David Weild is considered by many to be the "father" of the JOBS Act as the Act was largely catalyzed by the work he published with co-author Ed Kim through Grant Thornton ("Why are IPOs in the ICU?" - 2008; "A wake up call for America" - 2009; "Market structure is causing the IPO crisis - and more" - 2010). David attended the signing of the Act by President Obama in the Rose Garden on April 5, 2012. He is the leading expert on how stock market structure impacts capital formation for issuers and economic growth. His work has been cited in or by the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House Jobs Council, the IPO Task Force Report to the US Treasury and the SEC. He recently addressed the 35 member nations of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development ("OECD").
David is a former vice chairman of The Nasdaq Stock Market and head of investment banking at Prudential Securities. He is the Founder & Chairman of the investment bank Weild & Co. (www.WeildCo.com) and heads capital markets thought leadership for Grant Thornton (www.GT.com).
Weild's views were initially controversial but have gained increasing acceptance. They have broad implications for any company accessing private or public equity markets or seeking to do a better job in investor relations. He spoke at the SEC Roundtable on Decimalization on February 5 of this year, where his study, "The trouble with small tick sizes" was submitted.
David holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business, a BA from Wesleyan University, and studied at the Stockholm School of Economics, HEC and the Sorbonne in France.
He is Chairman of the noted 9/11 charity Tuesday's Children