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About PIFS and Upcoming Events

About PIFS

The Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) fosters the exchange of ideas on capital markets, financial regulation, and international financial systems through its acclaimed portfolio of Symposia on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century and other research activities. PIFS operates under the direction of Hal S. Scott, Nomura Professor of International Financial Systems who founded the program in 1986. The Symposium series gathers senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and their counterparts from China, Europe, Japan, and Latin America for dialogue on the development and improvement of international capital markets, and conducts research to help support this mission.


Japan-U.S. Symposium: October 24-26, 2014 (Karuizawa, Japan)
Latin America -US Symposium: November 12-14, 2014 (Cambridge, MA)

To request an invitation or to learn more about either of our upcoming Symposia, email James Apostol or Josi Chapman at japostol@law.harvard.edu or jchapman@law.harvard.edu.

Latin America-U.S. Symposium:

November 12-14, 2014 • Cambridge, MA

The 2014 Symposium on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century: An Agenda for Latin America and the United States will be held on campus at Harvard Law School from Wednesday evening, November 12 through Friday morning, November 14. Hosted in conjunction with our partners at the Universidad de Chile; Fundação Getulio Vargas DIREITO Rio and Sao Paulo; and ITAM - Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo deMéxico; the Symposium will gather senior executives, government officials, and academics from Latin America and the United States for discussions on the international financial system, capital market development, and financial regulation.

Topics for discussion include:
•U.S. monetary policy and its impact on Latin America
•Extraterritorial impact on Latin America of U.S. and European regulations
•Improving capital markets in Latin America and the U.S.
•Pension fund diversification of Latin American assets

PIFS Symposia are invitation-only and convene practitioners, regulators, and academics in a unique and intimate setting. Dialogue takes place in small-group breakout and plenary sessions, and keynote speeches punctuate the proceedings. The discussions are conducted under Chatham House Rules in order to foster an open exchange of ideas, and participants gain an enhanced sense of key financial and regulatory issues facing the capital markets.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Susan Baker, Director, Office of International Banking and Securities Markets, U.S. Department of Treasury
• Juan Andres Camus, Chairman, Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago
• Sebastian Claro Edwards, Board Member, Banco Central de Chile
• Juan Pablo Cordoba, President, Bolsa de Valores de Colombia
• Jorge Familiar, Vice President, World Bank for Latin American and the Caribbean
• Jeremy Stein, Moise Safra Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Former Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank
• Manuel Ramos Francia, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Mexico
• Alexandre Tombini, Governor, Banco Central do Brasil
• Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus, Charles W. Elliot University Professor, Harvard University

For more information on the Program, or to request an invitation, please contact James Apostol or Josi Chapman at japostol@law.harvard.edu or jchapman@law.harvard.edu.

Last modified: November 14, 2014

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