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Overview

This event is dedicated to discussing major policy and regulatory developments that affect the global finance and investments industry. Our aim is to analyse these changes through the lenses of business conduct and professionalism, which together constitute the cornerstone of the mission of CFA Institute.

You will hear keynotes from Erkki Liikanen, Chair, IFRS Foundation Trustees, Paul Andrews, Managing Director of Research, Advocacy and Standards, CFA Institute. Speakers include  Cathie Armour, Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), Laura van Geest, Chair, Executive Board, Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), Marcelo Barbosa, Chair, Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), Allison Herren Lee, Commissioner, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and many more.

DAY 1: ESG and Sustainability

Opening Remarks and Introduction
Sandy Peters, CFA, CPA,Senior Head, Global Financial Reporting Advocacy, CFA Institute

Keynote Speech
Erkki Liikanen, Chair, IFRS Foundation Trustees

Panel: ESG and Sustainability Disclosure: An Investor and Regulator Dialogue
-Rients Abma, Executive Director, Eumedion
-Marcelo Barbosa, Chairman, Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM)
-John Berrigan, Director-General, Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission
-Janine Guillot, CEO, Value Reporting Foundation
-John Streur, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Research and Management
Moderator: Sandy Peters, CFA, CPA, Senior Head, Global Financial Reporting Advocacy, CFA Institute

Q&A / Closing Remarks
Sandy Peters, CFA, CPA, Senior Head, Global Financial Reporting Advocacy, CFA Institute

DAY 2: Business Conduct in COVID Times

Opening Remarks and Introduction
Olivier Fines, CFA, Head Advocacy and Policy Research, EMEA, CFA Institute

Keynote Speech
Paul P. Andrews, Managing Director, Research, Advocacy & Standards, CFA Institute

Panel: Business Conduct in COVID Times - How is a crisis like COVID-19 forcing regulators to take position in favour of investor protection and market integrity?
-Cathie Armour, Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
-Allison Herren Lee, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
-Rui Pinto, Member, Board of the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM)
-Laura van Geest, Chair, Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM)
Moderator: Josina Kamerling, Head, Regulatory Outreach EMEA, CFA Institute

- The COVID pandemic crisis is a challenge for regulators. What is the right level of support? Should regulation be strengthened or softened?
- Investor protection is key as markets move online. How can regulators be ahead of the curve?
- What are issues to watch? Gamification and SPACS new developments
- Can good business conduct be supported by policy and regulation?

Q&A / Closing Remarks
Josina Kamerling, Head, Regulatory Outreach EMEA, CFA Institute

About the Speaker(s)

Rients Abma
Rients Abma

Rients Abma is the executive director of Eumedion, the Dutch corporate governance and sustainability platform for institutional investors. Previously, he worked at the Ministry of Finance as a senior policy adviser in the corporate governance area. Mr. Abma has served as secretary of the “Tabaksblat Committee” (the Dutch Corporate Governance Committee), secretary of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee (Frijns Committee), and secretary of economic affairs at the employers’ federation VNO-NCW. He is a member of the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) Capital Markets Committee, the AFM Advisory Panel of Representative Organisations, the Stakeholders Forum of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (as chair), the Advisory Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors Netherlands, and the Advisory Board of the Business and Law Research Centre of the Faculty of Law of Radboud University. In addition, Mr. Abma has served as a board member for the International Corporate Governance Network. He earned his master’s degree in general economics, with a concentration in monetary economics, from the University of Groningen.

Paul Andrews
Paul P. Andrews

Paul Andrews oversees the strategic direction and leadership of the Research, Advocacy, and Standards function at CFA Institute, where he seeks to position the organization as an innovator and thought leader in investment management. Previously, he served as secretary general of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). Mr. Andrews also served as vice president and managing director, international affairs, at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he directed the organization’s international engagements and worked closely with key regulators and regulatory bodies worldwide, including IOSCO. In addition, he worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where he worked in the Division of Market Regulation and the Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Andrews has also worked in private legal practice. He is a graduate of the Catholic University School of Law and Villanova University.

