Mendoza School of Business

SEC Commissioner to speak on private markets

Published: November 19, 2019 / Author: Carol Elliott

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Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson, commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will present “Staying Private: The Costs of Private Empires” at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The talk will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 22) in Mendoza’s Jordan Auditorium.

The talk is free and open to all students, the Notre Dame community and the public.

Jackson was appointed to the SEC by President Donald Trump and sworn in on January 11, 2018. He has extensive experience as a legal scholar, policy professional and corporate lawyer. His academic work has focused on corporate governance and the use of advanced data science techniques to improve transparency in securities markets.

He was the founding director of Columbia Law School’s Data Lab, which uses cutting-edge technology to study the reliability of corporate disclosures. Jackson has written more than 20 articles in the nation’s most prestigious legal and economics journals.

His published work includes a study examining trading activity before the announcement of major corporate events, the first study of the effect of mandatory disclosure required by the JOBS Act on trading by individual investors, and the first comprehensive study of CEO pay in firms owned by private equity.

He has testified on his scholarship before the U.S. Senate, and his work was previously the subject of rulemaking commentary before federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the SEC.

Jackson holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Business, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

His talk is part of the Mendoza Dean’s Speaker Series, which is sponsored by The Eugene Clark Distinguished Lecture Series endowment.

For more information, contact Jean Meade, projects manager, at or 574-631-3277.

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