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Adams and Reese attorney Phil Buffington, who serves as the Co-Leader of the Banking and Finance Team, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Understanding the Lasting Impact of Basel III on Community Banks Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Thursday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. central.

The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series is the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts.

Recently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) approved an interim final rule adopting the Federal Reserve Board’s current changes to the Basel III bank capital rules under Dodd-Frank. Though FDIC made some changes to Basel III addressing some of the concerns of community banks, still, they have found themselves under increasing regulatory scrutiny with risk-based capital final rule. To help community banks’ executives, the Knowledge Group has gathered a panel of distinguished practitioners and thought leaders to discuss the most critical issues in relation to Understanding Basel III Impacts on Community Banks.

The webcast will address the following key issues:


  • Basel III for Community Banks: An Overview
  • Components of the New Rule that Affect Community Banks
  • Three Primary Changes to Basel III July 2013 Version
  • Mitigating Impact of New Rules to Community Banks
  • Best Practices To Avoid Regulatory Costs
  • Latest Regulatory Updates

Buffington, a Partner in the Adams and Reese Jackson office, focuses primarily on the representation of financial institutions and business entities in transactional and litigation matters. He has extensive experience in bank regulatory matters, corporate governance, securities and commercial lending transaction. As a member of the Transaction and Corporate Advisory Group, he practices in the areas of banking and corporate transactions and banking litigation.

Buffington has served on the Adjunct Faculty Staff of Mississippi College School of Law (Banking Law and Business Planning). He has also served as a Faculty Member at the Mississippi School of Banking (Loan Documentation I and II) and is a frequent faculty speaker and presenter for continuing legal education and other instructional courses on topics related to his practice, including, bank regulatory matters, commercial lending, entity formation and secured transactions. He served as a member of the Corporation Laws, Limit Liability Company Laws and UCC/Debtor-Creditor Laws Policy and Research Committees of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Committee on Business Reform.

Buffington is a member of the American Bar Association (Banking Law Committee) and the Independent Community Bankers Association.