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Selected Expertise

  • Regulatory policy analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • NRSROs and broker-dealers
  • Derivatives securities valuation
  • Mortgage-backed securities
  • Damages estimation
  • Financial accounting

Selected Industries

  • Finance
  • Banking and financial services
  • Regulatory financial agencies
  • Securities
  • Structured products
  • Consumer financial products
  • Mortgage finance
  • Subprime lending
  • Investment products


Simona Mola, PhD


Simona Mola has more than 15 years of diverse expertise in securities markets and financial institutions. Prior to joining Bates White, she served as Assistant Director and Senior Policy Advisor at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leading teams of economists in developing rigorous economic analyses for high-profile rulemakings and other policy projects with litigation risk. At the SEC, she provided economic advice on the impact of policy choices in the areas of broker-dealers, credit rating agencies, capital raising, executive compensation, auditing, and disclosure requirements.

Before she joined the SEC, Dr. Mola was assistant professor of Finance at Arizona State University. Her research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Accounting Review, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Behavioral Finance. She has taught several courses in finance at academic institutions and presented her research at numerous domestic and international conferences.


PhD, Business Administration and Management (Finance), Bocconi University

CPA, Ministero dell'Universitá e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica

BS, Business Administration, summa cum laude, Bocconi University