Gillespie exhorted bankers Monday to take a bigger interest in public policy matters, particularly by suggesting changes to international capital requirements proposed in June.

"If it's appropriate for our regulators to challenge us, it's equally imperative that we challenge the regulators," Mr. Gillespie told commercial lenders gathered here for Robert Morris Associates' annual convention. "We have the opportunity in the next six months to influence the regulatory environment in which we will be working for many years to come.''

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