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 2017 Symposium will include:

  • Jaime Aguade, Chairman, Comisión Nacional de Valores, Mexico
  • Rocio Balestra, Commissioner, Comisión Nacional de Valores, Argentina
  • Lilian Rocca Carbajal, Former Superintendent, Superintendencia del Mercado de Valores, Perú
  • Joaquim Levy, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group
  • Otavio Ribeiro Damaso, Deputy Governor, Financial Regulation, Banco de Brasil
  • Andrew J Olmem, Special Assistant to the President for Financial Policy
  • Leonardo Pereira, Senior Fellow, Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS), Harvard Law School and Former Executive Chairman, Comissão de Valores Mobiliários, Brazil
  • Alberto Cavallo, Douglas Drane Career Development Professor of Information Technology and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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
  • Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados

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