Sponsoring Conferences for Industry Professionals

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Since 1997, the Center for Banking and Finance has sponsored an annual continuing legal education program for the banking law community. The Banking Institute is a well-attended program that, in recent years, has been held in Charlotte, a major financial center. Speakers at past institutes have included:

  • Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America
  • Paul L. Reynolds, CAO of Fifth Third Bank
  • Kelly S. King, CEO of BB&T
  • Donald Powell, chairman of the FDIC
  • Donna Tanoue, chairman of the FDIC
  • Sheila Bair, chairman of the FDIC
  • Mark Olson, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Elizabeth Duke, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Jerry Hawke, Comptroller of the Currency, Arnold & Porter
  • Gene Ludwig, Comptroller of the Currency
  • Julie Williams, chief counsel, OCC
  • Virgil Mattingly and Scott Alvarez, general counsel, Federal Reserve Board
  • Hugh McColl, CEO of Bank of America
  • Ken Thompson, CEO of Wachovia
  • Ed Crutchfield, CEO of First Union
  • John Allison, CEO of BB&T
  • Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell
  • John Douglas, Paul, Hastings

In recent years, a bank general counsel has attended the Banking Institute. We've been privileged to hear from the general counsel of:

  • Bank of America (2007, Tim Mayopoulos)
  • Wachovia (2008, Mark Treanor)
  • RBC Bank (USA) (2009, Jerry Hurst)
  • Bank of America (2010, Edward O'Keefe)
  • The Clearing House (2011, Robert C. Hunter, Deputy General Counsel)
  • BB&T (2012, Robert J. Johnson, Jr.)    
  • Wells Fargo (2013, Jim Strother)
  • CommunityOne Bank (2014, Beth DeSimone)
  • Credit Suisse (2015, Andrew M. Hutcher, Managing Director and Counsel, and Anthony M. O'Connor, Director and Counsel)

The center sponsors or co-sponsors three other annual programs:

An Emerging Issues Forum has also been developed to provide in-depth programs on an occasional basis on particular issues of current interest to the financial services community. The first such forum was held May 13, 2002, in Washington D .C., on the subject of Off-Balance Sheet Finance and Accounting.

The center has also co-sponsored conferences outside of North Carolina with other organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Securities Industry Association, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to helping market these conferences, the center provides speakers from the center's faculty and helps identify other leading speakers from throughout the country.

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