Eighteenth Annual International Banking Conference

Last Updated: 10/7/2015
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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, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  
  • Ingo Walter
    Seymour Milstein Professor of Finance, Stern School of Business 

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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Thomas M. Hoenig
Director and Vice Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Thomas M. Hoenig was confirmed by the Senate as vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on November 15, 2012. He joined the FDIC on April 16, 2012, as a member of the FDIC Board of Directors for a six-year term. He is a member of the executive board of the International Association of Deposit Insurers.

Prior to serving on the FDIC board, Hoenig was the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee from 1991 to 2011.

Hoenig was with the Federal Reserve for 38 years, beginning as an economist and then as a senior officer in banking supervision during the U.S. banking crisis of the 1980s. In 1986, he led the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's division of bank supervision and structure, directing the oversight of more than 1,000 banks and bank holding companies with assets ranging from less than $100 million to $20 billion. He became president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank on October 1, 1991.

Hoenig is a native of Fort Madison, Iowa. He received a doctorate in economics from Iowa State University.

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Daniel K. Tarullo
Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Daniel K. Tarullo took office on January 28, 2009, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2022.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Tarullo was Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught courses in international financial regulation, international law and banking law. Prior to joining the Georgetown Law faculty, Tarullo held several senior positions in the Clinton administration.

From 1993 to 1998, Tarullo served, successively, as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Assistant to the President for International Economic Policy. He also served as a principal on both the National Economic Council and the National Security Council. From 1995 to 1998, Tarullo also served as President Clinton's personal representative to the G7/G8 group of industrialized nations.

Before joining the Clinton administration, he served as Chief Counsel for Employment Policy on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and practiced law in Washington, D.C. He also worked in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Commerce. From 1981 to 1987, Tarullo taught at Harvard Law School. 

Tarullo has also served as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Tarullo has also held a visiting professorship at Princeton University. 

Tarullo received his A.B. from Georgetown University in 1973 and his M.A. from Duke University in 1974. In 1977,  Tarullo received his J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Article and Book Review Editor of the Michigan Law Review.

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Ingo Walter
Seymour Milstein Chair in Finance, Corporate Governance and Ethics, Stern School of Business, New York University
Ingo Walter holds the Seymour Milstein Chair in Finance, Corporate Governance and Ethics at the Stern School of Business, New York University.

He has been on the faculty at New York University since 1970. From 1971 to 1979 he was vice dean for academic affairs and subsequently served a number of terms as Chair of International Business and Chair of Finance. Subsequently he was director of the New York University Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions from 1990 to 2003 and director of the Stern Global Business Institute from 2003 to 2006. He served as vice dean of faculty at Stern from 2008 to 2012.

Walter has had visiting professorial appointments at the Free University of Berlin, University of Mannheim, University of Zurich, University of Basel, the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, IESE in Spain and various other academic and research institutions. He held a joint appointment as professor of international management at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France from 1986 to 2005 and remains a visiting professor there.

Walter's principal areas of academic and consulting activity include international finance and banking. He has published papers in most of the professional journals in these fields, and is the author, co-author or editor of 26 books, including Mergers and Acquisitions in Banking and Finance - What Works, What Fails and Why? (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), Governing the Modern Corporation (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), Regulating Wall Street (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2011) and Global Banking 3rd Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Walter received his A.B. (summa cum laude) and M.S. degrees from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. degree from New York University. He has served as a consultant to various corporations, banks, government agencies and international institutions, and has held a number of board memberships.

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9:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

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
Douglas Evanoff, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Linda Goldberg, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Thomas Huertas, Ernst & Young LLP
Joseph P. Hughes, Rutgers University and Loretta J. Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Juan A. Marchetti, World Trade Organization
11:45 AM
Luncheon and Keynote Address
Charles L. Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Daniel K. Tarullo, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
1:45 PM
Session 2: Banking Activity Trends Following the Financial Crisis: Expansion? Retrenchment?
Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, World Bank
Allen N. Berger, University of South Carolina
Stijn Claessens, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
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
Cathy Lemieux, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ingo Fender, Bank for International Settlements
Takatoshi Ito, Columbia University
Anil K Kashyap, University of Chicago
Martin Pfinsgraff, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
5:45 PM
6:45 PM
Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Charles L. Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Thomas M. Hoenig, Director and Vice Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
7:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM
Session 4: Risk Management
Anna Paulson, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Michael Alix, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Maria Soledad Martinez Peria, World Bank
Matthew Pritsker, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Neeltje van Horen, De Nederlandsche Bank
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
Session 5: Safety Net and Resolution Issues for Large and Cross-Border Banks
David Marshall, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Eva Hüpkes, Financial Stability Board
Arthur J. Murton, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Ceyla Pazarbaşioğlu, World Bank
John Weinberg, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
12:00 PM
Luncheon and Keynote Address
Daniel G. Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ingo Walter, Seymour Milstein Professor of Finance, Stern School of Business
2:00 PM
Session 6: Corporate Governance Issues in the New Environment
Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank
Harry Huizinga, Tilburg University and Center for Economic and Policy Research
Maureen O’Hara, Cornell University
Edward Prescott, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Joel Shapiro, Oxford University
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
Session 7: Policy Discussion: Where to from Here?
George G. Kaufman, Loyola University Chicago
Arnoud W. A. Boot, University of Amsterdam
John C. Dugan, Covington & Burling LLP
Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank
David Schraa, Institute of International Finance
Phillip L. Swagel, University of Maryland
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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