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SEC Names Trading and Markets Deputy Directors

Traders Magazine Online News, August 17, 2018

John D'Antona Jr.

The hiring spree at the Securities and Exchange Commission continues.

The USí leading financial market regulator has appointed Elizabeth Baird and Christian Sabella as its newest Deputy Directors in the Division of Trading and Markets.

Baird joins the SEC from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she was a partner in the firmís Washington, D.C. office and served as a leading adviser to businesses and investors in the fixed income, equities, and options markets. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Baird spent nearly a decade trading bonds. Baird earned her bachelorís degree from Brown University and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Sabella has been an Associate Director in the divisionís Office of Clearance and Settlement since 2015, and played a key role in the development, implementation, and oversight of financial market infrastructure policy initiatives, including standards for systemically important clearing agencies and shortening the standard settlement cycle. He joined the SEC in 2011 as a branch chief in the divisionís Office of Derivatives Policy and Trading Practices and later served as counsel to the director of the Division of Trading and Markets. Sabella earned his bachelorís degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

ďLizzie and Christian bring a breadth of complementary experience and perspectives that will help the Division and the agency continue to look out for the long-term interests of Main Street investors,Ē said Brett Redfearn, Director of the Division of Trading and Markets.

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