The Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law (JBIPL) is excited to host its Spring 2017 Symposium, Banking Law: Current & Future Issues, on Friday, February 10, 2017. The Symposium includes five panels of prominent attorneys and professors to share their experiences and expertise on some of the most pressing legal issues currently impacting the banking community. The morning kicks off with panel discussions focusing on cutting edge topics, such as cyber security and the quickly-evolving “FinTech” (financial technology) industry. The lunchtime panel centers on life as in-house counsel at nation-wide financial institutions. The afternoon includes a panel on the regulatory issues faced by community banks and the Symposium concludes with a hot button subject: consumer protection in the financial industry. The final panel is not to be missed, as the new administration and a conservative Congress begin their quest to dismantle the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and rollback key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.
This Symposium could not come at a better time. The potential impact the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress could have on the banking industry practically demands an in-depth examination of where the law stands and what the future may hold. Even before the political shake-up, the banking industry has been in the spotlight with legal issues making national headlines; the Wells Fargo scandal, the dozens of FinTech companies creating new competition for traditional institutions, and the resurgence of the debate on the future of community banking. The panelists, experienced practitioners and prominent scholars, are poised to offer their valuable perspectives and answer questions from attendees. JBIPL looks forward to gathering experts in the field to address current and future issues in banking law for the benefit of local attorneys and attorneys-to-be.