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February 04, 2016
Financial Industry Expert Christopher Laursen Joins The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group announced today that financial industry expert Christopher Laursen has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a principal.

With more than 25 years of financial industry experience, Mr. Laursen has provided expert testimony and consulting services on a wide range of matters relating to financial products and institutions, markets, regulation, and risk management. He has testified in disputes involving investment and trading strategies, mortgage-backed securities, municipal finance, structured notes, financial institution regulations and accounting, anti-money laundering, and insider trading. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice, the State Insurance Commissioner of Connecticut, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Mr. Laursen previously served as the Federal Reserve Board’s Manager of Risk Policy and Guidance, where he wrote and interpreted financial regulations. In 2009, he authored new Federal Reserve guidance requiring large financial institutions to enhance trading-book stress tests and value-at-risk modeling. He also worked closely with other U.S. and international financial regulators to craft new rules, including as a member of the Basel Committee’s Trading Book Group.

During the financial crisis, Mr. Laursen reported directly to Chairman Bernanke as well as other governors and Reserve Bank Presidents on risk, valuation, and regulatory issues. He led reviews of problem institutions and assisted in the development of special FRB actions to reduce market turmoil and economic damage.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris to Brattle’s Washington, DC office,” commented Brattle President Alexis Maniatis. “His experience as a former federal regulator provides our clients with deep insights into the complex regulatory issues facing large financial institutions.”

Mr. Laursen has an MBA with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional designation from FINRA.