Christopher A. Iacovella

Chris Iacovella is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Securities Association (ASA). Mr. Iacovella is a leading national financial services policy expert whose opinions are frequently sought by regulators, members of congress, the media, and market participants. His subject matter expertise paired with an ability to communicate on complex policy issues makes him one of the principal thought leaders in the country, bringing credibility and recognition to ASA and its regional financial services members.

Prior to becoming the CEO of the ASA, he was the CEO of the Equity Dealers of America (EDA) where he launched the association in 2016, successfully branded it with policymakers and regulators, and substantially expanded its membership. Prior to his time at the EDA, he was the Senior Director of Global Government Affairs, Strategy, and Public Policy at Bloomberg, L.P. where he worked directly with Bloomberg’s internal businesses on regulatory solutions and interfaced with policymakers and regulators across the globe on capital markets issues. He has deep expertise on equity, fixed income, and derivatives market structure issues, as well as capital formation, SME policy, and wealth management issues.

Chris previously worked as Special Counsel & Policy Advisor to Commissioner Scott O’Malia at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, working on the implementation of Title VII of Dodd-Frank. While working at the CFTC, he was seconded to the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked with both the full Committee and the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs on equity, fixed income, derivatives, and securitization issues. Prior to that, Chris worked as a surety bond broker, on a fixed income derivatives desk, and as a structured finance, capital markets, and merger & acquisition attorney.

Chris also holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, where he majored in Finance and lettered for the Men’s soccer team, an M.B.A. from the University of Tampa, a J.D. from The Florida State University College of Law where he graduated cum laude, and an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center where he graduated with distinction and earned a Certificate in National Security Law. Chris lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and two sons.

Episode Appearances

Episode 225: “Protecting Investors from an Overreaching Regulatory State” with Chris Iacovella


Guest(s): Christopher A. Iacovella

When Walmart went public in 1970 and soon thereafter listed on the New York Stock Exchange, its SEC disclosure prospectus was 20 pages long.

Today, a prospectus requires massive numbers of mostly obscure disclosures imposing very real liabilities for the issuing company – but which no one reads, except for lawyers who charge $2,000 an hour to read it and to write it – and which can run upwards to 300 pages or more.

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