The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has now announced the opening of registration for its 93rd Annual Conference, which will be held at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland from September 26 through 28. This year's conference, "Charting a Course for the Future of Financial Regulation," will allow participants an opportunity to take advantage of expert insight into the changes on the horizon for regulatory structures and industry practices following a year of congressional action in response to the financial turbulence that roiled through global financial markets and economies.
The conference will feature three panel discussions that address the practical consequences facing the three principal groups affected by financial reform: regulators, industry, and investors. The first panel discussion, "Navigating Reform," will explore the regulatory initiatives that will ultimately reach investors and govern industry actions after securities regulators finish the arduous process of conducting a myriad of new studies and completing the rulemaking process. The second panel, "Practical Consequences of Reforming Your Business Model," will examine how the business models of today will hold up against the regulations of tomorrow, particularly as broker-dealers and investment advisers face a tsunami of new rules. The last scheduled panel discussion, "Guiding Investors Through the New Market," will explore the different paths investment advice might take in order to help re-educate investors to meet the challenges of the new market era.
The conference will also feature open forums sponsored by each of NASAA's five sections (Broker-Dealer, Corporation Finance, Enforcement, Investment Adviser, and Investor Education) as well as a Joint Web CRD/IARD forum. Additionally, the conference will also include a luncheon with a keynote speaker and a luncheon with a presidential address by NASAA President-elect David Massey of North Carolina. Other events scheduled in conjunction with the conference include a meeting of the American Bar Association's State Regulation of Securities Committee and the annual Paralegal Roundtable Program.
Interested members of the public may view the full schedule of events and register for the conference online at www.nasaa.org. Participants who register by August 3 may take advantage of reduced early registration rates. Participants may reserve hotel accommodations at the special group rate of $189 per night by calling the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel directly at (800) 228-9290 and providing group code "NASAA." Attendees
should make their hotel reservations by August 19.