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DU law professor named to inaugural national investor panel

J. Robert “Jay” Brown Jr. was named April 10 to the new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee.

University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor J. Robert “Jay” Brown Jr. was named April 10 to the new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee, a 21-member body created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Brown will be one of only two law professors on the panel, which includes national leaders in institutional and personal investments, insurance, consumer protection and corporate governance.

Committee members were nominated by the five sitting SEC commissioners. The committee will advise the SEC on regulatory priorities, the regulation of securities products, trading strategies, fee structures, the effectiveness of disclosure, and initiatives to protect investor interests and to promote investor confidence and the integrity of the securities marketplace. The committee will submit its findings and recommendations to the SEC.

Brown joined the University of Denver in 1988; he teaches corporate governance, business law, administrative law and securities regulation. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a doctoral and a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University. He has authored numerous publications in the area of corporate governance, and several of his articles have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Brown, a Fulbright Scholar, also has spent considerable time abroad, particularly in the former Soviet Union, advising governments in these areas. He is an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Brown says he is looking forward to getting to work. A meeting date has yet to be set.

“The Investor Advisory Committee has the capacity to play a very important role in advising the SEC on matters important to investors,” he says. “As one of only two law faculty on the committee, it was quite an honor to have been selected.”

Leaders at the Exchange Commission say they value the experiences the diverse panel brings.

“The SEC’s new Investor Advisory Committee is made up of individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences,” SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro says in a news release. “I look forward to their insight and recommendations as to how we can further the SEC’s critical investor protection mission.”


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