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Mercatus Center conference on Dodd-Frank and the future of financial services regulation


Next month, on June 17, the Mercatus Center will be hosting a one day conference on Dodd-Frank and the future of financial services reguation. Info and registration is here.

Here's the conference description:

A well-functioning financial system is a key ingredient in a well-functioning economy. Whether an existing company wants to bring a new product to market or a new company wants to compete with an existing company, access to funding is essential. Financial regulation can encourage or inhibit financial markets' ability to provide the financial products and services necessary to support a vigorous, dynamic economy. A well-designed regulatory system enables the financial system to work efficiently, effectively, and creatively to support economic prosperity.

Please join us for this important conference to discuss how well the financial system is serving entrepreneurs, businesses, and the American people.

Our speakers and panelists will address questions such as:

  • What is the historical role that financial markets have played in building the American economy?
  • How effectively are the financial markets working now to foster economic growth?
  • How have regulatory developments, including those in Dodd-Frank, affected the economy?
  • What financial regulatory reforms could encourage innovation and investment?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Richard Berner, Director, Office of Financial Research
  • James Brown, Iowa Bankers Faculty Fellowship Associate Professor of Finance, Iowa State University
  • William A. Cooper, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TCF Bank
  • Barbara Frohn, Managing Director, Banco Santander seconded to the Institute of International Finance
  • Thomas Hoenig, Vice Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Manuel H. Johnson, Board Member, Mercatus Center, and Co-Chairman and Senior Partner, Johnson Smick International, Inc.
  • Raymond Keating, Chief Economist, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
  • Brian Knight, Associate Director, Financial Policy, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute
  • Stephen Matteo Miller, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
  • Hester Peirce, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
  • Michael Piwowar, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Hal Scott, Nomura Professor and Director of the Program on International Finance Systems, Harvard Law School
  • Senator Tim Scott, US Senator for South Carolina (closing remarks)
  • Mike Silva, Chief Regulatory Officer and Compliance Leader, GE Capital
  • Betsey Stevenson, Member, Council of Economic Advisers
  • Phillip L. Swagel, Professor in International Economic Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • J.W. Verret, Affiliated Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center, and Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason Law School

Questions about this event? Please contact Brittany Hemsath at or (703) 993-8297.