Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Understanding Financial Statements for Business Lawyers, Part 1 – A National Perspective

October 16, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours


There are deep interrelationships between financial statements and the documents underlying business deals.  Understanding financial reports – cash flow versus income, tax versus accounting books, the quality of earnings and analytical ratios – is essential to both due diligence on a transaction and drafting the operative agreements. Without a confident understanding of balance sheets and income statements, an attorney cannot help ensure that a client is getting the benefit of his or her economic bargain.  This two-part program will provide you with a practical guide to financial statements and how they specifically relate to, and sometimes create traps in, major and routine business transactions, including business mergers, commercial borrowing, and the sale of business ownership interests. Part 1 of 2.


  • Most important concepts in business finance and financial statements, and how they relate to transactional documents
  • Understanding the components of a company’s capital structure
  • What does – and doesn’t – a balance sheet tell you?
  • Understanding the essential difference between earnings v. cash flow/EBIDTA
  • Relationship of financial statements to reps, warranties, financial covenants
  • Accounting books v. tax books, and how the difference effects sales of business interests
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Program Speaker:
C. Travis Webb, BKD, LLP, Denver



C. Travis Webb is the managing partner of the Denver office of BKD, LLP, a national accounting and consulting firm.  Mr. Webb has nearly 20 years’ experience covering a diverse set of services such as financial statement audit, Sarbanes-Oxley internal control services, complex financial modeling and fraud and information technology consulting.  He serves a client base of commercial, service and distribution entities and not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Mr. Webb received his B.S. in accounting and his M.B.A. from Missouri State University in Springfield.