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Linda MacDonald, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting to Speak at KC’s Fair Value Measurements for Business Combinations and Impairment Testing Live Webcast

New York, NY, June 19, 2013 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Linda MacDonald, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Fair Value Measurements for Business Combinations and Impairment Testing LIVE Webcast.” This event is scheduled for September 30, 2013 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Linda MacDonald

Linda MacDonald is a senior managing director in the FTI Consulting Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice and is based in New York. Ms. MacDonald has nearly 25 years of professional experience in financial accounting and reporting. Since joining FTI Consulting in August 2008, Ms. MacDonald has served as a testifying and consulting expert in connection with various litigation matters, many involving the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and international financial reporting standards (IFRS) by financial institutions, hedge funds, and publicly held entities.

Ms. MacDonald joined FTI Consulting after nearly 12 years at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), where she was a director. While at the FASB as a director and before that as a project manager, she was involved in establishing U.S. accounting standards and coordinated with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in London on convergence with IFRS. She managed the projects that established the FASB’s accounting standards on fair value measurements (SFAS 157), restructuring obligations (SFAS 146), and asset impairments and disposal activities, including discontinued operations (SFAS 144), and advised on implementation of the standards after they were issued. She also was involved in various initiatives to address complexity in financial reporting, including the FASB’s initiative on principles-based standards.

Ms. MacDonald began her career as an auditor for a national public accounting firm (now Deloitte & Touche). She later joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, DC, where she was a member of the staff of the Division of Enforcement. While at the SEC, she worked on investigations into possible fraud and violations of GAAP and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) associated with the financial statements of public companies. After leaving the SEC, she held positions with national public accounting firms where she worked on litigation matters.

Ms. MacDonald holds an M.B.A in finance from American University and a B.A. in economics and management from Albion College, and is a certified public accountant. She is a former member of the Technical Standards Subcommittee of the AICPA Ethics Committee and of the AICPA Not-for-Profit Fair Value Task Force. She has been a frequent speaker on accounting topics at national industry and professional conferences and other events.

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. More information can be found at

Event Synopsis:

In an ever more complex economic environment, comptrollers, auditors, CPAs, finance executives and other related practitioners face considerable challenges when applying accounting standards related to fair value, business combinations and impairment testing. To avoid potential pitfalls, practitioners and preparers must need to be in the know with respect to the most significant issues regarding fair value measurements for business combinations and impairment testing. In this two-hour live webcast, panel members will offer a refresher and critical updates of these accounting rules. They will discuss: Fair Value Measurements (ASC 820/SFAS 157), Business Combinations and the Acquisition Method of Accounting, ASC 805 (SFAS 141R) and Impairment Testing Tips, ASC 350 and 360 (SFAS 142 and 144).

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The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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