"Greed, Recklessness and the Meltdown:
Will Financial Reform Save Us from Ourselves"
A Town Hall Discussion with SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar, PCAOB Member Steve Harris, Former SEC Chief Accountant Lynn Turner and Securities Attorney David Zisser
Thursday, September 23
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
June Swaner Gates Concert Hall
Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Reception to follow. CPE credits available. Visitor parking will be available in the Newman Center parking garage. For more information, contact Haven Smith .
The U.S. and many of the world’s economies continue to suffer from the most catastrophic economic crisis in 80 years. Americans have suffered massive job losses, the depletion of trillions of dollars of wealth and now endure the continued hardship that accompanies profound economic disruption.
The roots of the meltdown are varied. What went wrong and of equal importance, will the recent Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation prevent massive financial and economic shocks in the future? These and other related questions will be critically analyzed by SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar, PCAOB Board Member Steven Harris, Lynn Turner, former SEC Chief Accountant, and David Zisser, a prominent Denver securities and white collar crime defense counsel.
Commissioner Aguilar has a long and distinguished career as an attorney and investment company executive. Prior to his appointment to the SEC in July, 2008, Commissioner Aguilar was a partner with McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, an international law firm. He has been repeatedly named in editions as one of the Best Lawyers in America®.
Steven Harris was unanimously appointed to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board PCAOB) by the SEC in June, 2008. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Harris was Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee under Chairman Paul Sarbanes. During his tenure, his was instrumental in the creation and passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Mr. Turner has long been on the front line of accounting and financial reform. As the SEC Chief Accountant, he spearheaded many reform initiatives for SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt. He has consulted with or testified before numerous Congressional committees and financial groups and is well known for his plain-spoken views on the weaknesses of financial reporting and regulation.
Mr. Zisser is a veteran defense counsel who has been consistently named as a Colorado Super Lawyer. He has successfully represented clients in securities matters before the SEC, FINRA and various state securities commissions. In 2010, he was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America® and is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer.
The program will include ample time for questions and refreshments will be served. No cost CPE and CLE credits will be available to participants. This presentation is sponsored by the School of Accountancy in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.