Latin America Symposia

The Program on International Financial Systems entered its fifth year of hosting Latin America-U.S. Symposia in 2016. This event attracts senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and Latin America 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:

  • U.S. monetary policy and its impact on Latin America
  • Extraterritorial impact on Latin America of U.S. and European regulations
  • Pension fund diversification of Latin American assets
  • Implementation of regulatory reform and reduction of regulatory complexity in Brazil and the U.S.
  • Tax reform in Brazil and the U.S., and for cross-border transactions
  • Development of Derivatives Markets and Risk Management in Brazil

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 will include:

  • Leonardo Pereira, Executive Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil
  • Samuel Libnic, General Counsel for Latin America & Mexico, Citi (moderator)
  • Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
  • Ricardo Rodriquez Marengo, Chief Executive Officer of AFP Provida S.A.
  • Jaime Gonzalez Aguade, Chairman of the Board, National Banking and Securities Commission, Mexico

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 Latin America-U.S. Symposia in recent years have included:

  • Itaú BBA
  • KPMG LLP
  • Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados

For more information on the Program, or to request an invitation, please contact Whitney Vasey at wvasey@law.harvard.edu.