Accounting for Lawyers (Original Live Program Date: 6/23/09)
No matter what an attorney's more specific area of practice, the ability to read and understand basic financial information adds value to delivering high-quality services to clients. Accounting for Lawyers is designed for all lawyers who need and want to gain a clearer understanding of accounting and financial statements and the use of such information in real-life practice situations. Offering both a traditional step-by-step instruction on the basics of the financial statements, as well as an in-depth, practical case study, the course offers the practicing lawyer the skills to read and interpret accounting and financial statements as it may apply to diverse professional matters.
This program provides 4.0 credits in professional practice
An Introduction to Futures and Derivatives: Practice and Regulation (Original Live Program Date: 5/18/07)
This program will provide an introduction to the regulation, trading and documentation of exchange-traded futures contracts and over-the-counter (OTC) financial derivatives. It will examine the key federal statutes affecting the futures and OTC derivatives industries, namely, the Commodity Exchange Act, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as certain important exemptions and exclusions from the federal statutory scheme. It will also examine recent documentation initiatives, litigation, regulatory developments and enforcement actions relevant to a wide range of market participants, including OTC derivatives dealers, futures commission merchants, financial institutions, hedge funds, pension funds, corporations and others.
Provides 4.5 credits in professional practice
Credit Derivatives & Bankruptcy Law: What the Securities, Finance & Bankruptcy Practitioner Needs to Know About These Products (Original Live Program Date: 3/10/09)
An expert panel will present a practical guide to credit default swap (CDS) transactions and markets and their possible impact on fundamental debtor-creditor relationships. The focus of which will be in the context of a bankruptcy or workout concerning a CDS's reference obligor. The panel will examine the structure and trading of so called "single-name" CDS, which reference specific corporations or other obligors, as well as index products and CDS based on asset-backed securities. It will also explain the relevant legal and regulatory framework within which CDS trading occurs, including securities and commodities laws, and explore relevant aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring rules and processes.
This program provides 2.5 credits in professional practice
Hedge Funds in the Current Environment (Original Live Program Date: 4/22/09)
It has been a time of unprecedented change for hedge funds. After explosive growth the hedge fund industry has contracted substantially due to the financial crisis. In addition, over the past year there have been fund liquidations, lawsuits by investors, SEC enforcement actions and investigations, fraud committed on hedge funds and speculation as to coming regulation. The industry is clearly in transition.
This course will provide an overview of the rules related to operating a hedge fund. Faculty will discuss how to avoid problems in the enforcement environment and provide best practices for protecting hedge fund advisers from liability. The registration process, requirements applicable to registered advisers and operating issues involving hedge funds will be examined. Finally, top practitioners and regulators will discuss their views on hedge fund issues.
Hedge Funds: Formation, Operation, & Compliance (Original Live Program Date: 9/7/07)
The hedge fund industry has grown exponentially over the past few years and particular hedge funds have been making headline news for both good and bad reasons. The industry has attracted the attention of investors and regulators more than ever.
This course will provide an overview of the rules related to operating a hedge fund. Faculty will discuss how to avoid problems in the enforcement environment and provide best practices for protecting hedge fund advisers from liability. The registration process, requirements applicable to a registered advisers and operating issues involving hedge funds will be examined. Finally, top practitioners and representatives of the SEC will discuss the SEC's views on hedge fund issues.
Although this program is intended for professionals in the hedge fund industry, as well as experienced lawyers who practice in hedge funds, lawyers who are interested in developing hedge fund expertise will also benefit.
Negotiating and Documenting Derivatives Transactions (Original Live Program Date: 10/16/08)
This program will provide an overview of legal aspects of the negotiation and documentation of derivatives transactions, beginning with the basics and continuing to more advanced negotiation points and current "hot issues."
Structuring and Negotiating Private Equity Investments
This program will provide an overview of the contractual, regulatory, tax and economic issues involved in structuring and negotiating private equity investments from a private equity fund perspective. It will cover basic private equity fund structures and terms, their impact on private equity investments, and associated tax and regulatory issues facing private equity fund investors. In addition to addressing private equity fund structures and issues, topics covered will include co-investment structures and direct private equity transactions, primary and secondary investments in private equity funds, as well as 'direct secondary' investments. The program will also address issues and considerations arising under the US Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the US Securities Act of 1933, the US Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974, and relevant US and non-US tax considerations. Finally, the program will cover recent trends and developments affecting the private equity investment market in light of recent economic and regulatory developments.
The Basics of Real Estate Lending(Original Live Program Date: 7/17& 7/24/07)
This basics program will provide an overview of real estate-related loans, including mortgage portfolio loans, securitized loans, mezzanine loans, and construction loans. The speakers will cover, among other things, the application and commitment process, lender concerns, borrower concerns, negotiation hot spots, bankruptcy issues, special purpose entities, and loan opinions.