Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it will host a roundtable discussion in June on the topic of selective mutual recognition. Selective mutual recognition would involve the SEC permitting certain types of foreign financial intermediaries to provide services to U.S. investors under an abbreviated registration system, provided those entities are supervised in a foreign jurisdiction under a securities regulatory regime substantially comparable (but not necessarily identical) to that in the United States. The roundtable will explore whether selective mutual recognition would benefit U.S. investors by providing greater cross-border access to foreign investment opportunities while preserving investor protection.
The roundtable will take place on June 12, 2007, and will consist of a series of panels designed to reflect the views of different constituencies, including investors, exchanges, and broker-dealers. A separate panel also will consider the issue of how the SEC can best assess regulatory comparability and convergence.