November 16, 2011

Jenner & Block Chairman Anton R. Valukas will present the keynote address at a one-day Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) Fraud Conference on November 16, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.  Partner Gregory M. Boyle will speak as a panelist at the event.

Mr. Valukas, who was the court-appointed Examiner for the Lehman Brothers Holdings bankruptcy matter, will deliver a speech, titled “How Lehman Played With the Numbers…and How the Lehman Examiner Figured It Out.”  In it, he will address how the Lehman Examiner’s team identified what they needed to know and how they selected and managed outside consultants and experts to acquire and leverage this knowledge.  Mr. Valukas will also discuss the lessons learned from Lehman’s failure.

Mr. Boyle will speak in a panel discussion titled “What’s the Angle? Perspectives on Schemes and Deceptions Relating to Bankruptcy Fraud.”  The panel, comprised of attorneys and forensic accountants, will share insights on critical issues relating to bankruptcy fraud, such as assessing equivalent value in an alleged fraudulent transfer, and investor exposure in Ponzi scheme clawbacks.

Mr. Valukas is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department.  The 2,200-page Lehman Examiner’s Report he released in March 2010, detailed questionable Lehman corporate governance procedures and accounting practices, as well as lax government oversight.  The Report’s findings led to Congressional hearings, to which Mr. Valukas was invited to testify, and influenced enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act and new Securities Exchange Commission and Financial Accounting Standards Board rules.

Mr. Boyle is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department.  He is a member of the Professional Responsibility, Class Action and Bankruptcy Litigation Practices, the Tenant-in-Common Workout Task Force and the Real Estate Finance Litigation and Workout Task Force.  Mr. Boyle currently represents the Trustee of bankrupt investment adviser Sentinel Management Group, Inc. in three federal securities fraud cases against its brokers.

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