The Financial Market Regulation (FMR) group was established to bring together those interested in financial institutions and the regulation of our financial markets.
We hope that you will join us in supporting the law school's commitment to fostering connections among our alumni and preparing our students for practice areas relating to business, tax, and financial markets.
Why Are We Launching the FMR Group?
We are launching this SIG to further connections between and among alumni, students, and faculty who are interested in financial institutions and the regulation of our financial markets. Our goal is to help alumni and current students make professional connections with one another, including connections across practice settings (e.g., in-house, law firm, government). In our experience, alumni often do not realize that the person in the office next door is a fellow Albany Law School graduate. We'd like to help you find your network of fellow graduates.
Why focus on Financial Institutions and Financial Market Regulation?
We have chosen to focus on financial institutions and financial market regulation for our first SIG for several reasons. First, Albany Law School has a long and rich history of excellence and distinguished service in these practice areas. For years, Albany Law School graduates have worked with and for major financial institutions, law firms, and in regulatory agencies and self-regulatory organizations concerned with our financial markets. We hope to foster and amplify the achievements of our graduates in these different practice settings.
Second, this SIG will build upon on-campus developments. For several years, we have been building out our curriculum and professional development opportunities relating to business, tax, and financial markets. Today, we have a range of courses, programs, and opportunities both on- and off-campus for students interested these fields. Courses include securities regulation, hot topics in financial market regulation, and a new business and transactional law practice that combines a seminar with a field placement with a private sector or government employer. Off-campus opportunities include field placements with New York State Department of Financial Services, FINRA, the Securities and Exchange Commission honors program, and a variety of businesses and law firms, among other opportunities. As part of our business, tax, and financial markets pathway, we'd like to connect these campus-focused initiatives and opportunities to the experiences and insights of alumni who have already made the "jump" from school to successful practice.
Third, and relatedly, we are seeing a spike in student interest in these fields, having placed graduates in investment management practices at major New York City law firms, state and local tax departments at law firms and corporations, estate planning practices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Comptroller's Office, FINRA, and many other private and public sector employers in recent years. We would like to build on this momentum by helping students connect with alumni for advice and mentorship.
How to Join the FMR Group
Click on the link below to identify your interest in this area. Once you fill out the form, you will be added to the email list and hear more about upcoming meetings and programs.
CLICK HERE TO IDENTIFY YOUR INTEREST
Christine Sgarlata ChungCo-director, Institute for Financial Market Regulation; Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Amherst College (magna cum laude)
J.D., Harvard Law School (cum laude)
Associate Professor of Law Christine Chung draws upon her deep knowledge of and experience with financial markets, corporate governance norms, complex business transactions, and government investigations to examine financial market regulatory systems, capital markets and corporate and securities law systems, municipal finance, and consumer and investor protection. Professor Chung's teaching and research interests include regulatory architecture and regulatory reform, risk management (including systemic risk management), compliance, corporate governance, investor protection and feminist jurisprudence. She frequently presents on issues associated with securities fraud and investor protection, the recent financial crisis, and municipal financial distress.