NASAA to Host Public Policy Conference

Conference to Feature Forum on Balance Between Regulatory Reform and Consumer Protection  

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2005)  -The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) will host a Public Policy Conference on May 3 to explore current issues of importance to state securities regulators and investor protection, NASAA President and New Jersey Bureau of Securities Chief Franklin L. Widmann said today.

The conference will be held at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1227 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. in Washington, D.C.

Following welcoming remarks from District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams, NASAA will sponsor a Public Policy Forum entitled “Regulatory Reform and Consumer Protection: Striking a Responsible Balance.” A panel of leading experts from government, academia, consumer organizations and the media, examine the challenge of maintaining a responsible balance between regulatory reform and consumer protection in today’s world of financial services modernization and scandals in the brokerage, mutual fund, variable annuity, and other financial service industries.

Panelists include: Ralph Lambiase, Director, Connecticut Division of Securities and NASAA Past-president; Barbara Roper, Director of Investor Protection, Consumer Federation of America; Elliot Blair Smith, Reporter, USA Today, and Arthur Wilmarth, Professor, George Washington University School of Law.

The conference includes a luncheon with a keynote address by Mercer Bullard, one of the nations’ leading advocates for mutual fund shareholders. Professor Bullard is the founder of Fund Democracy and an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he teaches in the areas of securities and banking regulation, corporate finance and contracts. He has been honored byInvestment News as one of the 25 most powerful voices in the financial services industry, and was recently cited by BusinessWeek for leading the fight for shareholders’ rights.

The conference also includes and Ombudsman Meeting and a reception at the Sewall-Belmont House on Capitol Hill. To register for the event please click here.

For More Information:
Bob Webster
Director of Communications

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