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Each PIFS Symposia is limited to approximately 120 participants, and is by invitation-only. Our events attract senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States, China, Europe, Japan, and Latin America for intensive, off-the-record dialogues on issues affecting international capital markets.
Off-the-record and closed to the media, the invitation-only PIFS Symposia convene leading market practitioners at off-site retreat venues. The cornerstone of PIFS Symposia is the candid, intimate exchange of ideas and dialogue between global financial counterparts. This dialogue takes place in small group discussions and plenary sessions, as well as in more informal sessions at meals. Keynote addresses and panel discussions also serve to initiate and enhance the interactive dialogue, which is conducted under Chatham House Rules in order to foster an open exchange of ideas. These discussions are synthesized and presented on the final day of the Symposium in a plenary session, and then summarized and published in a final Symposium report that is distributed to participants. At the conclusion of each Symposium, participants leave with an enhanced sense of the key capital markets and financial and regulatory issues affecting market practitioners and policymakers.
In the wake of the global financial crisis and the subsequent policy responses around the globe, PIFS’ issue set is more relevant than ever, and the program provides a unique and valuable platform for the informed discussion and exchange of ideas on key issues relating to capital markets, regulation, and international financial systems.
"PIFS has been a cornerstone in the integration of global capital markets. It has been both forum and catalyst for exchanging best practices, frank opinions, and rare expertise with financial practitioners, regulators, and academics around the world. PIFS remains a premier locus for refining and perfecting both business and policy responses to the urgent challenges facing global financial markets."
Robert Feldman, Director of Economic Research Department and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Japan Securities Co., Ltd.
"Having participated in PIFS Symposia and other events during the past five years—in the U.S., Europe, and Asia—I know of no better forum in which to exchange views with practitioners, regulators, and government officials in an informal yet substantive setting. A master class for anyone interested in international finance and regulatory policy."
Stefan Gavell, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Regulatory and Industry Affairs, State Street Corporation
"PIFS brings together important academic, government, and business leaders to discuss key policy issues in an informal and yet well-structured setting. Moreover, deep and lasting relationships among policy makers and practitioners have been built over the years through the interactions that are made possible by this unique approach. In the case of the Japan-U.S. Symposium, U.S. and Japanese bankers, politicians, and regulators have developed a strong understanding of both the problems and opportunities in our respective financial policy."
Thierry Porté, Operating Partner, J.C. Flowers & Co.
"The quality of organization and the content in the Symposia that PIFS conducts are top notch. The focus is on senior level, influential attendees and real decision makers in business and government, and the dialogue is fantastic. It is a great opportunity to connect with others in the financial services industry and with banks, private equity, regulators, and exchanges. It is not the typical industry conference by any means!"
Dave Stoughton, Senior Vice President, Asia Card Executive, Bank of America
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