WASHINGTON, D.C. – (April 20, 2022) – Securities regulators from across North America will convene in the nation’s capital next month to address critical investor protection and regulatory issues at the annual North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) 2022 Public Policy Symposium. This year’s symposium, themed “Investor Protection in a Digital Age,” will focus on in-depth conversations and panel discussions on policy issues related to ongoing innovation within the capital markets and the challenges those innovations may pose to investor protection.
The Symposium will open with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler, who will deliver prerecorded remarks focused on retail investor matters followed by a question-and-answer session with NASAA President and Maryland Securities Commissioner Melanie Senter Lubin.
The agenda also features a fireside chat between NASAA Enforcement Section Committee Co-chair and Alabama Securities Commission Director Joseph P. Borg and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair Rostin Behnam.
“The theme for this year’s Symposium underscores the important work regulators are doing to protect investors amid ever-evolving products and practices in our capital markets. We look forward to discussing these important topics and hearing from panelists and speakers including SEC Chair Gary Gensler and CFTC Chair Rostin Benham,” said Lubin.
The symposium will also include two panel discussions:
Public Policy Symposium Panel #1: The Implications of New Technologies for Financial Inclusion and Investor Protection
- Moderator: Claire McHenry, Deputy Director, Nebraska Department of Banking & Finance Bureau of Securities
- Panelists: Bruce Johnson, Financial Technology Association; Andrew Park, Americans for Financial Reform and Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund; Tom Quaadman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Cary Martin Shelby, Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Public Policy Symposium Panel #2: Symposium Takeaways for the Policy Community
- Moderator: Justin Burse, Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions
- Panelists: Michael Piwowar, The Milken Institute; Kara M. Stein, The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; and Urska Velikonja, Georgetown University Law Center.
The symposium will include opening remarks from NASAA Executive Director Joseph Brady, welcoming remarks by the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking Commissioner Karima M. Woods, and a Presidential Address by NASAA President and Maryland Securities Commissioner Melanie Senter Lubin.
The symposium is open to NASAA members, their employees, state and federal regulators, industry firms and representatives, media, and interested members of the public. It is scheduled for May 17, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the InterContinental, Washington, D.C., located at The Wharf, 801 Wharf Street, Washington, D.C. A reception will follow. The in-person program begins with a 12:00 p.m. luncheon, and the online program begins at 1:40 p.m. Registration information for both online and in-person attendance can be found on the NASAA website. (Note: If you are not a NASAA member, you must create a new account in order to register for this event. See right column for link to create a new account link.)
Organized in 1919, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. Its membership includes the securities regulators in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada; and Mexico.
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