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SEC’s Conflict Minerals Regulations: Lessons Learned and A Look Ahead


Product Code - EHAU03
Speaker(s): Lawrence M. Heim, The Elm Consulting Group International LLC and Jeffrey H. Perry, King & Spalding
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The Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules impose disclosure and due diligence requirements on publicly-traded companies that manufacture products containing certain minerals designated as “conflict minerals.” Gold, columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, wolframite, and their derivatives, tantalum, tin and tungsten, all have been mined or smelted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries.

The webinar will feature panelist, Lawrence M. Heim, The Elm Consulting Group International LLC and Jeffrey H. Perry, King & Spalding LLP who will speak on advanced aspects of compliance with the SEC’s conflict minerals rules and present their insights on the 2013 filings and emerging trends in 2014.

Educational Objectives:
•Analyze approaches to corporate operations, including exemptions based on updated guidance from the SEC
•Discuss emerging issues, including forecasting compliance, audit costs and the legal outlook for the rules
•Describe corporate compliance activities associated with the conflict minerals rules and discuss present trends
•Address program improvements, data quality concerns, and trending governance structures
•Provide benchmarking information from a review of 2013 filings conducted in conjunction with Georgetown Law School

Who Would Benefit From Attending This Program:
Environmental attorneys, environmental consultants, policy experts, and other professionals needing to be in compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rules.

Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: A general understanding of environmental and/or natural resource law.
CPE Delivery method: Group Internet-Based Live
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge & Applications
Recommended CPE credit: 1.5 credit
Anticipated CLE credits: 1.5 credits (may vary based on locations requested)

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Personal attention. Once you’ve registered, send your questions in advance to annebrown@bna.com and they’ll be included in the program. You’ll also have a chance to ask your questions during the Webinar.
Follow-up materials. You need no materials upfront to follow along to our live conference. But Bloomberg BNA always issues a follow-up e-mail with contact information for our speakers as well as other materials related to the topic.
CLE and CPE credits will be available for this EHS Webinar.

Lawrence M. Heim, The Elm Consulting Group International LLC and Jeffrey H. Perry, King & Spalding

LawrenceHeim 
Lawrence M. Heim is a certified professional environmental auditor and the director of The Elm Consulting Group International LLC. He has more than 27 years of experience in environmental management and auditing. Lawrence is the firm’s lead on conflict minerals programs and auditing, and has been involved in conflict minerals project since 2010 where he conducted the first tantalum smelter audits under the EICC-GeSI Conflict Free Smelter program. He was the only representative of the EHS consulting/auditing sector selected by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to their Conflict Minerals Roundtable convened October 2011. Lawrence has made numerous public presentations/educational programs on the topic, including in venues sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, IPC, and the Institute of Technology Research Institute. He was recently selected by The Auditing Roundtable to lead a working group to develop a standard/guidance for non-CPAs to use with the Government Accountability Office’s performance audit standards for conflict minerals report audits.

JeffPerry 
Jeffrey H. Perry is an associate in King & Spalding’s corporate practice group. He regularly advises in-house counsel and senior executives of publicly-traded companies concerning corporate governance and regulatory compliance issues, including conflict minerals-related activities and filings.  Jeff worked closely with a substantial number of public companies to assess and comply with conflict minerals disclosure obligations in Year One.  He is a member of the District of Columbia and Georgia bars.