Buchanans Financial Crisis Team Hosts Webinar: A Multi-level Examination of Our Economic Predicament

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /-USNewswire/ -- Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, October 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., to discuss issues pertaining to the nation's current financial situation from multiple perspectives.

    The panel will be facilitated by the firm's Financial Crisis Team chair, Frank A. Mayer III, who spent six years with the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation. "This capital and credit market crisis requires joint effort between the private and public sectors," Mayer explained. "With so many subject matter experts from different practice areas, our team can approach issues related to this financial crisis from every angle."

    The other panelists, also members of Buchanan's Financial Crisis Team, include: White-Collar Defense and Investigations shareholder Cynthia Monaco; former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Bill Thomas; special counsel Paul Quinn, a federal government relations professional with 45 years of legal and political experience in public policy advocacy; and several other policy experts.

    "One of history's lessons is that early and proper evaluation of exposure can protect institutions from the civil and criminal litigation that invariably follows in the wake of economic turbulence," explained Monaco, as to why companies might want to attend this webinar.

    Buchanan's Financial Crisis Team comprises attorneys with decades of experience in the financial services industry; senior litigators representing institutional, corporate and individual clients in white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations; and former members of Congress and governmental agencies involved in banking, tax and budget legislation.

    To participate in the webinar, go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/142990731 and register today. Attendance is limited. Participation is free and open to members of the financial services industry, investors and the media. For more information about Buchanan's Financial Crisis Team and its members, visit http://www.buchananingersoll.com.

    About the Panelists

    Frank A. Mayer III spent six years with the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation, where he provided legal oversight to bank and thrift conservatorships and receiverships, provided legal oversight to private sector asset servicers (Standard Asset Management Disposition Agreement (SAMDA)) contractors, litigated complex multi-state financial institution-related civil actions, counseled it on FOIA matters, and was one of the first Settlement Work Out Asset Team (SWAT) attorneys with $100 million co-delegated authority. He was also on the Bank Fraud Working Group and provided advice concerning international fraud matters out of FDIC bank assistance agreements.

    Cynthia Monaco served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit during that court's consideration of changes to the treatment of loan participations by financial institutions. She then served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States after which she entered private practice and represented central figures in the Savings and Loan crisis. Monaco was an assistant United States attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for more than a decade. She also served as deputy chief and then acting chief of the Long Island Criminal Division, where she oversaw investigations and prosecutions of complex white-collar, securities fraud, corporate fraud and criminal tax cases. Among her responsibilities, she also served as the Eastern District's bankruptcy fraud coordinator, supervising the investigation of fraud referred by the judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court. She has been involved in significant investigations, prosecutions and trials involving criminal charges in the securities and foreign currency markets, banking and financial services area and construction, shipping and import-export industries. She has extensive experience with investigations of corporations centered on securities, accounting, government contract, and health care fraud.

    Bill Thomas, former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was responsible for reforming Medicare legislation, nearly $2 trillion in tax relief and the recently approved Pension Protection Act, which requires employers to fully fund their pension obligations and prevents employers from using bankruptcy to walk away from pension obligations. He also led efforts to reduce the tax burden on small businesses, manufacturers and other job creators through a new tax deduction for domestic manufacturing activities; enhanced Section 179 expensing for small businesses; and international tax reforms to make U.S.-based companies that operate abroad more competitive.

    With regard to health care, Thomas chaired the conference committee for the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003, which created the Medicare prescription drug benefit and made critical reforms to help ensure that Medicare is available in the future. During his six years as chairman, Bill helped the president attain trade promotion authority and guided seven free trade agreements through Congress. He also created an energy tax package aimed at strengthening the nation's existing energy infrastructure while promoting alternative energy sources.

    Paul Quinn has represented large and small companies, individuals, foreign governments, trade associations and universities on a range of political, legislative and regulatory issues. He provides strategic government and business counseling including the design and implementation of political and legislative strategies and the monitoring of federal and state administrative, legislative, regulatory and political developments. He has organized and coordinated coalition efforts to deal with the legislative and executive branch initiatives, which have included generating grass roots support.

    About the Firm

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has more than 500 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing throughout the United States, with multiple offices in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as offices in Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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