Barry H. Genkin Esq.

Blank Rome LLP
Genkin, Barry H.

Barry H. Genkin is the Asia Practice Chair in the Philadelphia and Shanghai offices of Blank Rome LLP. Mr. Genkin most recently served as the head of Blank Rome's Business Department, consisting of more than 240 attorneys practicing globally in numerous industries. He has more than 30 years' experience advising public-company clients in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, he served as special counsel for the Division of Corporate Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, where he was a recipient of the Special Merit Award.

He is a frequent speaker and has authored numerous publications about raising capital IPOs), including Chinese companies, shareholder activism, proxy contests, capital formation and corporate governance.

Mr. Genkin earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the co-author of Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 49-6th, Audit Committees.  This portfolio volume covers the establishment and maintenance of effective audit committees after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as the historical development of audit committees prior to 2002. Major policy and procedural issues facing today's audit committee are explained, as well as the functions and the responsibilities of a typical committee and the potential liability of audit committee members. It also discusses two influential documents: the Report & Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Improving the Effectiveness of Corporate Audit Committees and the study commissioned by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (the COSO Report). The response to these reports by the Securities and Exchange Commission and by the major stock markets is analyzed. Finally, the particular situation of audit committees of insured depository institutions and not-for-profit entities is examined, and the role of audit committee counsel is reviewed.