Annette Nazareth

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Annette Nazareth
Occupation Partner
Employer Davis Polk & Wardell
Location Washington, D.C.

Annette Nazareth is a partner in the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardell[1][2][3] She also serves as a director for the Managed Funds Association. [4]


Nazareth has done legal work for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Wall Street’s biggest lobbying group. She is married to Roger Ferguson, a former Federal Reserve vice chairman and the current president and chief executive of TIAA-CREF.

A former commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nazareth left the SEC in January 2008. As a commissioner, she focused on systemic risks to the markets posed by securities firms and traders such as hedge funds. Nazareth participated in 2007 in an SEC review of whether Wall Street investment banks set strict enough limits on the loans they make to hedge funds.

Nazareth also advocated for a merger of the NASD with most of the New York Stock Exchange’s regulatory arm, eventually approved by the SEC and formed as The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in July 2007.

Before becoming a commissioner in 2005, Nazareth ran the SEC Division of Market Regulation, which oversees brokerage firms, market surveillance and stock exchanges. She led the unit in 2004 when it designed a program to monitor whether Wall Street’s five biggest securities firms had adequate capital and liquidity. [5] Prior to joining the SEC, Nazareth held several positions in the financial services industry.


Nazareth has an A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar.