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The Impact of Litigation on Shareholder Value

Tuesday November 2001


Todd Buchholz Chairman, Victoria Capital, LLC

Welcome: Rick Lazio, President & CEO, Financial Services Forum
Introduction: Jim Wootton, President, U.S. Chamber Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform

The proliferation of high stakes class action lawsuits, along with million or even billion dollar jury verdicts, has increased both the costs and uncertainty of litigation for corporate defendants. Todd Buchholz will discuss how these forces are impacting corporate profits and shareholder value.

Mr. Buchholz is Chairman of Victoria Capital, LLC, a private partnership that invests in global securities, including bonds and foreign exchange. From 1989 to 1992 Mr. Buchholz served as Associate Director for Economic Policy at the White House, where he developed policies in a variety of areas, including international trade, telecommunications, energy and transportation. He is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and Worth magazine and is a consultant for ABC News. He is also author of the best-selling book New Ideas from Dead Economists.

An economist and lawyer with advanced degrees from Cambridge University and Harvard Law School, Mr. Buchholz has taught economics at Harvard, where he was awarded the Allyn Young Teaching Prize by Martin Feldstein. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and are used in many universities including Harvard, Brigham Young and Emory.