Europe Symposia


The Program on International Financial Systems entered its fourteenth year of hosting Europe-U.S. Symposia in 2016. This annual event attracts senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and Europe for intensive, off-the-record dialogue on issues affecting international capital markets.

The cornerstone of PIFS Symposia is the candid, intimate exchange of ideas and dialogue between global financial counterparts. In recent years, topics have included:

  • Divergence between U.S. and EU regulations (focus on CCPs, Capital)
  • Liquidity in the private fixed income market
  • Regulation and supervision for U.S. and EU banks
  • The effect of quantitative easing on capital markets
  • SIFI design: setting the scene for insurance companies, asset management firms and other non-financial industries
  • Different tools or different rules? Assessing the consistency of EU derivatives and trading rules with Dodd-Frank

Dialogue on these topics takes place in small group discussions and plenary sessions, as well as in more informal sessions at meals. Keynote addresses and panel discussions also serve to initiate and enhance the interactive dialogue. Keynote speakers for the 2016 Symposium included:

  • Tara Rice, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Financial Stability, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Mario Nava, Director, Regulation and Prudential Supervision of Financial Institutions, European Commission
  • Sylvie Matherat, Chief Regulatory Officer and Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Chiara Zilioli, Director General, Legal Services, European Central Bank

These discussions and presentations are synthesized and presented on the final day of the Symposium in a plenary session, and then summarized and published in a final Symposium report that is distributed to participants. At the conclusion of each Symposium, participants leave with an enhanced sense of the key capital markets and financial and regulatory issues affecting market practitioners and policymakers. Lead sponsors of Europe-U.S. Symposia in recent years have included:

  • Citi
  • Deutsche Bank
  • TIAA CREF Financial Services

For more information on the Program, or to request an invitation, please contact Whitney Vasey at