SEC Enforcement Issues in the World's Most Highly Sophisticated Market Structure at HFT Conference

Golden Networking brings Tech2Trade Expo 2013 (, World's Most Influential Alternative Investments Conference Series, including High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013, "Strategic and Tactical Insights for Investors, Speed Traders, Brokers and Exchanges," New York City, London, Chicago, Singapore and Frankfurt (

New York City, NY, USA (July 18, 2013) -- Mary Jo White, the recently named chairman of the Securities and Exchanges Commission, had the opportunity to highlight the new priorities for the agency. Enforcement and high-frequency trading figured prominently in the brief to-do-list she presented to members of the Senate Banking Committee.

Further strengthening the enforcement function of the SEC, fair but also bold and unrelenting, was top of mind in her presentation. Investors and all market participants, she said, needed to know that the playing field of the markets was level and that all wrongdoers, individual and institutional, of whatever position or size, would be aggressively and successfully pursued by the SEC. Strong enforcement, she noted, was necessary for investor confidence and was essential to the integrity of financial markets. Proceeding aggressively against wrongdoers was not only the right thing to do, but it also would serve to deter the sharp and unlawful practices of others who must be made to think twice, and stop in their tracks, rather than risk discovery, pursuit, and punishment by the SEC.

The SEC needed, she added, to be in a position to fully understand all aspects of today's high-speed, high-tech, and dispersed marketplace so that it could be wisely and optimally regulated, which meant without undue cost and without undermining its vitality. High frequency trading, complex trading algorithms, dark pools, and intricate new order types raised for her many questions and concerns. Were they problematic for retail and non-institutional investors? Did they result in unnecessary volatility, or create an uneven playing field? Or did these modern-day features bring benefits such as efficiency, price reduction, and healthy competition to our markets? Did they do all of these things? The experts and studies to date, she claimed, had not been consistent or definitive in their observations and findings about whether and to what extent harm was caused by the current market structure and practices. There must be a sense of urgency brought to addressing these issues to understand their impact on investors and the quality of the markets so that the appropriate regulatory responses could be made. Finally, chairman White committed herself to work not only to ensure that the SEC had the cutting-edge technology and expertise necessary to enable it to keep pace with the markets and its responsibilities to monitor, regulate, and enforce the securities laws, but also to see around the corner and anticipate issues.

To further elaborate on SEC enforcement issues in the world's most highly sophisticated market structure, Robert Cohen, Assistant Director of Market Abuse Unit, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will keynote High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 New York City (, July 30th, as part of Tech2Trade Expo 2013 New York City (

Cohen joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2004. He has been involved in significant enforcement actions involving investment advisers and companies, insider trading, market manipulation, public company accounting and financial disclosure violations. Currently, he is responsible for supervising investigations of large-scale market conduct. Prior to joining the SEC, Cohen was in private practice and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review, and received a B.S. from Cornell University.

Golden Networking's High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 will examine the speed trading industry from various angles, in an opened and unbiased environment highly conducive to networking. Topics to be discussed at High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 will include:

- Low Latency: How can Ultra-Low Latency be Achieved for High-Frequency Trading?
- Emerging Markets: How will Emerging Markets from Brazil to China Affect the Scope of High-frequency Trading?
- Robotic Markets: As High-frequency Trading Embraces Robotic Markets Worldwide, How Will Participants be Able to Find new Opportunities to Sustain Alpha Creation?
- Regulatory Impact: With High-frequency Trading in the Spotlight, how will New Regulations Change the Industry?
- The Future of HFT: How will High-frequency Trading Evolve in Ever-changing Technology and Regulatory Environments?

Tech2Trade Expo 2013, to be held in New York City, London, Chicago, Singapore and Frankfurt, is the world's most influential alternative investments forum for the hedge fund, high-frequency trading and derivatives communities. With dozens of practitioners, experts and regulators speaking in our programs, Tech2Trade Expo 2013 provides hundreds of investors, traders and portfolio managers with the key lessons, proven recipes and penetrating insights they are looking for to capture alpha in up and down markets.

High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 is produced by Golden Networking (, the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and investors. Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to download our Information Package or contact Golden Networking directly by calling +1-414-FORUMS0 or sending an email to

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