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Dear Colleague,

One of the strengths of American Banker’s coverage of the regulatory and legislative environment is our insight into what’s coming next.

Because we are constantly talking to government officials, lobbyists, lawmakers, analysts and more, we identify trends and future challenges often before others have heard of them. We know what product the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will target next and how lawmakers will handle efforts to reform the housing finance system.

With this year’s Regulatory Symposium, I would like to harness some of that capability to provide attendees a clear view of what is ahead for banks in the policy arena.

We will examine a range of key subjects, including Operation Choke Point and other regulatory efforts to scrutinize banks’ third-party relationships; cybersecurity in the wake of the Target data breach; and whether regulators are prepared for the next financial crisis.  We will also feature panels and speakers looking at what the mid-term elections mean for the regulatory agenda and where the CFPB will focus its attention in 2015.

In all of these discussions, we will be presenting a way for bankers, industry representatives and other interested stakeholders to get an insider view of what the next year and beyond will look like. It will also allow participants to hear directly from the regulators, lawmakers and bankers playing a key role in shaping that future.

In the three years since American Banker began the symposium, we have featured the top officials from the CFPB, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Treasury Department and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as well as leading lawmakers on the House and Senate banking committees. We’ve also heard from some of the industry’s leading executives, including the heads of HSBC, Fifth Third, and M&T. This year's conference is shaping up to offer a similarly fantastic lineup.

Please accept my invitation to join me on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 just outside of Washington D.C. This is your chance to hear firsthand from the players that are shaping the regulatory and legislative agenda – and know where the future of bank regulation is headed.


Rob Blackwell photo Rob Blackwell
Washington Bureau Chief
American Banker