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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SEC Announces Panelists for Credit Rating Agencies Roundtable

The SEC announced the expected panelists for its April 15 roundtable relating to its oversight of credit rating agencies.  The roundtable will be held at the SEC's Washington, D.C., headquarters and will begin at 10 a.m. ET with opening remarks from SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro.  Discussion topics will include issues related to recent SEC rulemaking initiatives, such as conflicts of interest, competition, and transparency. The roundtable will consist of four panels.

Roundtable participants will include leaders from investor organizations, financial services associations, credit rating agencies, and academia.

10:10 a.m. — Panel One: Current NRSRO Perspectives: What Went Wrong and What Corrective Steps Is the Industry Taking?
Daniel Curry, DBRS
Sean Egan, Egan-Jones Ratings
Stephen Joynt, Fitch Ratings
Raymond McDaniel, Moody's Investor Service
Deven Sharma, Standard & Poor's

11:30 a.m. — Panel Two: Competition Issues: What are Current Barriers to Entering the Credit Rating Agency Industry?
Ethan Berman, RiskMetrics Group
James H. Gellert, RapidRatings
George Miller, American Securitization Forum
Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego
Alex Pollock, American Enterprise Institute
Damon Silvers, AFL-CIO
Lawrence J. White, New York University

1:15 p.m. — Panel Three: Users' Perspectives
Deborah A. Cunningham, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Alan J. Fohrer, Southern California Edison
Christopher Gootkind, Wellington Management
James Kaitz, Association of Financial Professionals
Kurt N. Schacht, CFA Institute
Bruce Stern, Association of Financial Guaranty Insurers
Paul Schott Stevens, Investment Company Institute

2:45 p.m. — Panel Four: Approaches to Improve Credit Rating Agency Oversight
Richard Baker, Managed Funds Association
Jörgen Holmquist, European Commission
Mayree C. Clark, Aetos Capital
Joseph A. Grundfest, Stanford Law School
Glenn Reynolds, CreditSights
Stephen Thieke, Group of Thirty

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