• New York, New York, New York

    By • May 20th, 2009 • Category: Pure Content, Where I've Been

    If you follow my Twitter stream (…you should, it’s available in an RSS Feed, too!) you know that I was in NYC last weekend.  It was fun but also a little bit of business. (I love my “job.” I have convergence.)  I had a chance to meet with a few folks I only knew on a virtual basis until then.  As a result of those meetings I have a few more stories that I’m working diligently on.  

    Sometimes bigger stories take time to percolate and I’m being quite careful with these, as they are blockbuster.  

    I promise some new posts later today and tomorrow.

    In the meantime, take a look at some of my favorite guys.

    Doug Cornelius at Compliance Building

    Matt Kelly at Compliance Week

    Broc Romanek at The Corporate Counsel.Net

    Bruce Carton at Securities Docket

    I hope to be spending a lot of time with them the first week of June when I’ll be back at the Mayflower covering the Compliance Week Annual Conference.  It’s always fun and super-informative. We’ve planned a Tweet-Up too.  

    Top 10 Reasons to Attend
    Compliance Week 2009
    1. Earn CPE,CLE & director education credit: Available for financial executives, legal executives, and corporate boards of directors
    2. Meet regulators such as SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar, DoJ Deputy
    Attorney General David Ogden, and others from the SEC, DoJ, FINRA, FASB, and more
    3. Attend small-group Executive Sessions with former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, DoJ Assistant U.S. Attorney John Roth, former SEC Commissioner Cynthia Glassman, and others.
    4. Unsurpassed networking with the CCOs of Dell, D&B, Eastman Kodak, Fannie Mae, HP, McDonald’s, Office Depot, PepsiCo, Qwest, Starbucks, Tyco, Yahoo, and hundreds of other global compliance leaders.
    5. Expert insights and commentary from leading firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Baker Botts, KPMG, CA, Oracle, and Paisley.
    6. Your chance to experience what HP’s Chief Compliance Officer has called “The ‘Davos’ of Compliance.”
    7. Recession-proof pricing: Conference pricing at last year’s rates, and negotiated discounts at hotels, airlines, trains, and car rentals (we’ve thought of everything!)
    8. Two-in-one event: OCEG’s Leadership Conference takes place at The Mayflower that week as well
    9. Contributed internal resources from corporate speakers, including internal questionnaires, checklists, due-diligence resources, project plans, risk matrixes, and more!
    10. A unique opportunity to hear how compliance officers are making to do with less, and how you can too.

    I hope you can come.

    Photo my own. Heth and Jed in front of the Keith Haring mural at Houston and Bowery.

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    1. I’m glad you’re going to attend since I can’t. I would love to hear about what happens. Please debrief us. To what extent, if any, will the new push from the Administration to create a new financial watchdog affect proceedings at this event? Following is a clipping from Federal Tax News via the AccountsWorld News on this. I just love Mary Schapiro’s statement:

      Schapiro says: “I question pretty profoundly any model that would try to move investor protection functions out of the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

      Well, of course!! It just might cause the public to learn the truth!! Sacrament!!!

      Not that the public handles the truth well, and Mary’s motives are probably more territorial than anti-truth. Nevertheless, now is the time to abandon Business as Usual.

      SEC head objects to Obama financial watchdog plan

      WASHINGTON_The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is objecting to a plan being considered by the Obama administration to create a new financial watchdog to protect consumers.SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro says such a new entity, which was discussed Tuesday night by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other officials, would reduce the SEC’s authority and damage government protection of investors.Schapiro says: “I question pretty profoundly any model that would try to move investor protection functions out of the Securities and Exchange Commission.”That couldn’t be done “without really damaging the fabric of the entire investor protection regime,” she says.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

      WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Obama administration, trying to crack down on abuses exposed by the financial crisis, is considering creation of a regulatory commission to protect consumers of financial products such as credit cards and mortgages, according to administration and industry officials.These officials said the administration has been exploring such an approach in meetings over the past few days with executives of the financial services industry.The proposal could set off a turf war among federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the various bank regulatory agencies.There was also a discussion of the proposal at a dinner Tuesday at the Treasury Department attended by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers, director of the president’s National Economic Council.An administration official who confirmed that the dinner had taken place said no final decisions had been reached.An industry official said the administration supported the concept that has already been introduced in legislation by several senators. This official said the administration may offer its own approach to the issue.Geithner has said extensive changes were needed to make sure that the current financial crisis, the worst in seven decades, is never repeated.The officials who spoke late Tuesday did so on condition that their names not be used because the administration was not ready to unveil a proposal.Treasury issued a statement late Tuesday that called the dinner “one of a series of meetings with a wide range of relevant constituencies and experts” to seek views on regulatory reform.”Tonight’s outreach meeting was largely attended by academic experts and former government officials.

      Other meetings have been held with consumer and investor groups and a wide range of financial services and market participants,” the Treasury statement said. “No decisions have been made but the administration is actively seeking various viewpoints as it puts together its framework.”The proposal the administration was considering would centralize the enforcement of laws that protect consumers of financial products, such as credit cards, mortgages and mutual funds. That effort currently is spread across a number of federal and state agencies, including the Federal Reserve, the SEC and the Federal Trade Commission.Under one possible approach, some federal banking agencies might be combined and some powers over consumer products might be consolidated into a new body.A leading proponent of the commission approach has been Harvard University professor Elizabeth Warren, who currently is serving as the head of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the government’s $700 billion financial rescue effort.Warren argued in a 2007 article that the government needed to do a better job of protecting homeowners who take out mortgages and consumers of other increasingly complex financial products.Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., introduced legislation earlier this year that would create a commission like the one proposed by Warren.Some industry groups already have expressed opposition to the plan.The Financial Services Roundtable, which represents some of the biggest institutions in the country, has argued that it would be a mistake to separate the regulation of financial products from the regulators who oversee the institutions selling those products.It was unclear whether the administration will propose creating a new federal agency to house the commission or placing the commission under an existing agency.

      The administration is expected to unveil its proposal in the next few weeks as it pushes ahead with a sweeping effort to overhaul the government’s financial regulatory system.The administration already has put forward some broad principles for financial regulatory overhaul, including creation of new powers to allow authorities to take over major financial institutions that represent a threat to the system.

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