The 2010 Global Financial Services Centres Conference

Tuesday 27thth and Wednesday 28thth April 2010

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Ethiopis Tafara

Director of the Office of International Affairs
SEC

Ethiopis oversees the SEC's international regulatory policy and enforcement initiatives, working with foreign regulators and international organizations, as well as the SEC's other division and office directors with respect to the international aspects of the SEC's programs. He advises the SEC on the international implications of new SEC initiatives on corporate governance, auditor oversight and the creation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and attorney ethics. Ethiopis represents the SEC in the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Council of Securities Regulators of the Americas (COSRA), and has been a key player in the SEC's ongoing regulatory dialogue with the European Commission. He also worked to enhance the SEC's enforcement cooperation with its foreign counterparts, through organizations such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and IOSCO's recent Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information. Ethiopis joined the SEC's staff in 1999 as an assistant director in the Office of International Affairs. Prior to joining the SEC, he was counsel to the chairperson at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and also served in the CFTC's Division of Enforcement. He began his legal career in Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton's Brussels office, where he worked on trade and competition matters. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.



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