Jay Clayton, chair of the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, will discuss “The Evolving Markets for Retail Investment Services and Forward-Looking Regulation” during a presentation at Temple University on May 2.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. in the Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on North Broad Street on Temple’s Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public. It is jointly sponsored by the deans of the Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business.

Since becoming chair of the SEC in May 2017, Clayton has been focused on two key areas:

  •        making domestic capital markets more accessible to businesses and investors alike, while ensuring the United States continues to be the world’s leader in terms of effective disclosure and other investor protections; and
  •        examining and addressing equity and fixed-income market structure issues with an emphasis on fairness, efficiency, and resiliency, and recognizing that markets are ever-changing.

Clayton also has been outspoken on securities law issues related to distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies, and initial coin offerings.

Prior to joining the commission, Clayton was a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s management committee and co-head of the firm’s corporate practice.

Clayton has authored publications on securities law, cybersecurity, and other regulatory issues, and from 2009 to 2017, he was a Lecturer in Law and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell, Clayton served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marvin Katz of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

A member of the New York and Washington, D.C., bars, Clayton earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude), a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge (Thouron Scholar), and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (cum laude, Order of the Coif).

Clayton was born at Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia and was raised primarily in central and southeastern Pennsylvania. He has lived in Philadelphia, New York, London, and Washington, D.C.