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The Japan Society and PIFS co-hosted a Socratic panel discussion in Tokyo on February 12, 2009. Through an analysis of foreign market practices, 12 high-level panelists from Japan, the U.S., Asia, and the UK, drawn from government, industry, and academia, discussed Tokyo's relative global competitiveness and examined strategies for making Tokyo's capital markets more accessible to foreign companies.
The Japan Society and PIFS co-hosted a Socratic panel discussion in New York City on February 1, 2008. Professor Scott moderated the Socratic dialogue. Professor Scott's report on the socratic panel is now available.
On December 6, 2005, PIFS, Standard & Poor's, and BusinessWeek co-hosted a panel discussion entitled "Mandating Integrity and Transparency: The Current State of Corporate Governance in the Global Marketplace." Markets, ultimately, revolve around investor trust, a fragile commodity that, in recent years, has been sorely tested following a wave of well-publicized corporate scandals in North America, Europe, and Asia. A panel of experts engaged in a Socratic discussion and considered the following questions:
The panel considered the above questions in light of their applicability to the world's three major securities markets and one of the largest developing markets, China.
The discussion was moderated by PIFS Director Hal Scott. Standard & Poor's President Kathleen A. Corbet and BusinessWeek Executive Editor Joyce A. Barnathan extended welcome and opening remarks.
The event was made possible through the sponsorship of Standard & Poor's and BusinessWeek.
On March 7, 2005, PIFS and Standard and Poor's co-hosted a panel discussion entitled "The Current State of Regulation of the Capital Markets: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?" A panel of experts engaged in a Socratic discussion on the impact of regulation on the U.S. capital markets. The discussion integrated case studies to focus on specific industry issues. The case studies included the SEC's National Market System proposal, the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley, IPO allocation rules, the adoption of international accounting standards, and the independence of research analysts.
The panel discussion was moderated by PIFS Director Hal Scott. Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan extended a welcome greeting, followed by opening remarks offered by Vickie A. Tillman, Standard & Poor's executive vice president.
The event was made possible through the sponsorship of Standard & Poor's.
Media Coverage of the Panel Discussion
CFO Magazine, Tim Reason
NASD and PIFS presented the first symposium in NASD's International Securities Symposium Series, which addresses key issues related to transparency and efficiency in the capital markets. The symposia provide a forum for leaders from the financial services industry, important policy makers, and international experts to engage in critical analysis and discussion of selected topics of the day.
NASD's inaugural symposium, "Global Adoption of International Accounting Standards," focused on one of the pivotal challenges facing markets today: establishing a set of internationally accepted standards governing companies' reporting of their financial performance. The symposium was held at Harvard Law School on February 3, 2003, and began with remarks by Howard Davies, Chairman, Financial Services Authority, and Robert Glauber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NASD. Hal Scott (Director of PIFS) moderated.
Symposium participants featured global thought leaders, including:
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