IOSCO/PIFS-Harvard Law School
Global Certificate Program for Regulators of Securities Markets
June 19-30, 2017, Madrid, Spain
December 3-8, 2017, Cambridge, MA, United States
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Harvard Law School Campus
1585 Massachusetts Av.
Cambridge, MA 02138
June 19-30, 2017, Madrid, Spain
December 3-8, 2017, Cambridge, MA, United States
The tuition for Phase I at IOSCO is offered at no cost.
The tuition fee for Phase II at Harvard Law School is USD 7,000.
Attendees are expected to arrange and pay for all transportation, accommodation, and meal expenses outside of the events offered.
+ What is the IOSCO/PIFS-HLS Global Certificate Program?
The IOSCO/PIFS-HLS Global Certificate Program is a program for regulators of securities markets jointly organized by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School (PIFS-HLS). The program has two phases:
- Phase I, administered by IOSCO, consisting of three components: online learning materials; an in-person module on regulation; and an in-person module on compliance
- Phase II, administered by PIFS-HLS, consisting of a one week-long in-person module taught on campus at Harvard Law School
Phase I covers the fundamentals and intricacies of securities regulation and compliance and will be delivered primarily by current or former securities regulators. Phase II is intended to be forward looking with respect to current and future regulatory challenges and emerging issues and will be delivered by leading Harvard academics, securities regulators and leading public policy makers. To ensure a cohesive program that meets the expectations of attendees, both IOSCO and PIFS-HLS share general oversight of the program.
The format of the program includes the use of case studies, hypothetical exercises and group exercises. There are course and pre-course readings, homework exercises and group projects for each phase.
The tuition for Phase I is offered at no cost to IOSCO members. The tuition fee for Phase II is USD 7,000 for participation in all five days of course. Room and board are not included, but a continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks during the week will be provided.
+ Who should attend?
The IOSCO/PIFS-HLS Global Certificate Program is offered to all IOSCO members. While any IOSCO member employee may attend the program, it is specifically designed for regulatory staff with strong leadership potential and approximately five years of regulatory experience.
+ Why enroll in the program?
This program is a unique opportunity to bring securities regulators together in a structured yet flexible environment. Participants will share experiences and learn regulatory techniques and strategies that are practical, innovative, and representative of the very latest thought in enhanced securities regulation.
The program is designed with the ultimate goal of immediately helping regulators from all over the world to enhance their skills in protecting investors, ensuring the integrity of the capital markets, and strengthening financial stability.
Participants have up to three years to complete both phases of the Global Certificate Program. Successful attendees will be awarded a joint certificate of participation issued by IOSCO and PIFS-Harvard Law School. Participants are encouraged, but not mandated, to complete the two phases consecutively. Also, IOSCO members may attend any part of the program on a non-certificate basis.
+ Program content
Phase I (IOSCO) – Online Learning Materials
- IOSCO Capacity Building Online Toolkit - Risk Based Supervision and Enforcement
- Selected IOSCO pre-course reading materials
Phase I (IOSCO) – Module on Regulation (30 hours)
- The Capital Market System, Regulation, Role of the Regulator, and IOSCO Principles
- The Process of Going Public and Listing Requirements
- Now That You Are Publicly Owned and the Consequences of Responsibilities of Public Ownership
- Transparency, Disclosure and Prospectuses Requirements (Including Duty to Disclose, Duty to Update and Duty to Correct)
- Corporate Governance
- Potential Liability of Issuers, Officers, Directors, Promoters, and Business Judgement Rules
- Accounting and Auditing Issues for Regulators
- Regulation of Investment Funds and Asset Managers
- Case Studies and Practical Exercises
- Broker Dealer Duties to Clients and Breach of those Duties - Including Mis-selling, Fraud, Negligence, Churning, etc.
- Regulation of Retail Financial Services and Handling Customer Disputes and Measure of Damages for Breaches (ADR)
- Regulation of Exchanges, Dark Pools and Credit Rating Agencies
- Regulators and Investor Education
- Limiting the Risk with Risk Based Supervision
- Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
- Creating an Ethical Culture in an Organization
- Risk Management and Regulation
- Other Potential Regulatory Actions and Sanctions for Regulatory Violations
Phase I (IOSCO) – Module on Compliance (30 hours)
- Ensuring Compliance by Conducting Inspections/Investigations?: Why, When, and How
- Compliance Officers and Their Responsibility and Potential Liability
- Elements of Offenses and Documents Needed to Prove those Offenses - Elements of Each Offense
- Conducting the Examination/Investigation: The Plan, Obtaining Documents, and Asking Questions
- Market Manipulation Practical Exercise
- Insider Trading: Defined, and Investigating, Prosecuting and Overcoming the Challenges
- Enforcement Action and the MMoU
- Insider Trading Practical Exercise
- Challenges in Investigating Investment Funds, Hedge Funds and Other Collective Investment Schemes
- Role of Surveillance and Firms Conducting Internal Investigations
- Case Study Fraud and Ponzi Scheme
- Special Challenges in Examining Complex Financial Products - Structured Products, CDS, etc.
