Where The Wild Things Are… FEI’s CFRI Conference Next Week NYC

I’m off to NYC next week to cover FEI’s Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference.

In addition to spending some time with my friend and technical guru, Edith Orenstein, I hope to see even more people at some formal and informal gatherings.

It’s been a while since I last visited New York. Time and money are required to travel the country looking for stories. Fortunately, many interesting people pass through Chicago on a regular basis.

But it’s always better to get out and about and compare notes with other financial journalists and bloggers.

Update: I’ve just received my press pass for Directorship’s Boardroom Leaders Forum, also here in NYC tonight and tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to catching a panel on litigation and the keynote address by Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs:

CEO of the Year Keynote & How the Fortune 500 CEOs view Global M&A Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, has been named 2009 CEO of the Year and his firm, Goldman Sachs, as the best performing and best governed company in the Fortune 500, according to Directorship’s annual survey of readers and editorial advisory council. At our  luncheon, Blankfein will address a national assembly of leading board directors, chief executives, and investors on the most pressing issues facing business today, including his views on risk management, corporate governance, and the prospects for recovery and growth. Following the CEO of the Year keynote, we have arranged a panel of CEOs and other experts to discuss their views on global M&A, antitrust issues, and how the cconomic outlook will affect strategic decisions.

Some of the sessions at the conference I will be focusing on for detailed blog posts are:

Keynote Address November 16, 2009 :: 8:30am – 9:20am
Politics, Policy and the Economy: What Issues on Capitol Hill Mean for Main Street and Wall Street
Ron Insana, Senior Analyst, CNBC
Concurrent Session B November 16, 2009 1:50pm – 3:05pm
Implementation Issues Surrounding Accounting for Business Combinations
Moderator: Pascal Desroches, Senior Vice President and Deputy Controller, TimeWarner
Panelists: Kristofer Anderson, Valuation Fellow, Financial Accounting Standards Board
Stamos Nicholas, Principal, National Business Valuation Services, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Amy A. Ripepi, Managing Director, Financial Reporting Advisors LLC
Concurrent Session E November 16, 2009 3:35pm – 4:50pm (A session on “fair value” with representatives from both GE and Citigroup?  Should be interesting…)
Technical session on “What is new in Fair Value”
Moderator: Mitch Danaher, Deputy Comptroller, General Electric Company
Panelists: Don Charles, National Director for Valuation Services, Ernst & Young LLP
Brett Dooley, Managing Director, Accounting Policy, Citigroup
Janet Pegg, Managing Director, Accounting Analyst, UBS Investment Research
SEC Update November 17, 2009 9:35am – 10:50am
Moderator: Jamie Miller, Vice President and Controller, General Electric Company
Panelists: Wayne Carnall, Chief Accountant, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
James Kroeker, Chief Accountant, Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Q&A with the FASB and the SEC November 17, 2009 11:20am – 12:35pm
Moderator: Arnold C. Hanish, Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, Eli Lilly and Company
Panelists: Wayne Carnall, Chief Accountant, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Russ Golden, Technical Director, Financial Accounting Standards Board
James Kroeker, Chief Accountant, Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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