Dr. Heath Tarbert, a partner of the global law firm of Allen & Overy, has been appointed as a non-resident fellow of the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS).

Tarbert currently heads Allen & Overy’s U.S. bank regulatory group, which is part of a global financial regulatory practice that includes over 80 lawyers operating out of 43 offices in 30 countries advising on complex multi-jurisdictional matters and the increasingly important overlap of U.S., U.K., and E.U. regulations.  Prior to returning to private practice, Tarbert served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, where he worked on the various legislative proposals that culminated in the sweeping Dodd-Frank Act.  He previously served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States at the White House where he worked with Executive Branch officials to develop emergency measures taken by the U.S. Government during the global financial crisis.  Earlier in his career, he clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He obtained his J.D. and S.J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his D.Phil. from Oxford University.

Hal S. Scott, director of PIFS and Nomura Professor at Harvard Law School, said, “Heath’s addition to our existing team of Fellows and staff will allow us to expand our significant and comprehensive research on capital markets, financial regulation, and international finance.”  He added, “Now is a particularly critical time for the future of international finance—public and private sector leaders from the Americas, Europe, and Asia must work in parallel to strengthen the resiliency of our global financial system.”

Founded in 1986, PIFS fosters the exchange of ideas on capital markets, financial regulation, and international financial systems through its acclaimed portfolio of Symposia on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century.  Each year, PIFS bilateral Symposia bring together senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and their counterparts from China, Europe, Japan, and Brazil.  The next invitation-only PIFS Symposium, entitled “An Agenda for Europe and the United States,” will be held in Armonk, NY on March 27-29, 2014.  Speakers will include Dr. Andreas Dombret of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Yves Mersch of the European Central Bank, and Governor Daniel Tarullo of the Federal Reserve Board.