Conference Examines Changing Business Landscape in Wake of Financial Crisis

Event will feature keynote from Michael Silva, chief of staff of Federal Reserve Bank of New York


WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2010 – American University Washington College of Law will host a conference titled “The Changing Business Landscape” on Monday, March 15. 

Since the collapse of the financial markets amidst the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the business landscape has dramatically changed. Some changes, such as the tightening of the credit market, may be temporary while others could be more damaging and long lasting.

This symposium will focus on the changing business landscape and its effect upon intellectual property rights, international trade, private equity investment, and white collar crime.  The event includes an opening keynote address from Michael Silva, chief of staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

When: March 15, 2010

            9 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Where: American University Washington College of Law

             4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603

Full Schedule:

8:15 a.m.       Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.       Welcome and Introduction

David Wiseman, Editor-in-Chief, Business Law Brief
Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law

9:15 a.m.       Keynote Speech

Michael Silva, Chief of Staff, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

10:00 a.m. Panel One:  Intellectual Property Rights -- a review of the changes to enforcement patterns and  practices:

Steve Marks, Vice President and General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America 
James Hopenfeld, Partner, Ropes & Gray
Ray Millien, CEO, PCT Companies
Christine Farley, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)

11:00 a.m.    Break

11:15 a.m.    Panel Two:  International Trade -- an overview of current trends in trade flows, negotiations, and enforcement:

David Walters, Assistant U. S. Trade Representative for Economic Affairs, Office of the U. S. Trade Representative
John Magnus, Of Counsel, Miller & Chevalier; President, TradeWins LLC
Aluisio Lima-Campos, Economic Advisor, Embassy of Brazil
Andrew Kentz, Partner, Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP (moderator)

12:45 p.m.    Luncheon

1:00 p.m.      Keynote Speech

Bijan Kian, Member, Board of Directors – The Export-Import Bank of the United States

2:45 p.m.      Panel Three:  Private Equity -- a discussion of the recession’s impact on investment and predictions for the future:

Luke Reynolds, Chief of Outreach and Program Development, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
tephen Culhane, Partner , Linklaters LLP
homas More Griffin, Director, Gibbons P.C.
Kenneth Anderson, Professor, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)

3:45 p.m.       Break

4:00 p.m.       Panel Four:  White Collar Crime -- a comparative analysis of old and new regulatory enforcement in the wake of the Madoff scandal and financial sector collapse:

Joseph Wheatley, Trial Attorney, Department of Justice Section on Organized Crime and Racketeering
Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Andrew T. Wise, Member, Miller & Chevalier
Randall Eliason, Professor, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)

5:00 p.m.      Reception