Eighteenth Annual International Banking Conference

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The Future of Large, Internationally Active Banks

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold its annual International Banking Conference on November 5–6, 2015. This year’s topic is The Future of Large, Internationally Active Banks, and the event is co-sponsored by the World Bank. The purpose of the conference is to identify and address important issues currently affecting international financial markets and institutions. The conference will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Conference Center.

Keynote Speakers

  • Daniel K. Tarullo
    Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Thomas M. Hoenig
    Director and Vice Chairman, U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  

The Great Financial Crisis of 2007–10 has had a major impact on large cross-border banks, which are widely blamed for the start and severity of the crisis. As a result, much public policy, both in the United States and elsewhere, has been directed at making these banks safer and less influential by reducing their size and permissible powers through increased government regulation.

The conference will discuss topics such as: the current regulatory landscape for large and internationally active financial institutions; the impact of regulation on bank permissible activities and international trade; improvements in risk management; necessary repairs to the bank safety net; the resolution of insolvent banks operating across national borders; corporate governance for banks in the new environment; implications for market and government discipline; and progress in achieving international cooperation.

Conference participants will explore how these issues are addressed in the Dodd–Frank Act of 2010 and in international regulatory reform programs. How does the bank "single supervisory mechanism," led by the European Central Bank, address these issues? What lessons can we draw from the changes in bank operations to date? What additional changes can we expect? Are internationally active banks “too-big-to-fail?” Is the definition of “systemically important” institutions, which require enhanced prudential regulation, appropriate or too broad?

These important public and private policy issues will be discussed by international policymakers, practitioners, researchers and academics from more than 30 countries over the two-day conference. In addition, the conference will feature three keynote speakers. If past conferences are any indication, many of the ideas raised at the conference are likely to be the policy reforms addressed in the near future.

Conference Registration Fee

Register by October 16 for the Early Bird Fee: $650

Fee after October 16: $700

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9:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Keynote Speakers

Daniel K. Tarullo, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Thomas M. Hoenig, Director and Vice Chairman, U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

9:40 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Charles L. Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Mahmoud Mohieldin, Corporate Secretary and Special Envoy for the President, World Bank
10:00 AM
Session 1: The Cross-Border Banking Landscape
Linda Goldberg, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Juan A. Marchetti, World Trade Organization
Joseph P. Hughes, Rutgers University and Loretta J. Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Thomas Huertas, Ernst & Young LLP
11:45 AM
Luncheon and Keynote Address
Charles L. Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
1:45 PM
Session 2: Banking Activity Trends Following the Financial Crisis: Expansion? Retrenchment?
Stijn Claessens, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Allen N. Berger, University of South Carolina
Ralph De Haas, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Alexander Popov, European Central Bank
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
Session 3: Implications for Supervision and Regulation
Anil K Kashyap, University of Chicago
Takatoshi Ito, Columbia University
Ingo Fender, Bank for International Settlements
Martin Pfinsgraff, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
5:45 PM
6:45 PM
Dinner and Keynote Speaker
7:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM
Session 4: Risk Management
Maria Soledad Martinez Peria, World Bank
Neeltje van Horen, De Nederlandsche Bank
Matthew Pritsker, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Michael Alix, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
Session 5: Safety Net and Resolution Issues for Large and Cross-Border Banks
Eva Hüpkes, Financial Stability Board
Arthur J. Murton, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Ceyla Pazarbaşioğlu, International Monetary Fund
John Weinberg, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
12:00 PM
Luncheon and Keynote Address
2:00 PM
Session 6: Corporate Governance Issues in the New Environment
Edward Prescott, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Harry Huizinga, Tilburg University and Center for Economic and Policy Research
Joel Shapiro, Oxford University
Maureen O’Hara, Cornell University
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
Session 7: Policy Discussion: Where to from Here?
Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank
John C. Dugan, Covington & Burling LLP
Phillip L. Swagel, University of Maryland
Arnoud W. A. Boot, University of Amsterdam
6:00 PM

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Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe
Chicago ,  IL   60603
(800) 445-8667

Hotel rate: King Bed Executive Floor $189.00 plus tax and Standard Room $189.00 plus tax 
Cutoff date for rate for hotel: October 5, 2015 

Check in to the legendary Palmer House® A Hilton Hotel, in Chicago’s Loop and you are in the heart of the city’s business, financial and theatre district. This hotel puts you in walking distance of Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park. With CTA’s L blue, orange and red lines just steps away, you can navigate Chicago with ease.

Settle in to a Guest room which combines comfort and elegance with a contemporary setting. In-room amenities include flat-screen TVs and wireless internet. Suites are spacious and ideal for large families or entertaining. The Executive Level features private elevator service and check-in, as well as complimentary continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and an honor bar with appetizers in the evenings.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily in Lockwood Restaurant and Bar, where the menu showcases market-fresh, seasonal ingredients. Potter’s Lounge is open in the evenings and offers classic cocktails and a simple menu of small bites. In the lobby, Afternoon Tea service is a tradition which brings generations together.

With 130,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including seven ballrooms, 70 meeting rooms and two exhibit halls, the Palmer House Hilton hotel is the ideal downtown Chicago meeting and conference venue. After a busy day, unwind with a workout in the fitness center or pamper yourself in the Balance Spa which provides hair, nail, skin, and massage therapy.

Union League Club
65 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago ,  IL   60603
(800) 443-0578

Hotel rate: $192.00 (inclusive $230.40) 
Cutoff date for rate for hotel: October 2, 2015

Private club located two blocks east of the Chicago Fed. The club features a premiere gym including a regulation size basketball court and lap pool, a library, several restaurants and a pub. All sleeping rooms are newly renovated and feature "seven-layered" featherbeds, Carrera marbled bathroom and 32 inch flat screen TVs.

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Background Information

Information on previous International Banking Conferences.

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