After 25 Years, SEC’s Trading and Markets Director Gets a New Life

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
September 19, 2011 /

After serving the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets for almost three years, James Brigagliano is leaving the agency at the end of September for the private sector.

Brigagliano was named the Deputy Director in the SEC‘s Division of Trading and Markets on March 4, 2009 and has since worked in the division for the past 13 years managing oversight of trading practices, market structure reforms, and recent Dodd-Frank Act rulemakings.

Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for the Office of Trading Practices and Processing, replacing Robert Colby who left the SEC for the private sector at the end of February 2009. Brigagliano has more than 20 years of experience at the agency.

Brigagliano served as Co-Acting Director of the Division from April 2009 to January 2010. Mr. Brigagliano previously worked in the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel for a dozen years representing the SEC in a wide range of litigation in federal district and appellate courts.

“Jamie’s commitment to protecting investors and promoting fair and efficient markets has served this agency well during challenging times,” said SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro.

“He has led initiatives to strengthen regulation of initial public offerings, research, short selling, issuer repurchases, broker-dealer conduct, market structure, and most recently over-the-counter derivatives under Dodd-Frank. Jamie always seeks to serve the interests of the investing public.”

Robert Cook, Director of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, added: “Jamie has played a significant and valuable role as a senior manager in the Division during his tenure as Deputy and Co-Acting Director, and we will miss his dedication and commitment.”

Mr. Brigagliano said “It has been a privilege to work at the SEC with such a dedicated and talented group of professionals unified in the cause of promoting investor protection and strong capital markets.”

Mr. Brigagliano, has received a number of awards for his work at the SEC, including the Capital Markets Award, the Jay Manning Award, and the Supervisory Excellence Award.

He joined the SEC staff in 1986 after three years in private practice. Mr. Brigagliano received his law degree from Georgetown University and undergraduate degree from Amherst College.


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