Charles Cox is an Executive Vice President at Compass Lexecon and is based in Chicago. His areas of expertise include securities and financial markets, industrial organization, and money and banking. Cox has testified as an expert witness in cases related to securities markets, class certification, valuation, damages, ERISA, accounting litigation, and corporate governance in federal and state courts, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, arbitration panels, and congressional committees. He has consulted and directed studies on a variety of industries, including securities, banking, media, communications, insurance, and investment. His research focuses on the regulation of economic activity and the operation of financial markets. In addition, he has published numerous articles on financial markets and securities including publications in scholarly journals such as The Journal of Political Economy, The Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and The Journal of Private Enterprise.
Prior to joining Lexecon in 1989, Cox served as commissioner (from 1983 to 1989) and acting chairman (in 1987) of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In those positions, he was responsible for enforcing and interpreting the federal securities laws. From 1982 to 1983, Cox was chief economist of the SEC, with responsibility for analyzing the economic effects of proposed rules and legislation and for evaluation of established SEC policy.