Dr. James Overdahl Joins NERA's Securities and Finance Practice as Vice President

12 April 2010

New York -- NERA Economic Consulting, a leading global provider of economic research and analysis in business, legal, and regulatory matters, today announced that Dr. James A. Overdahl has joined as a Vice President in the firm's Washington, DC office.

Dr. Overdahl comes to NERA from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he was Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Economic Analysis. In this position, he served as the principal economic advisor to the Commission on policy, rulemaking, and litigation support. He also testified before Congress on behalf of the Commission and provided staff support for the President's Working Group on Financial Markets and for other interagency groups related to financial market reform and market developments.

At NERA, Dr. Overdahl will be a member of the Global Securities and Finance Practice, providing litigation support in securities and derivatives related matters as well as risk management advisory and regulatory compliance services to financial institution and corporate clients.

"We at NERA are pleased that Jim has agreed to join our firm," said NERA President Dr. Andrew Carron. "Jim has unique experience in having served at the highest level at three of our country's major financial regulators. As a result, Jim brings unmatched insights to issues affecting financial markets in general and to the impact of potential market reforms in particular. He is a welcome addition to NERA's exceptional securities and finance team."

Prior to the SEC, Dr. Overdahl was Chief Economist and Director of the Office of the Chief Economist at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Senior Financial Economist, Risk Analysis Division, at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

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