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About the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis

About the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis


The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) was created in September 2009 to integrate financial economics and rigorous data analytics into the core mission of the SEC. The Division is involved across the entire range of SEC activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement, and examination. As the agency's "think tank," DERA relies on a variety of academic disciplines, quantitative and non-quantitative approaches, and knowledge of market institutions and practices to help the Commission approach complex matters in a fresh light. DERA also assists in the Commission's efforts to identify, analyze, and respond to risks and trends, including those associated with new financial products and strategies. Through the range and nature of its activities, DERA serves the critical function of promoting collaborative efforts throughout the agency and breaking through silos that might otherwise limit the impact of the agency's institutional expertise.

The activities of the Offices as a whole include:

  • providing detailed, high-quality economic and statistical analyses, and specific subject-matter expertise to the Commission and other Divisions/Offices
  • identifying and analyzing issues, trends, and innovations in the marketplace
  • developing analytical approaches, methods, and models in order to identify trends, risks, or potential securities law violations in the capital markets
  • working with outside experts in academia and industry to strengthen the Commission’s foundation of market knowledge
  • managing and analyzing public and private data to support relevant initiatives and projects
  • creating knowledge through high-quality research and publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • participating in, and contributing to, academic and industry conferences 

DERA Offices

  • Office of the Director


  • Office of the Deputy Director


  • Office of Asset Management


  • Office of the Chief Counsel


  • Office of Corporate Finance


  • Office of Financial Intermediaries


  • Office of Litigation Economics


  • Office of Markets


  • Office of the Managing Executive


  • Office of Risk Assessment


  • Office of Research and Data Services


  • Office of Structured Disclosure


Office Information and Resources

Office of the Director

Mark J. Flannery, Director and Chief Economist

Office of the Deputy Director

Scott Bauguess, Deputy Director and Deputy Chief Economist

Jennifer Marietta-Westberg, Deputy Director and Deputy Chief Economist

Office of Asset Management

Christof W. Stahel, Assistant Director

Provides economic and other interdisciplinary analysis in support of the Commission on issues related to the regulation of investment advisers, investment companies, hedge funds and other institutional investors. This Office will also analyze proposals for new financial products, particularly involving exchange traded funds.

Office of the Chief Counsel

Vanessa Countryman, Chief Counsel

Provides guidance and counsel to the Chief Economist and other division staff regarding legal issues implicated by the Division’s broad mandate. The office coordinates the integration of the Division’s economic analyses into Commission rulemakings and other Commission action, collaborating with staff from divisions and offices across the agency. The office also counsels staff in the division working in areas such as structured disclosure, risk assessment, and data analytics.

Office of Corporate Finance

Simona Mola Yost, Assistant Director

Provides analysis in support of the Commission on issues related to the regulation of issuers of securities. This includes issues related to offerings of securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933 as well as unregistered offerings. It also includes matters related to regulation of issuers’ periodic reporting and proxy disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Topical areas include initial public offerings, seasoned equity offerings, corporate mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, corporate governance and voting, accounting and auditing standards, corporate and municipal debt offerings, disclosures related to asset-backed securities, and cross-border finance.

Office of Financial Intermediaries

Adam Yonce, Assistant Director

Provides economic analysis on issues related to the regulation and examination of broker-dealers, financial institutions, analysts affiliated with broker-dealers or financial institutions, clearing agencies, and National Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs).

Office of Litigation Economics

Chyhe Becker, Associate Director

Tom Dunn, Assistant Director (CHRO)

Eugene Canjels, Assistant Director (HQ)

Scott Walster, Assistant Director (NYRO)

Provides support in all aspects of SEC enforcement and litigation, such as identifying evidence of liability, analyzing materiality, estimating ill-gotten gains and damages, providing and responding to expert testimony in the context of negotiations and litigation, and supporting the distribution of recovered funds to harmed investors.

Office of Markets

Amy Edwards, Assistant Director

Analyzes issues relating to the structure and regulation of markets including equity, bond, option, securities lending, securities-based swaps, and other OTC derivative markets. Provides assistance in such areas as Commission rulemaking, oversight of SRO rulemaking and surveillance, review of proposals for new financial products and services, responding to requests from market participants for interpretive guidance or rule exemptions, and monitoring and surveillance of markets.

Office of the Managing Executive

Kristin Kaepplein, Managing Executive

Kim Coronel, Business Manager

Directs DERA’s business, operational, administrative, and support programs and activities. Its span of responsibilities reflects the mission support functions at the enterprise level including: human resources, financial management, contracting, information technology, and infrastructure support.

Office of Risk Assessment

Christopher Arnold, Assistant Director (NYRO)

Provides financial and risk modeling expertise to other offices and divisions to support supervisory, surveillance, and investigative programs related to corporate issuers, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and exchanges and trading platforms. The office also supports agency staff with examination planning, including providing guidance on the collection and analysis of data to help promote risk-based examination programs.

Office of Research and Data Services

Vacant, Assistant Director

Leads initiatives to develop and support cutting-edge data analytics and data services to support requirements for DERA’s four policy groups , as well as the metrics, models, and other tools developed as part of the risk assessment programs managed by ORA and other offices and divisions across the Commission. Central to this mission is the continuous growth and maintenance of the Quantitative Research Analytical Data Support (QRADS) program, which is designed to develop and refine high quality financial market data and robust analytical processes.

Office of Structured Disclosure

Mike Willis, Assistant Director

Leads the design and implementation of technological processes and tools to support the many structured data needs of the Commission, including the creation, implementation, and maintenance of forms and processes designed to capture structured data from SEC registrants through their filings with the Commission. This includes management and support of the technology required for the Commission to accept and for investors to view structured data filings. OSD also maintains business ownership of the Tips, Complaints, and Referrals (TCR) system, which includes administrative support, project management over the modernization, and the generation of usage reports.

Modified: Oct. 22, 2015