John M. Ramsay
Acting Director of Division of Trading and Markets
John Ramsay is Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, which establishes and maintains standards for fair, orderly, and efficient markets. The Division regulates the major securities markets participants, including broker-dealers, transfer agents, and self-regulatory organizations such as securities exchanges, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and clearing agencies. The Division also has responsibility for oversight of security-based swap markets and participants in such markets. From September 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Ramsay served as Deputy Director of the Division, overseeing several of the Division’s core regulatory functions, including those pertaining to broker-dealer financial responsibility and clearance and settlement, and has been instrumental in the Division’s activities relating to implementation of rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Between 1989 and 1994, Mr. Ramsay served with the SEC as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Division of Market Regulation and as Counsel to then-Commissioner Mary L. Schapiro. His other regulatory experience includes service in key positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the National Association of Securities Dealers (now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). From 1999 – 2010, Mr. Ramsay worked as a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis and Bockius, Senior Vice President at the Bond Market Association, Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at Citigroup Global Markets, and as a consultant with the Regulatory Fundamentals Group. Mr. Ramsay received his JD from the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin.