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Svetlana Starykh, MA

Associate Director, Securities Class Actions Database

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Svetlana Starykh provides reliable litigation support in securities and finance matters. She has examined issues of market efficiency, class certification, liability, materiality, causation, scienter, damages, settlement prediction, and claiming rates. Her litigation experience includes securities fraud class actions and opt-out claims, civil and criminal securities cases involving publicly traded and privately held companies.

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Ms. Starykh has consulted on cases involving accounting restatements and laddering allegations, public offerings and stock acquisitions, valuation of restricted stocks and illiquidity discounts, employee stock options and insider trading. Ms. Starykh is the co-author of "A Proposed Methodology to Measure Damages for Option Traders Alleging Securities Fraud," which is published in the Litigation Economics Review.

She currently works on projects related to NERA's proprietary securities class action database and the US Securities Class Action Trend report series, a project she was asked to direct in 2007. Her research has been cited by several US District Courts and the US Supreme Court in California Public Employees' Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., 582 US (2017) decision. Other citations include a 2017 “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System” US Treasury Department Report, as part of Nasdaq's Global Head of Equities' testimony before the US House, and as part of Federal Judicial Center and Practising Law Institute (PLI) educational materials. Ms. Starykh's research has also been profiled and cited in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Financial Times, The New York Law Journal, Pensions & Investments, and The Journal of Engineering

Prior to joining NERA, Ms. Starykh was a Vice President of UkoInvest Joint Ventures, where she gained extensive experience in the structuring, valuation, and risk management of investment portfolios in emerging markets. Before that, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in calculus, differential equations, numerical methods, and optimization theory at Kiev State University and Ukrainian State Agricultural University. While there, she co-authored a college textbook, “Calculus for Students Majoring in Economics.” Ms. Starykh also conducted research projects related to the development and implementation of environmentally safe technologies, the results of which have been published in the Journal of Ukrainian Academy of Science and other national scientific publications.


  • MA in international and development economics, Yale University
  • MS in applied mathematics, Kiev State University, Ukraine
  • BS in applied mathematics, summa cum laude, Kiev State University, Ukraine