Roundtables

WIFPR Roundtable Purpose

The objective of the WIFPR Roundtables is to bring together experts from different disciplines, in particular law and finance, to have open discussions issues around financial policy and regulation.

2022

Topic: SPACS

On February 11, 2022 WIFPR held a roundtable on Special-Purpose Acquisition Company (SPACs). The roundtable focused on a white paper from Robert Jackson (NYU Law School) and John Morley (Yale Law School) on how SPACs act effectively as investment companies, but do not comply with the requirements of the Investment Company Act of 1940. The other side of the legal theory proposed by the authors is that SPACs are different from regular investment companies in that they intend to merge with an operating company after a period of time.

2021

Topic: Central Bank Digital Currency and Central Bank Independence

On September 10th, 2021 WIFPR hosted a roundtable on the future of central bank digital currencies and the question of central bank independence. The roundtable included officials from agencies such as the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, IMF and experts from think tanks and other academic institutions.

Topic: Payments, Antitrust, and Infrastructure

On October 26, 2021, WIFPR hosted a roundtable discussing the future of anti-trust regulations, payment systems, and infrastructure.