NERA Securities and Financial Regulatory Expert Named Industry Affiliate

19 August 2013

New York -- Dr. James Overdahl, an expert in securities litigation and the US financial regulatory environment, who recently joined Delta Strategy Group (DSG) as a Partner, has been appointed an Industry Affiliate with NERA Economic Consulting’s Securities and Finance Practice.

DSG is a full-service government affairs firm founded by the former Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and CEO of NYMEX, James Newsome, and former COO of the CFTC, Scott Parsons. The firm provides advisory services on regulatory matters for clients that include exchanges, energy and agribusiness companies, trade groups, financial services firms, investment funds, and Fortune 500 companies.

At DSG, Dr. Overdahl will lead efforts to provide advisory services on regulatory matters related to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and CFTC, swaps markets, and on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As an Industry Affiliate with NERA, he will continue his securities and financial markets litigation advisory work, with NERA providing analytical support.

Dr. Overdahl's broad expertise in financial regulation includes: swaps and other OTC derivatives, OTC clearing, algorithmic trading and related market structure issues, securities lending, short selling, new products, and Dodd-Frank-related issues. Formerly, Dr. Overdahl was the Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Economic Analysis for the SEC and Chief Economist and Director of the Office of the Chief Economist for the CFTC. He has published extensively in leading economics and finance journals and has co-authored four books on futures, options, and swaps. Dr. Overdahl earned his PhD in economics from Iowa State University.

About NERA

NERA Economic Consulting ( is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For more than six decades, we have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real-world industry experience to issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. Continuing our legacy as the first international economic consultancy, NERA serves clients from major cities across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.