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M. Ridgway Barker, Partner and Chair of Corporate Finance, Withers to Speak at The Knowledge Groupís Live Webcast


New York, NY, January 12, 2017 --(PR.com)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that M. Ridgway Barker, Partner and Chair of Corporate Finance, Withers will speak at a 2-hour webcast entitled “Crowdfunding Rules & Regulations in 2017: What Every Attorney Should Know” This two-hour event is scheduled on January 11, 2017 @ 12:00pm - 12:00pm ET.

Event Summary:

Over the years, crowdfunding has gained popularity as a business investment, especially in companies that could not secure traditional financing. Active global crowdfunding platforms have generated billions of dollars that led to key innovations. However, before investors decide to participate in federal crowdfunding offerings, it is crucial that they understand the murky waters of investing in early-stage startups and are aware of the protections in place for non-accredited investors. Crowdfunding is certainly here to stay and will continue to grow in the next few years. Now, more than ever, businesses need to rely on their attorneys to guide them through the entire process to make sure that the legal aspects are well-covered.

In this two-hour live webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will offer an in-depth discussion of the recent issues and updates involving crowdfunding. Speakers will also offer practical tips on how eligible companies can successfully navigate the federal crowdfunding rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as well as managing the compliance costs and risks associated with entering the world of federal securities regulation.

Key Topics:

· Crowdfunding: Recent Trends and Developments
· Consumer and Investor Crowdfunding
· Impact of JOBS Act to Crowdfunding
· Impact of Regulation A+ to Crowdfunding
· Scope and Limitation
· Regulation Crowdfunding
· Advantages and Disadvantages
· Risks and Legal Obligations
· Practical Tips on Preparing the Business for A Successful Offering
· Trends Outlook

About M. Ridgway “Ridge” Barker

Ridge focuses on corporate finance and securities law, advising on capital market matters (IPOs and other registered offerings, SPACs, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, asset securitizations and credit facilities), corporate governance, asset securitizations, debt financing, venture capital transactions, among other areas. He acts as the trusted advisor for small to medium-sized public and private companies across a range of legal needs. In addition to routine day-to-day legal matters, he regularly represents clients on matters relating to public, private and semi-public equity and debt financing mechanisms; and domestic and international, both public and private. His clients span industries ranging from telecommunications and manufacturing to chemical and retail.

Ridge has broad experience in a variety of legal as well as financial, accounting and supervisory roles involving corporate finance, corporate and strategic transactions and development activities, executive compensation, operations and corporate governance.

Ridge's transactional work ranges from opportunity creation, investigation and development through structuring, analysis, negotiation, problem solving, closing and post-transaction implementation. He has used total quality concepts to maximize transaction values and minimize transaction costs.

About Withers

Withers is a leading international law firm for global businesses, their equity and debt stakeholders, and the executives who manage them. The firm consists of over 160 partners supported by more than 900 people across 17 strategically located offices around the world. Our firm operates across multiple legal disciplines, time zones and jurisdictions and is dedicated to the creation, maintenance and enhancement of business to provide truly global integrated solutions tailored to our clients' needs. A key strength is our ability to operate across borders knitting together the laws of different jurisdictions, overcoming cultural differences and communicating in many languages.

Our clients include major corporations (both public & private), private equity firms & private equity-controlled platform companies, owner-managed & family-owned businesses, private & institutional investors, entrepreneurs, angel & VC investors, financial institutions, charitable organizations, as well as corporate executives individually.

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. Its mission is to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webcasts 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.

The organization brings together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcasts to study the impact of changes and emerging trends. Hear from leading government officials/regulators, key thought leaders, and industry experts objectively analyze the latest trends and issues and their impact on industries.
Contact Information
The Knowledge Group
Thomas LaPointe, Jr., Executive Director
646-844-0200
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www.theknowledgegroup.org
Therese Lumbao, Director
Account Management & Member Services
tlumbao@knowledgecongress.org

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