Financial Transactions and Services – Continuing Legal Education (With Substance Abuse and Legal Ethics Credit)


Financial Transactions and Financial Institutions + Financial Services

Morrison & Foerster LLP
555 West Fifth Street, Suite 3500
Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth E. Kohler

Kenneth E. Kohler


Stefanie Knapp

Morrison & Foerster is pleased to invite you to attend a free continuing legal education seminar on Thursday, January 15, 2009. This seminar will address legal issues facing financial institutions and financial service providers in today’s challenging environment.

Six separate one-hour sessions will be presented over a three-hour period beginning at 2:00 p.m. You may choose to attend up to three sessions (one hour each). Regardless of which sessions you select, program materials for all six sessions will be available. Following the seminar, we will host a reception for the speakers and attendees.

Choose up to three of the following sessions (one per section):

Section One     2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Session A   The Financial Crisis — Overview of Government Initiatives and Private Sector Response. This session will summarize the numerous governmental initiatives undertaken by the Treasury, Federal Reserve, FDIC, IRS, and others to respond to the unprecedented crisis in the financial, capital and credit markets.  This session will include a discussion of the impact of these initiatives on various market participants, including financial institutions, investment bankers, private equity funds and hedge funds. 

Session B   Current Issues in Real Estate Loan Workouts and Restructurings in a Time of Uncertainty.  Taking decisive action to deal with defaulting real estate finance transactions can be a daunting task.  This session will highlight some of the issues that lenders face in restructuring troubled loans in the current reality of real estate values, financing pricing and availability, and general economic instability. 

Section Two    3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Session A   Substance Abuse in the Workplace. Greg Dorst is a former prosecutor and defense attorney who currently works full time in the recovery field. He is a Certified Addiction Specialist, frequent lecturer on chemical dependency, and trainer of staff at recovery and treatment facilities. He is also the Southern California Consultant for the Other Bar.

Session B   How Financial Services and Other Businesses Will Be Affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's Current Caseload. This session, presented by the chair of the firm's Appellate Practice Group, will analyze some of the Supreme Court's most important pending cases and recent decisions in areas such as arbitration, federal preemption, and intellectual property, and their potential wide-ranging impact on business

Section Three   4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.

Session A   Ethics at Gitmo.  This session will feature a discussion by a partner in the firm who has actually been there.  From his unique perspective, Chuck Patterson will share his observations about ethical issues faced by attorneys representing detainees at Guantanamo, both in the United District Courts and before a Military Commission.

Session B   Recent Regulatory Developments.  This session provides an overview of several new regulatory changes and proposals that will affect financial institutions as they adapt to a new economic climate and anticipated heightened legislative and regulatory attention.

Beth Brinkmann
Greg Dorst, The Other Bar
Mark Gillett
Ken Kohler
Charles Patterson
Marc Young

Morrison & Foerster LLP (Provider #2183) certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State of California for a maximum of 3.0 hours.

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