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David T. Buente, Partner, of Sidley Austin LLP to Speak at KC’s Event on FAS 5: Accounting for Contingencies and Environmental Liabilities Live Webcast on 11/06/2009

New York, NY, September 11, 2009 --( The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcast announced today that David T. Buente, Partner, of Sidley Austin LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webcast entitled: “FAS 5: Accounting for Contingencies and Environmental Liabilities Live Webcast”. This 2-hour event is scheduled on November 06, 2009, Friday, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit:

As executive and legislative initiatives focus more on environmental protection, accounting rules have also been evolving to achieve more transparency in terms of how companies treat and estimate environmental liabilities. Many questions arise: How will different industries now need to account for their practices? Will they have to spend higher for environmental expenses? Will this impact market capitalization? What can you do to increase transparency, conform to current standards, and alleviate risks?

This webcast produced by The Knowledge Group, will discuss how common accounting problems relate to environmental issues and how FAS 5, Accounting for Contingencies, can be applied to regulating environmental liabilities. This event will provide critical, timely updates and should be considered a must attend event for anyone interested in Accounting for Contingencies and Environmental Liabilities issues. The regulations affect companies of all sizes. This event is highly recommended for companies who have any environmental risk exposure and for companies that may be involved in M&A activity in the near future.

About David T. Buente

David T. Buente, JR. is the head of the firm’s environmental group and represents clients in complex federal environmental litigation, legislative and rulemaking matters, with an emphasis on Clean Air Act, Superfund, environmental criminal and toxic tort matters. Mr. Buente joined the firm in 1990 from the U.S. Department of Justice where he was the Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division from 1985 to 1990, directing all federal civil and criminal environmental enforcement litigation. Prior to that, he handled a broad range of federal environmental trial and appellate litigation for EPA and other federal agencies as a Justice Department trial attorney and also served with the Interior Department and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Buente has represented a number of corporations in complex federal environmental enforcement matters with Justice and EPA, including American Electric Power, Cinergy, General Electric, Georgia Pacific, Ford Motors, Honeywell and Tysons Food, and advised a number of trade associations on diverse environmental issues. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Sections on Environment, Energy and Resources and on Litigation, has served as Vice-Chair on numerous ABA Committees and is currently Vice-Chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee.

Mr. Buente has been cited in a number of surveys of private sector lawyers, including: Chambers USA Leading Lawyers (ranked tier one), and Who’s Who Legal USA: Environment.

About Sidley Austin LLP

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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 webcasts 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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