- Anti-Money Laundering Case Study and How to Examine AML
- Libor, Forex, and What can be Learned from those Investigations and Actions
- Case Study and Practical Exercises
Phase II (Harvard) – Ahead of the Curve (30 hours)
- Corporate Governance: Overview
- Corporate Governance: The Role of Institutional Advisors
- Corporate Governance: Short and Long-Term Investor Thinking
- Enforcement: Overview
- Enforcement Actions against Companies Versus Individuals
- Enforcement: Civil Versus Criminal
- Enforcement: Federal Versus State or Local
- Market Structure: Importance of Competitiveness
- Market Structure: Development of Private Markets
- Market Structure: Securitization
- Market Structure: Derivatives
- Systemic Risk: Definition and Importance of Systemic Risk
- Systemic Risk: The Role of Securities Regulators: Asset Management and Money Market Funds
- Systemic Risk: Clearing and Settlement Systems
- Risk Based Supervision and Risk Appetites
- Regulatory Structure: Different Models of National Regulatory Structure
- Regulatory Structure: Central Banks Versus Securities Regulators
- Regulatory Structure: Importance of International Organizations
Final content of the program is subject to change.
+ Affiliated Harvard faculty
John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School
Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession
Harvey Greenfield Professor of Securities Law, Harvard Law School
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
James S. Reid, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization, Harvard Law School
Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School
Unit Head, Entrepreneurial Management
Nomura Professor of International Financial Systems
Director, Program on International Financial Systems
+ Further information
For questions contact the IOSCO General Secretariat at: firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Online registration
Please note that this program is only open to members of IOSCO.
To secure your seat at the 2017 IOSCO/PIFS-Harvard Law School Global Certificate Program for Regulators of Securities Markets kindly register at your earliest convenience and no later than May 21st for Phase I at IOSCO (June 19-30, 2017) and no later than November 15th for Phase II at Harvard (December 3-8, 2017). After these registration deadlines have passed IOSCO and PIFS-HLS will be able to confirm the occurrence of each respective phase. Keep this in mind when making your travel and accommodation arrangements.
Given that June is a very busy month in Madrid, we kindly urge you to make your hotel reservation for Phase I at your earliest convenience. For information on how to make a reservation at some of the hotels that are within walking distance from IOSCO Headquarters, please click here.
Attendees have up to three years to complete both phases of the Global Certificate Program. Successful attendees will be awarded a joint certificate of participation issued by IOSCO and PIFS-Harvard Law School. While we encourage IOSCO members to complete the full program, it is also possible to attend any part of the program on a non-certificate basis.
To register for (any of) the two week-long sessions of Phase I at IOSCO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain, please complete the online registration form:
To register for the one week-long session of Phase II on campus at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge (Massachusetts), United States, please complete the online registration form on the website of PIFS-HLS:
Click here for a list with hotels near Harvard Law School in Cambridge (Massachusetts), United States.
+ Scholarship grants for Phase II
We are pleased to announce that the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School (PIFS-HLS) has successfully secured funding to establish a Global Certificate Program Scholarship Fund (“Fund”). PIFS-HLS, which administers Phase II of the IOSCO/PIFS-HLS Global Certificate Program for regulators of securities markets, both holds and administers this Fund which is made up of contributions from the academic, public and not-for-profit sector. Grants from this Fund shall be applied towards the tuition fee of Phase II. For this year, Phase II will be held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, from 3-8 December 2017.
We invite authorities from growth and emerging markets to nominate up to two eligible candidates for a scholarship grant (i.e. no self-nominations). Click here for the scholarship policy that governs the awarding of discretionary grants to eligible candidates from IOSCO members from growth and emerging markets, as well as the nomination form. The nomination form must be accompanied with a maximum two page (double space) essay written by the nominee him or herself only (no outside assistance) on the following topic:
Discuss your views with respect to a regulator´s responsibility to encourage market development and a duty to protect investors.
Nominations must be submitted by no later than 27 October 2017. Incomplete nominations (e.g. without the nominee´s essay) or nominations received after the submission deadline of 27 October 2017 will not be considered. The authorities of successful candidates will be notified by 10 November 2017. Note that successful candidates will be offered a full or partial tuition fee waiver. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in fee waiver and each candidate must bear his/her own costs. For any questions please contact the IOSCO Education and Training Team at email@example.com.