Three legal experts will discuss “Big Deals and Big Trouble,” a program addressing the ethical and liability issues facing attorneys representing businesses in complex transactions, at the University of Richmond School of Law Feb. 16, 5 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.

Sponsored by the Madison Inn Chapter of Phi Delta Phi, the program is approved for 2.0 Virginia CLE ethics credits. Registration is required, and CLE forms will be available at the door.

The speakers will summarize applicable ethical rules, SEC practice rules and selected federal securities law. They will consider hypothetical questions, including Enron-like transactions, securities disclosures by a financial firm during the credit meltdown, and a revenue recognition issue on a bill-and-hold sale. The presentation will raise serious questions in complicated settings where the events can unfold over time and the attorney’s knowledge of the accounting and full business reasons for a deal is incomplete.

The speakers include:

• Thomas E. Spahn, partner at McGuire Woods in Richmond, chairman of the Virginia Bar Association’s Commission on Professionalism and a member of the Virginia Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee and the Virginia Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

• Michael J. Halloran, partner at Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, in Washington, D.C., former general counsel of the Bank of America Corp., and recent counselor to the chairman and deputy chief of staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

• William O. Fisher, assistant professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and principal author of the Significant Caselaw Developments section of the American Bar Association’s “Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation” for the last eight years.

To register for the event contact Anne Major at amajor@richmond.edu or 804 289-8638 by Feb. 12.




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