Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox announced that five former chairmen of the commission will join him for a roundtable discussion today.

Participants will include:

  • William H. Donaldson, who headed up the SEC from 2003-05, and currently serves as chairman of Donaldson Enterprises;
  • Harvey L. Pitt, who headed up the SEC from 2001-03, now the chief executive founder of Kalorama Partners;
  • Arthur Levitt, who headed up the SEC from 1993-2001, now a senior advisor with the Carlyle Group;
  • David S. Ruder, who headed up the SEC from 1987-89, the current William W. Gurley Memorial Professor of Law at Northwestern School of Law; and,
  • Roderick M. Hills, who headed up the SEC from 1975-77, now a partner at Hills and Stern LLP.

The one-hour roundtable is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (ET) in Washington, and is open to the public. The event will also be Webcast live at SEC and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board are set to vote this week on the fate of proposed changes to the internal control provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The revisions proposed by the regulators are largely concerned with lessening the financial impact of compliance with the law for small and midsized companies.

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