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Baruch College Hosts 12th Annual Financial Reporting Conference

Speakers include SEC Chief Accountant Paul Beswich, FASB Chair Leslie Seidman and PCAOB Board Member Jay Hanson

NEW YORK, NY - March 26, 2013  The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College will host the 12th Annual Financial Reporting Conference for accounting, business and media professionals. The day-long event will enable professionals to interact with policy setters from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Accounting Standards Board. It is scheduled Thursday, May 2, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., in the Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-220, located at 55 Lexington Avenue.

Speakers include SEC Chief Accountant Paul Beswick, FASB Chair Leslie Seidman, and PCAOB Board Member Jay Hanson, who will deliver the keynote address. Other professionals will discuss critical financial issues including revenue recognition, leases and financial instruments, current developments at the SEC and in the private sector and GAAP for non-public companies.


7:30-8:15 a.m.:  Registration and Breakfast


8:15-8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction: Mitchel Wallerstein, President, Baruch College; Norman Strauss, Ernst and Young Executive Professor-in-Residence


8:30-9:15 a.m.:  Paul Beswick, Chief Accountant, Office of the Chief Accountant, SEC; Leslie Seidman, Chairman, FASB


9:15-10:45 a.m.: Panel 1: The Big Three Convergence Projects Revenue Recognition, Leases and Financial Instruments: Paul Beswick, Chief Accountant, SEC; Katherine Gill-Charest-Controller, Viacom; Jan Hauser, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Mark LaMonte, Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service; Leslie Seidman, Chairman, FASB.


10:45-11:00 a.m.:  Coffee Break


11:00-12:30 p.m.:  Panel 2: Current Developments at the SEC featuring the latest concerns of our regulators in Washington. Craig Olinger, Acting Chief Accountant, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC; Howard Scheck, Chief Accountant, Division of Enforcement, SEC.


12:30-1:15 p.m.:  Lunch


1:15-2:00 p.m.:  Keynote Address, Jay Hanson, Board Member, PCAOB


2:00-3:30 p.m.:  Panel 3: Current Developments in the Private Sector by leaders in accounting and financial reporting. Susan Cosper, Technical Director, FASB; Jackson Day, Partner Ernst & Young, LLP; Robert Laux, Senior Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting, Microsoft, Inc.; Richard Paul, Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP.


3:30-3:45 p.m.:  Coffee Break


3:45-4:45 p.m.: Panel 4: GAAP for Non-Public Companies. Mark Bielstein, Partner, KPMG, LLP; Susan Cosper, Technical Director, FASB; Thomas Groskopf, Director, Barnes Denning; Daniel Noll, Director, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


4:45-5:15 p.m.:  Panel 5: Ask the Standard Setters. Paul Beswick, Chief Accountant, SEC; Susan Susan Cosper, Technical Director, FASB; Jay Hanson, Board Member, PCAOB.


Registration is required. Registration Fees: Media: complimentary. Early Bird (by April 10) $395; Single Registration $435; Ten Person Group Registration $3,500; Non-Profit and Academic Professionals $120. For more information, contact Matthew Lepere at (646) 312-3231 or



WHAT:   12th Annual Financial Reporting Conference

WHEN:  8:15 a.m. 5:15 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013

WHERE:   Newman Vertical Campus Building, Room 14-220, 55 Lexington Avenue



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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