The American Securitization Forum (ASF) will have Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mary Schapiro as keynote speaker at its 2011 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 22.

The SEC Chairman will address the government agency’s current priorities that include reinvigorating the financial regulatory system to protect investors. She is also expected to stress the SEC’s commitment to greater transparency, accountability and disclosure.

Schapiro has been SEC chairman since the start of 2009. Prior to that, she was CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA. She has also served as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's chairman as well as had a previous term as an SEC Commissioner.

“We are extremely pleased to have Chairman Schapiro address our annual meeting,” said Tom Deutsch, ASF executive director. “She is a key participant in the current drive to develop regulations aimed at implementing the Dodd-Frank Act. Those regulations will go a long way towards determining whether we can achieve the right balance of increasing transparency and accountability while also ensuring vital credit is restored to American consumers and businesses.”

ASF's two-day annual meeting to be held form June 21 to 22 in Washing-ton, will focus on a number of developments in both housing finance and Dodd-Frank, as well as global policy reform.

According to a release from the trade group, several panels will consider the current state of housing finance reform proposals, covered bonds, risk retention and mortgage servicing compensation and standards. Other panels will examine the different aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act's implementation and risk-based capital rules for securitization exposures.

“We have a full agenda this year,” Deutsch said. “We expect lively and thoughtful discussions with our members, regulators and other market participants on the whole range of issues impacting securitization markets.”


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