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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.
Topics to Include:
• Capital Markets: Volatility, Development, and Reform
• The Impact of Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions on the Economies of China and the U.S.
• The Bi-lateral Investment Treaty and the New Financial Architecture: Evolving Roles for China and the U.S.
• Current Issues in the Regulation of Financial Institutions
Topics to Include:
• Retirement systems and prospects for reform (including socio-demographic changes)
• State-owned entities: competitiveness, conflicts interest, and curbing corruption
• Enforcing securities laws in Latin America and the U.S.
• Corporate governance and the role of the Board of Directors
• Private equity and capital flows to and from Latin America and the United States
Topics to include:
• The end of large global banks?
• Gauging the success of the three arrows
• Rise of China: Implications for Japan, the US and the global financial markets.
• Reform of GPIF's Investment Strategy and Governance: Implications for international capital markets
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