Cathie Armour
Cathie Armour

Cathie Armour is a commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). ASIC’s Commission is responsible for the organization’s performance as Australia’s integrated corporate, financial markets, financial services, and consumer credit regulator. Ms. Armour is the chair of ASIC’s Regulatory Issues Committee. She works closely with the ASIC teams responsible for regulating market infrastructure, market surveillance, supervision of market intermediaries, and the enforcement of laws relating to market integrity. Previously, Ms. Armour served in legal counsel leadership roles at international financial institutions. She was general counsel for Macquarie Capital and an executive director of Macquarie Group. Ms. Armour began her career in private legal practice and has worked for law firms in Sydney and New York City. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Marcelo Barbosa
Marcelo Barbosa

Marcelo Barbosa is the chairman of Securities Commission of Brazil. He has taught corporate law at Rio de Janeiro State University and a seminar on Topics of Capital Markets Law at FGV in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Barbosa has served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fundação Estudar and a member of the Columbia Global Centers Latin America Advisory Board and the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. He was also a member of the Audit Committee at Lemann Foundation. Mr. Barbosa earned a bachelor’s degree in law from of Rio de Janeiro State University and an LLM from Columbia University.

John Berrigan
John Berrigan

John Berrigan is the director general of DG FISMA (Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union) of the European Commission, which is responsible for EU-level policymaking and legislative initiatives with respect to the financial sector. He represents the European Commission on the Economic and Financial Committee and the Financial Services Committee, which report to EU finance ministers. Mr. Berrigan also represents the commission on the Financial Stability Board, which reports to G20 finance ministers. He attends the European Systemic Risk Board meetings and is a permanent observer on the Single Resolution Board. Mr. Berrigan has been a commission official since the mid-1980s and has spent most of that time working on financial-sector issues—first at DG ECFIN and now at DG FISMA. He worked on preparations for the introduction of the euro and was secretary of the so-called Giovannini Group, which produced reports, inter alia, on issues related to euro-denominated debt issues and post-trading in EU securities markets in the early 2000s. Mr. Berrigan also worked for several years with the International Monetary Fund. He has a master’s degree in economics from University College Dublin.

Photo of Olivier Fines
Olivier Fines CFA

Olivier Fines, CFA, is head of advocacy and capital markets policy research for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region at CFA Institute. With teams based in London and Brussels, he leads the effort in researching and commenting on the major trends that affect the investment management industry, changes to the profession, and policy and regulatory developments. The positions taken on these issues and the research pieces that are published are meant to promote the fundamental principles upheld by CFA Institute: investor protection, professional ethics, and market integrity. Previously, Mr. Fines spent 15 years in investment management—spanning research, portfolio management, product management, and regulatory compliance work—at firms based in Paris and London. Prior to joining CFA Institute, he was head of risk and compliance at Rothschild & Co for the private equity and private debt division.

Janine Guillot
Janine Guillot

Janine Guillot is chief executive officer of the Value Reporting Foundation. As CEO, her priorities are to increase the use of Integrated Thinking Principles, the Integrated Reporting Framework, and the SASB Standards by companies and investors around the world and to advance progress toward a globally accepted comprehensive corporate reporting system. Ms. Guillot has 30+ years of experience in senior leadership roles in financial services. Previously, she served as CEO of SASB. Prior to joining SASB, Ms. Guillot served as chief operating investment officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). At Barclays Global Investors, she served as chief operating officer for the European and global fixed-income businesses. At Bank of America, Ms. Guillot served in chief financial officer and chief administrative officer roles for retail and commercial business units. She began her career as a technical accountant and auditor at Ernst & Young. In recognition for her leadership at the intersection of sustainability, accounting, and finance, Ms. Guillot was selected as a 2020 NACD Directorship 100 Honoree and named to the 2020 Business Insider 100 People Transforming Business list. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

Allison Lee
Allison Herren Lee

Allison Herren Lee is a commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, appointed by President Donald Trump and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. She has over two decades of experience as a securities law practitioner. Most recently, Commissioner Lee has written, lectured, and taught courses internationally on financial regulation and corporate law. She served for over a decade in various roles at the SEC, including counsel to Commissioner Kara Stein and Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit. In addition, Commissioner Lee served as a special assistant US attorney, was a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Public Company Disclosure, and participated on a USAID project in Armenia, assisting in the drafting of periodic reporting and disclosure provisions for a comprehensive law on securities market regulation. Prior to her government service, she was a partner at Sherman & Howard LLC, focusing on securities, antitrust, and commercial litigation. A member of the Colorado Bar Association, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law, where she was salutatorian and a Chancellor’s Scholar and served on the Law Review.

