New York City is universally acknowledged to be one of the major centers of global finance, and the Adam Smith Society’s New York Professional Chapter traditionally centers many of its events around individuals and topics related to the financial sector. However, with the 2016 Presidential Election looming, the NYC chapter is focusing its current and upcoming events on election-related policy and business topics. The NYC chapter’s salon dinner of December 8 was part of this new focus. The event featured Paul Atkins, chief executive of Patomak Global Partners, LLC, and former SEC Commissioner, for a discussion about public policy issues related to the financial sector.
A previous guest of the Adam Smith Society, Paul Atkins has an extensive background in financial regulation and oversight. Prior to co-founding Patomak, he was Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2002-2008) and then a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) (2009-2010). Previous to his term as SEC Commissioner, Mr. Atkins served on the staffs of SEC chairmen Richard C. Breeden and Arthur Levitt as chief of staff and counsellor, respectively.
Smith Soc’s NYC Professional Chapter hosted Mr. Atkins at the 21 Club on December 8th for a private salon dinner. Nearly twenty guests joined him as he discussed current financial policy generally, but specifically the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and its focus on designating asset managers as systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs). He also discussed ongoing efforts to require corporations to disclose their public policy expenditures.