Equity market structure reform is largely a bipartisan issue. On this episode of inSecurities, Chris and Kurt take a look at the structure of our stock markets with special guests former SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson and George Mason Law Professor J.W. Verret.
Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr.
Commissioner Jackson was sworn in as an SEC commissioner in January 2018. He came to the SEC from NYU School of Law, where he is a professor of law.
Previously, Commissioner Jackson was professor of law at Columbia Law School and director of its program on corporate law and policy. Commissioner Jackson's academic work has focused on corporate governance and the use of advanced data science techniques to improve transparency in securities markets.
Commissioner Jackson has written more than 20 articles in the nation's most prestigious legal and economics journals, including a study that shines a light on the so-called 8K trading gap. In a past life, Commissioner Jackson was a big law attorney and an investment banker.
Commissioner Jackson left the Commission in February 2020 and returned to NYU as a law professor.
J.W. Verret teaches banking, securities, and corporation law as well as accounting for lawyers at the Antonin Scalia Law School. He's also been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School. Currently, Professor Verret serves on the Investment Advisory Committee of the SEC, where he advises the chairman of the SEC on legal and policy reform.
He has also served as independent chairman of the board of directors of Egan Jones Ratings, one of the eight domestic credit rating firms licensed by the SEC to provide credit ratings on the debt of public companies and provides recommendations on shareholder proxy votes.
Previously, Professor Verret served as chief economist and senior counsel to the US house committee on financial services. In recent years, you may have seen him on CNN, MSNBC, and other news networks where he comments on constitutional and political issues playing out inside the beltway.