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Joel Trotter, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP to Speak at KC’s Event on Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Live Webcast on 1/28/10

New York, NY, January 24, 2010 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts has announced today Joel Trotter, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webcast entitled: “Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Live Webcast” This 2-hour event is scheduled for January 28, 2010, Thursday, at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit:

Event Synopsis:

The Global Financial meltdown had ushered in a flurry of goodwill impairment activity this year and some experts think this could get even worse in Q4. Most North American firms have opted to “take the pain” via a full impairment charges all at once while their European counterparts have decided to whittle it down via many smaller charges hoping for a market rebound. It’s believed that US companies are taking the one time hits mainly because of possibility of SEC enforcement action. In any event, it’s clear on both sides of the pond that with values declining and the cost of refinancing steadily rising, valuations is a tough business.

The Knowledge Group is putting together a panel of distinguished professionals and experts who will help examine the approaches including the good, the bad, & the ugly of each. Join this live webcast to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding goodwill impairment in these turbulent financial times.

About Joel Trotter

Joel Trotter is the Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and general corporate matters. Mr. Trotter represents major New York Stock Exchange listed companies and counsels both issuers and underwriters in the public offering process and in corporate compliance matters involving SEC reporting and disclosure requirements. He also serves as special counsel for boards of directors, audit committees and special committees on governance issues, corporate crises and business combination proposals.

Mr. Trotter is the co-author of the chapters of The Practitioner's Guide To The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (American Bar Association) on “Disclosure of Internal Control over Financial Reporting” and “Corporate Internal Investigations after Sarbanes-Oxley” and is a contributor to Securities Law Techniques (Matthew Bender). He has also published articles on securities law issues in Insights and The Corporate Governance Advisor and has authored multiple Client Alerts on topics including the SEC’s securities offering reform rules and financial statement staleness requirements.

Mr. Trotter was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and, during law school, served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.

About Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins is a leader in corporate finance, capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and complex business litigation. With more than 2,000 lawyers practicing in 28 offices, Latham is one of the few law firms capable of working seamlessly across both geographic and practice boundaries to deliver top quality representation worldwide. Latham’s dedicated advisory team supports clients across the globe with respect to US capital markets and M&A transactional matters; public company SEC reporting and proxy matters; SOX compliance ; foreign private issuer SEC compliance; corporate investigations; and litigation involving SEC enforcement, private securities litigation, M&A and takeover contests or other federal securities law issues.

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

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