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Mr. Laursen is an expert in financial products and institutions, markets, regulation, and risk management. He has more than 25 years of financial industry experience, which includes over 17 years as a Federal regulator, where he served as a policy-maker, supervisor, and senior examiner.

Mr. Laursen has provided expert testimony and analysis as well as consulting services for numerous public and private clients. He has testified in disputes involving investment and trading strategies, mortgage-backed securities, municipal finance, structured notes, financial institution accounting, and insider trading. He has consulted for the Department of Justice, the State Insurance Commissioner of Connecticut, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Mr. Laursen previously served as the Federal Reserve Board’s Manager of Risk Policy and Guidance, where he wrote and interpreted financial regulations and guidance. In 2009, he authored new Federal Reserve guidance requiring large financial institutions to enhance trading book stress testing and value-at-risk modeling. He also worked closely with other U.S. and international financial regulators to craft new rules, including as a member of the Basel Committee’s Trading Book Group.

During the financial crisis, Mr. Laursen reported directly to Chairman Bernanke as well as other Governors and Reserve Bank Presidents on various risk, valuation, and regulatory issues. He led reviews of problem institutions and assisted in the development of special FRB actions to reduce market turmoil and economic damage.

Mr. Laursen has an MBA with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School and holds the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional designation from FINRA.

Representative Engagements
Article
Target Date Funds: Economic, Regulatory And Legal Trends
December 8, 2017
Published in Law360
Report
Target Date Funds: Economic, Regulatory, and Legal Trends
September 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
A 10% leverage ration does not justify waiving the Volcker rule
June 23, 2017
Published in Risk.net
Article
BSA and AML Enforcement Trends and D&O Liability
April 4, 2014
Published in the D&O Diary
Presentation
The Proposed Volcker Rule Analysis and Panel Discussion
February 14, 2012
Presented at the PRMIA Meeting, New York, NY
Report
Banking Entity Trading Under the Volcker Rule
2011
Published on Advisor Perspectives