SEC Equity Market Structure Committee Full of Tech Faces

New group formed to tackle growing issues

Citadel Securities' Jamil Nazarali is among the members of the new committee.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formed a new equity market structure committee as a new formal mechanism for tackling growing operational and structural problems in trading.

The new committee will act as a means by which the SEC can receive advice and recommendations specifically related to equity market structure issues.

Its members come from different sectors of the financial services industry. A large number of technologists and trading technology firms are represented, with additional members coming from academia and public interest groups.

“Additional expertise from a diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints will be invaluable to us in ensuring that our markets continue to operate openly, fairly and efficiently to benefit investors and promote capital formation,” says SEC Chair Mary Jo White.  “This impressive committee will provide extremely helpful input as we continue to move forward in our efforts to enhance our equity market structure.” 

Conflicts in Routing and Execution, NMS
Among the issues the committee is expected to be asked to discuss are those relating to the review of SEC Regulation NMS (national market system), the role of exchanges in the current market structure, and the presence and effect of conflicts in the routing and execution of equity orders. 

The committee is expected to hold public meetings approximately four times a year. Its first meeting will be held after the announcement of the establishment of the committee is published in the Federal Register.

The group has a two-year term, which can be renewed by the Commission, and will be led by its designated federal officer, SEC director of division of trading and markets Stephen Luparello.

Other members include:
Matthew Andresen, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Headlands Technologies LLC

Reginald Browne, Senior Managing Director & Global Co-Head, ETF Group, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Kevin Cronin, Global Head of Trading, Invesco Ltd.

Brad Katsuyama, President and CEO, IEX Group Inc.

Ted Kaufman, Professor, Duke University Law School and former U.S. Senator from Delaware

Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO, FINRA

Manisha Kimmel, Managing Director, Financial Information Forum

Mehmet Kinak, Vice President and Head of Global Equity Market Structure and Electronic Trading, T.Rowe Price Group

Andrew Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance and Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management and Chairman and Chief Investment Strategist, AlphaSimplex Group  

Joseph Mecane, Managing Director, Barclays PLC

Jamil Nazarali, Senior Managing Director & Head of Execution Services, Citadel Securities

Eric Noll, President & CEO, Convergex Group

Maureen O’Hara, Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and Chairman of the Board, Investment Technology Group Inc.

Joe Ratterman, CEO, BATS Global Markets Inc.

Nancy Smith, Corporate Secretary & Chief Integration Officer, AARP

Chester Spatt, Kenneth B. and Pamela R. Dunn Professor of Finance, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University and Director of its Center for Financial Markets

Gary Stone, Chief Strategy Officer, Bloomberg Tradebook LLC

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