Georgia Secretary of State Welcomes SEC Commissioners to Atlanta for Town Hall

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Securities Division, in partnership with the Georgia State University School of Law, is proud to announce that all five members of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are coming to Atlanta on June 13th for a town-hall style event with individual investors to answer questions about investing, avoiding fraud, taking action if you are a victim, and more.

“My staff and I are looking forward to having our SEC Commissioners here in Atlanta and showing them a little bit of southern hospitality,” stated Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “This event is a unique opportunity for folks to meet, interact with, and learn from regulators about important issues affecting their personal finances, investments, and our economy.”

“With its dynamic population, innovative ideas, and thriving economy, Atlanta is an ideal place for us to discuss the work we do and hear directly from the people we serve,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, who will be joined in Atlanta by Commissioners Kara Stein, Michael Piwowar, Robert Jackson, and Hester Peirce.

Having the program at Georgia State University College of Law is a natural fit. “We provide free legal services to regular investors who have been harmed by improper investment advice.  Investor outreach and education is crucial, and we are proud to partner with the Georgia Securities Division and the SEC to protect Georgia investors,” said Nicole Iannarone, associate clinical professor and director of the Georgia State Law Investor Advocacy Clinic.

“As anyone in the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office can tell you, this area has no shortage of people with great ideas, and I know their input will make this event a meaningful learning opportunity both for our agency and the region,” said Richard Best, Director, SEC Atlanta Regional Office.

The Commissioners will kick the day off with a town hall-style event covering a range of topics from choosing a financial professional, considering coin offerings and digital assets, and implementing cybersecurity. Directly after the town hall, attendees are invited to join the Commissioners and SEC staff at one of the interactive breakout sessions to gain greater insight into some of the most requested topics before the SEC today. 

Breakout session topics:

  • The Investor Experience: Does the Information You Get From Mutual Funds and ETFs Work for You?

  • Tips for Savers, Including Military and Early Career

  • Stopping Fraud

  • Bitcoin & ICOs

  • Investing in, and Raising Money by, Small Companies

This free event will be an incredible opportunity for an informative dialogue with the people who help protect consumers through both financial education and enforcement of financial and investment laws and regulations.

Seating is first come, first serve, and attendees are encouraged to register for the event or find more information here.