UVA Law Symposium – The Modern Structure of US Securities Trading: High-Frequency Trading, Dark Pools and Regulatory Concerns

April 22, 2016 | Charlottesville, Virginia


  • University of Virginia School of Law
    Caplin Pavilion
    580 Massie Road
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 Map

The 10th annual law and business symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law on April 22 will explore US securities trading and current market fragmentation and structure.

Panelists will discuss a wide range of topics, including the costs and benefits of high-frequency trading, sponsored access and dark pools (private exchanges or forums for trading securities); the effect that current market fragmentation has on investors; and the proper regulatory responses to the challenges presented by the current market structure.

Panelists include regulators, practitioners, scholars and market executives from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), WilmerHale, King & Spalding, Vanderbilt Law School, Babson College, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIMFA), the Intercontinental Exchange and IEX group.

The symposium will hold a keynote Q&A with Stephen Luparello, director of the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets, and Robert Colby, the chief legal officer of FINRA. Along with the keynote Q&A, the symposium will host four panels with opening remarks from Dean Paul G. Mahoney and Shannon Rice, editor-in-chief of the Virginia Business & Law Review

WilmerHale Partner Andre Owens will speak on the panel "Market Fragmentation Regulatory Concerns" and Senior Counsel Brandon Becker will speak on the panel "Realistic Ways to Address Harms from the Current Equity Structure."