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SEC Officials, Lawmaker Speak at Policy Conference

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February 7, 2006 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

CHICAGO --- Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox, former SEC Chair William Donaldson and U.S. Rep. Richard H. Baker, a Republican from suburban Baton Rouge, La., will speak at the Sixth Annual Mutual Fund Directors Forum (MFDF) Policy Conference.

The conference, “Critical Issues for Mutual Fund Directors,” will take place in Washington, D.C., Feb. 15 and 16. Presented by the MFDF with the support and cooperation of Northwestern University School of Law, the policy conference provides independent mutual fund directors from across the country with updates and information critical to their oversight roles.

Baker was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986 and represents Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District. He is the chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises. He also serves as a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Cox was confirmed as the 28th SEC chairman Aug. 3, 2005. Prior to joining the SEC, Cox was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for 10 years in the majority leadership. During his congressional tenure, he served as chairman of the House Policy Committee, of the Committee on Homeland Security, of the Select Committee on U.S. National Security, of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, and of the Task Force on Capital Markets. He also served on the Government Reform Committee, the Joint Economic Committee and the Budget Committee.

Donaldson served as SEC chairman from February 2003 to June 2005. Prior to joining the SEC, he co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He also served as chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange; chairman, president and CEO of Aetna; and chairman and CEO of Donaldson Enterprises, Inc. Donaldson also co-founded the Yale University School of Management, serving as the school’s first dean and professor of management studies.

The Mutual Fund Directors Forum is a membership organization for independent directors of mutual funds. Dedicated to improving mutual fund governance, the forum provides independent directors with opportunities to discuss critical issues and offers them continuing education and outreach programs. This event is provided in association with Northwestern University School of Law’s commitment to continuing legal education that addresses the evolving concerns of today’s legal and business worlds. For more information, call (312) 503-8932 or visit http://www.law.northwestern.edu/mutualfunds/.