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Robert Pickel holds Hazelhoff Guest Lecture at Leiden University

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On 11 May 2016, Robert Pickel, former CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and P.R.I.M.E. Finance Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, will hold the eleventh Hazelhoff Guest Lecture. His lecture is entitled ‘The Deadliest Sin of the Financial Crisis’.  Read a summary of Pickel's lecture

Previous Hazelhoff Guest Lectures were given by Jan Kees de Jager, former Dutch Finance Minister, Rutger Schimmelpenninck and Ben Knüppe, liquidators in the bankruptcy of DSB Bank, Nout Wellink, former president of De Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch central bank), Rutsel Martha, former Justice Minister of the Dutch Antilles, Don Scott De Amicis, former Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Joanne Kellermann, board member Single Resolution Board, and Wim Mijs, Chief Executive of the European Banking Federation (EBF).

Robert Pickel

Robert Pickel served as the CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) until 2014. During his nearly 17 years with ISDA, he served over ten years as CEO in addition to the positions of executive vice chairman and general counsel. In Spring 2016 he will be the Lord Woolf P.R.I.M.E. Finance Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences in Wassenaar. Currently, Mr. Pickel consults on derivatives related matters, serves as a Non-Executive Director of Tradition SEF, a swap execution facility in the United States and is a member of the advisory board of Droit Financial Technologies. Prior to joining ISDA, Mr. Pickel was assistant general counsel in the Legal Department of Amerada Hess Corporation, an international oil and gas company, from 1991 to 1997 and worked at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

‘The Deadliest Sin of the Financial Crisis’

Many causes and contributing factors for the global financial crisis have been identified by reports, academics and pundits. But what role did simple human failings, writ large, play in the financial crisis? Touching on many aspects, including finance and law, this Hazelhoff Guest Lecture will explore that question. In the lecture, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. The lecture will conclude with a reception, sponsored by SBR Leiden.

Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law

The Hazelhoff Guest Lectures are organized by the Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law. The Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law provides academic education and performs research in the field of financial law.

Practical information

Date: Wednesday 11 May 2016
Time: 15.30-17.00h concludes with a reception
Location: Grotiuszaal (A051a) | Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw (Leiden Law School)