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New Deputy Directors in SEC Trading and Markets Division

July 26, 2018

The SEC announced that Elizabeth Baird and Christian Sabella have been named Deputy Directors in the Division of Trading and Markets


LIZZIE BAIRD joins the SEC ...  from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she was a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and served as a leading adviser to businesses and investors in the fixed income, equities, and options markets. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Baird spent nearly a decade trading bonds. She earned her bachelor's degree from Brown and her law degree from Georgetown Law.


According to her LinkedIn page, Lizzie Baird's professional experience reads like this:

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius:  Co-Managing Partner, D.C. Office (2014 – July 2018)
  • Bingham McCutchen:  Partner (2010 – 2014)
  • O'Melveny & Myers:  Partner (2001 – 2010)
  • K&L Gates:  Attorney (1996 – 2001)
  • Meridian:  Bond Trader (1991 – 1992)
  • Tucker Anthony & R.L. Day:  Bond Trader (1987 – 1990)
  • Mabon Nugent:  Bond Trader (1983 – 1987)


CHRISTIAN SABELLA, who joined the SEC in 2011, has been ... an Associate Director in the division's Office of Clearance and Settlement since 2015, and played a key role in the development, implementation and oversight of financial market infrastructure policy initiatives, including standards for systemically important clearing agencies and shortening the standard settlement cycle. When he joined the SEC in 2011, he did so as a branch chief in the division's Office of Derivatives Policy and Trading Practices and later served as counsel to the director of the Division of Trading and Markets. Mr. Sabella earned his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame and his law degree from Georgetown Law.