George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

IEX and High-Frequency Trading in the US Equity Market

Event Details

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  • Venue: Rayburn House Office Building
  • Division: Civil Justice Academy

High-frequency trading, as documented in the best-selling Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, has been the subject of several high profile legal settlements with major banks involved in “dark pools,” and other trading issues. Startup dark pool IEX—featured in Flash Boys—has filed a petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission to be recognized as a securities exchange. IEX offers a novel proposition to investors to vigilantly offer “fair” exchange practices that disarm predatory high-frequency traders. The startup exchange raises complex questions regarding the intersection of securities law and enforcement with modern trading technologies.

This briefing for senior-level Congressional staff discussed the regulation of high-frequency trading and IEX’s proposal to provide a market-based response to a potential problem in the market.

This Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy featured:

Brad Katsuyama
Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, IEX TradingBrian F. Mannix
Research Professor, Regulatory Studies Center, George Washington University

J.W. Verret
Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law

Todd J. Zywicki

Executive Director, Law & Economics Center, and George Mason Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

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