have nurtured many through their growth into industry players. While Paul, Weiss is widely recognized as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, the firm has developed equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law.

As a firm we have long maintained an unwavering dedication to representing those in need, and our pro bono efforts continue to benefit individuals and society as a whole in profound ways. We have long been a leader in promoting diversity within our firm and the legal profession, and have been acknowledged by distinguished organizations for our efforts.

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About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcast that study the impact of changing regulations and help businesses succeed through proper regulatory compliance.” To contact or to register to an event, please visit:

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