Center for Financial Services Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

MAY 14-15, 2020
SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION (CFMR 2020)
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), Lehigh University’s Center for Financial Services, University of Maryland’s Center for Financial Policy, and CFA Institute will jointly host the Seventh Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation (CFMR 2020). The goal of the conference is to bring together participants from academia and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

Two papers will be selected in each of four broad topic areas: corporate finance, market microstructure, financial intermediation, and asset management. The selection committee will focus on high quality paper submissions whose topics directly relate to the mission of the SEC. The deadline for paper submissions is November 15, 2019. Please view the CFMR 2020 Call for Papers

NOVEMBER 18, 2019
ESG INVESTING PANEL
AT REFINITIV

Today, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors have become important when measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment. Join us in NYC for a discussion on this controversial topic and network with industry peers. Our expert panel will discuss ESG investing and share their insights and knowledge on topics such as ESG’s rapid growth, ESG data analysis and scoring, sustainable funds' performance, and more. 

For more information and to register, visit the CFS NYC Conference 2019 page.

This conference is brought to you by the Center for Financial Services (CFS) in cooperation with the CFS Advisory BoardKKRLehigh Wall Street Council, and Refinitiv.

Past Events

2019

OCTOBER 18, 2019
FOURTH ANNUAL FINANCE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT LEBOW SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT DREXEL UNIVERSITY

The "Philly Five" Regional Finance Conference was held at the LeBow School of Business at Drexel University. The annual research symposium was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University, University of Delaware, and Villanova University. It was a day of networking and research discussion that featured five completed research papers presented seminar style and a few presentations of "early ideas" with preliminary findings.

MAY 9-10, 2019
SIXTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

On Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10, 2019, the SEC, Center for Financial Services at Lehigh University, Center for Financial Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute jointly hosted the Sixth Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation (CFMR) at the SEC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The CFMR brought together participants from academia, industry, government, and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

The presenters and discussants tackled thought-provoking topics including product differentiation as a predictor of fraud, short selling and adverse selection, tweets to motivate investors, order routing to high frequency traders and ATSs, effects of a shock to angel finance, corporate disclosure, post-crisis liquidity regulation, risk retention rules, fiduciary duty and financial advice, and alternative pricing rules.

The CFMR lunch keynote address was given by Commissioner Hester Peirce. In addition, there was a SEC panel on economic analysis in enforcement cases.

To view presented papers, check out the Sixth CFMR eJournal, which is available to all SSRN subscribers at no charge. The CFMR eJournal contains abstracts of the conference papers with links to the full text in the SSRN eLibrary.

MARCH 27, 2019
CFS SPRING SPEAKER SERIES
AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY'S RAUCH BUSINESS CENTER

Talk given by Daniel Pietrzak '97, Member/Co-Head of Private Credit, KKR

"THE EVOLUTION OF PRIVATE EQUITY"

  • The continued evolution of private equity and major trends shaping the future of the industry
  • KKR's history and how its private equity roots have created the foundation for new businesses
  • How KKR is accelerating growth within the Credit space and what are the significant opportunities

This event was co-sponsored by the Finance Club and the Investment Management Club.

2018

DECEMBER 4, 2018
BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES PANEL
AT REFINITIV

Lehigh’s Center for Financial Services hosted its third annual New York City conference in December at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters). The panel discussion focused on one of the biggest trends in the Fintech space – Blockchain Technologies. The expert panel provided thoughtful comments and an insider’s view into the exciting, fast-paced sector of finance and technology.

CFS Board member Julian Sluyters '82, Advisor at GECKO Governance, moderated the discussion among panelists:

  • Dan DiSano, CEO, AxisPoint
  • Eileen Lowry, global program director, IBM Blockchain Garage
  • Mike Orcutt, associate editor, MIT Technology Review
  • Kevin Worth '91, CEO, CoinDesk

The conference was brought to you by the CFS in cooperation with the CFS Advisory BoardLehigh Wall Street Council, and Refinitiv.

OCTOBER 26, 2018
THIRD ANNUAL FINANCE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY'S FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

The "Philly Five" Regional Finance Conference was held at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. The annual research symposium was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University, University of Delaware and Villanova University. The conference featured five completed research papers presented seminar style and a few presentations of "early ideas" with preliminary findings.

MAY 10-11, 2018
FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

On Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11, 2018, the SEC, Center for Financial Services at Lehigh University, Center for Financial Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute jointly hosted the Fifth Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation(CFMR) at the SEC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The CFMR brought together participants from academia, industry, government, and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

The presenters and discussants tackled interesting and insightful topics including crowdfunding, hedge fund liquidity management, ETFs, fragmented markets, SEC's comment letter process, investment advisor misconduct, and portfolio pumping, to name a few.