Josina Kamerling
Josina Kamerling

Josina Kamerling is head, regulatory outreach, for CFA Institute for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region and is based in the Brussels office. She is responsible for supporting CFA Institute's EMEA policy development, advancing the impact of advocacy efforts, and promoting capital market integrity and investor protection issues.

Erkki Liikanen
Erkki Liikanen

Erkki Liikanen is the chair of the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation and the chairman of the board of Helsinki Graduate School of Economics. He served as governor of the Bank of Finland, chairman of the European Central Bank’s Audit Committee, and governor of the International Monetary Fund for Finland. Mr. Liikanen has chaired a high-level expert group that proposed structural reforms to the EU banking sector. He was a member of the European Commission and served as head of the Finnish Mission to the European Union and minister of finance for Finland. Mr. Liikanen is the youngest person ever to become a member of the Finnish Parliament, starting at the age of 21. He is the chairman of the board of Bruegel, a European think tank, and of the Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Liikanen is a member of the European Central Bank’s Ethics Committee and the Finance Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He earned a master’s degree in political science (economics) from the University of Helsinki and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Technology in Finland, the Aalto University School of Business, and the University of Eastern Finland.

Sandy Peters
Sandy Peters

Sandy Peters, CFA, is senior head of financial reporting policy and serves as spokesperson for CFA Institute to key financial reporting standard setters including the IASB, FASB, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She holds the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

Rui Pinto
Rui Pinto

Rui Pinto is member of the Board at CMVM. Mr. Pinto graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University in Business Administration and Management. Mr. Pinto is also a CFA Charterholder since 2017. Currently, He is Chair of the Board of the Portuguese Investor Compensation System. From 2014 to 2016 Mr. Pinto was deputy Director of the Prudential Supervision Department of Banco de Portugal. He joined Banco de Portugal in 2008 in the Prudential Supervision Department and was head of the Research and Analysis Unit and of the Specialised Supervision Division. Mr. Pinto participated in several international working groups in the European Commission, the European Banking Authority and the Single Supervisory Mechanism. His previous roles are equity analyst at Grupo Santander and analyst and fund manager at Caixa Asset Management.

John Streur
John Streur

John Streur is president and chief executive officer of Calvert Research and Management, an investment management firm that specializes in responsible and sustainable investing across global capital markets. He is the president and a trustee/director of the Calvert Funds, a director of Calvert Foundation, and a member of its Risk Oversight Committee. Since joining Calvert, Mr. Streur has guided the creation of the Calvert Principles for Responsible Investing and the Calvert Research System, as well as the development of the Calvert Responsible Investment Index Funds. Previously, he served as president, director, and principal of Portfolio 21, a boutique investment management firm specializing in global environmental investing. Mr. Streur also spent 20 years at Managers Investment Group LLC (and its predecessor), which he co-founded and where he served as president, CEO, and chair of the Investment Committee, as well as president and trustee of the firm’s fund family, Managers Funds and Managers AMG Funds. He has managed socially responsible investments for institutional clients since 1991. Mr. Streur is a founding member of the Investor Advisory Group for SASB and a member of Merck’s External Sustainability Advisory Council. He earned a bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin.

Laura van Geest
Laura van Geest

Laura van Geest is chair of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). Within the board, she is responsible for communication, the internal audit services, strategy, policy and international affairs, and the AFM’s Expert Centre. Ms. Van Geest has held several positions at the Dutch Ministry of Finance. She began her career working in foreign financial affairs. After a stay as adviser at the International Monetary Fund, Ms. Van Geest focused on interior issues, acting as general treasurer and director-general for the national budget. She has also served as director of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
During her career, Ms. Van Geest has dealt with a wide variety of issues and stakeholders, including currency crises, pension reforms, and social health insurance laws, as well as the calculation of election programmes and yearly financial risk reports. She studied economics and public administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.