Speakers Announced for NASAA Public Policy Conference

Sen. Jack Reed, SEC Commissioner Christopher Cox to Address April 1 Event;
Panels to Explore the Horizon of Financial Services Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 12, 2008—The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) today announced the line-up of speakers and panels for its 2008 Public Policy Conference, which will be held April 1 in Washington, D.C.

The conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., brings together securities regulators, financial services industry representatives, policy makers, and the media, for an in-depth look at key public policy issues concerning securities regulation and investor protection.

Conference Chair and North Carolina Deputy Securities Administrator David Massey said Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment, will deliver the conference’s opening keynote address. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

The conference also will feature two panel discussions on current policy issues facing securities regulators and Wall Street. The first panel will outline what is at stake for investors as distinctions blur between investment advisers and brokers and as the SEC continues its ongoing review of how these two financial service providers are regulated. Moderated by Maryland Securities Commissioner Melanie Lubin, the panel includes: Wisconsin Securities Administrator Patricia Struck; Tony Taggart, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley; Michael Shaw, CFP Board Managing Director of Public Policy; and Angela Hung of the RAND Corporation. Additional panelists will be announced later.

The second panel, moderated by New Hampshire Securities Commissioner Mark Connolly, will delve into the current debate over principles- and rules-based securities regulation, spurred by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Review of the Regulatory Structure Associated with Financial Institutions. Panelists Roel Campos, former SEC Commissioner and current partner at Cooley, Godward, Kronish LLP; Lynn E. Turner, former SEC Chief Accountant; Dale E. Brown, President and CEO of the Financial Services Institute; and Melissa Netram, Director of Regulatory and Securities Affairs, of the Financial Services Roundtable will examine what changes, if any, are necessary in the nation’s financial services regulatory structure, which protects investors and promotes investor confidence in financial markets.

Registration information and other details are available on the NASAA website or by contacting Lonnie Martin at 202-737-0900. Media interested in attending the conference should contact Natalie Rinn at 202-737-0900 or via e-mail..

For more information:
Bob Webster, Director of Communications

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