The CFMR lunch keynote address was given by Commissioner Robert Jackson. In addition, there was a SEC panel moderated by Commissioner Michael Piwowar who discussed areas of academic research that could contribute to fulfilling the SEC's mission.

To view presented papers, check out the Fifth CFMR eJournal, which is available to all SSRN subscribers at no charge. The CFMR eJournal contains abstracts of the conference papers with links to the full text in the SSRN eLibrary.

2017

DECEMBER 5, 2017
CHALLENGES FACING ASSET MANAGEMENT PANEL
AT THOMSON REUTERS

Lehigh’s Center for Financial Services (CFS) hosted its second annual New York City conference in December that brought together a panel of experts to explore the robust topic of “Challenges Facing Asset Management.” The panel discussed various areas in asset management such active vs. passive investing, ETFs, the increasing role of technology, and MiFID II. The conference was co-sponsored by Thomson Reuters, Lehigh Wall Street Council, and the Center for Financial Services Advisory Board.

  • Bob Doll ’76, chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management, moderated the discussion among panelists:
  • Charles Kantor, managing director and senior portfolio manager, Neuberger Berman
  • Dorothy Lariviere, director, BlackRock
  • Pedro Matos, academic director, Mayo Center, The University of Virginia
  • Niraj Patel '21P, CIO, Lending Platforms, IBM
  • Rebecca Patterson, managing director and CIO, Bessemer Trust
  • Christof Stahel, assistant director, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, Securities and Exchange Commission

OCTOBER 27, 2017
SECOND ANNUAL FINANCE REGIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY'S BARTLEY HALL

The "Philly Five" Regional Finance Conference was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University, University of Delaware and Villanova University. The conference featured five completed research papers presented seminar style and three mini presentations of "early ideas" with preliminary findings.

MAY 4-5, 2017
FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The SEC, CFS at Lehigh University, Center for Financial Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute jointly hosted the Fourth Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation. The conference brought together participants from academia, industry and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission. The Fourth Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation eJournal is now available to all SSRN subscribers at no charge and contains abstracts of the conference papers with links to the full text in the SSRN eLibrary.

View Papers and/or Subscribe to the SSRN eJournal

MARCH 21, 2017
SPEAKER: IEX CEO, BRAD KATSUYAMA
AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY'S BAKER HALL IN ZOELLNER ARTS CENTER

The talk was hosted by the Center for Financial Services at the College of Business, Lehigh’s Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Zoellner Arts Center.

While working as an equities trader at the Royal Bank of Canada, Brad Katsuyama noticed that when he tried to buy stocks for his clients, the offers vanished from his computer screen before he could complete the transaction, as if someone was watching him. And the stock prices went up.

In his quest to find out why, Katsuyama, the subject of Michael Lewis’ best seller Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, discovered that high-frequency traders using computer algorithms can take advantage of their speed and proximity to stock exchanges to front run his trades. His concern that the market was ripping off investors compelled him to quit his high-paying job and start his own stock exchange, IEX. Despite strong opposition from incumbent exchanges—“Why Wall Street hates this man” read the headline on a USA Today article—IEX won approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission in June 2016. Katsuyama brought his “David among Goliaths” story to Lehigh, detailing his efforts to restore balance and trust to the market. Read more about this event here.

FEBRUARY 16, 2017
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF FINANCIAL SERVICES PANEL
AT THOMSON REUTERS

Lehigh’s Center for Financial Services (CFS) hosted its first conference in New York in February that brought together financial experts to explore the timely topic of “Unintended Consequences of Financial Services Reform.” The conference was sponsored by Thomson Reuters, The Lehigh Wall Street Council, and the Center for Financial Services Advisory Board.

Seth Finkel ’80, managing director of Neuberger Berman Wealth Management and a member of the Center for Financial Services Advisory Board, moderated the discussion among panelists:

  • Mark Flannery, Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair in Finance, University of Florida
  • Hester Peirce, senior research fellow, Mercatus Center of George Mason University
  • Jay Baris, partner Morrison & Foerster
  • Mark Winer, senior advisor to The Oakleaf Group

2016

NOVEMBER 18, 2016
FIRST ANNUAL REGIONAL FINANCE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT DREXEL UNIVERSITY’S LEBOW COLLEGE

The research symposium was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University and the University of Delaware. The conference featured four completed research papers presented seminar style and six mini presentations of “early ideas” with preliminary findings. It was a day of networking and research discussion.

MAY 12 – 13, 2016
THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The SEC, CFA Institute, Center for Financial Services at Lehigh University, and Center for Financial Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business jointly hosted the third annual conference on the regulation of financial markets. The goal of the conference was to bring together participants from academia, industry and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events. If you need additional information or have any questions please contact us today.