James Brigagliano Named Deputy Director in SEC Divison of Trading and Markets

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2009 (LAWFUEL) – The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that James Brigagliano has been named a Deputy Director in the agency’s Division of Trading and Markets.

Mr. Brigagliano has been serving as Associate Director for the Office of Trading Practices and Processing and has more than 20 years of experience at the SEC. He replaces Robert Colby, who left the agency for the private sector at the end of February.

“I am pleased to have Jamie play an expanded role in the Division’s management,” said Erik Sirri, Director of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets. “The Division will continue to benefit from Jamie’s management in a wider variety of areas. His insights, energy, and pragmatism will be especially valuable as we confront today’s challenging market environment.”

Mr. Brigagliano said, “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to pursue the Commission’s statutory mandate to promote fair and efficient markets.”

As an Associate Director, Mr. Brigagliano has been overseeing the Division’s regulatory program in trading practices, including Regulation SHO and other rules related to short selling and market manipulation. He also oversees the clearance and settlement program within the Division, as well as the enforcement liaison function. In his new role as Deputy Director, Mr. Brigagliano’s responsibilities will be expanded to include oversight of the Division’s Office of Market Supervision, which has responsibility for matters related to oversight of stock and option exchanges, and the Division’s Office of Market Operations.

Mr. Brigagliano, 51, joined the Division in 1998. He was previously Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Administrative Practice in the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel, representing the Commission in a wide range of matters in federal district and appellate courts. Mr. Brigagliano has received a number of awards for his work at the SEC, including the Capital Markets Award, the Jay Manning Award, and the Supervisory Excellence Award. He came to the SEC in 1986 after three years in private practice. Mr. Brigagliano received his law degree from Georgetown University and undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

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