Allison Herren Lee

United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Acting Chair

Allison Herren Lee was appointed by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn into office on July 8, 2019. Ms. Lee was designated Acting Chair of the Commission by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on January 21, 2021. Commissioner Lee brings to the SEC over two decades of experience as a securities law practitioner. Most recently, she has written, lectured, and taught courses internationally in Spain and Italy on financial regulation and corporate law. Commissioner Lee served for over a decade in various roles at the SEC, including as counsel to Commissioner Kara Stein, and as Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit. In addition, she has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, was a member of the American Bar Association’s former Committee on Public Company Disclosure, and participated on a USAID project in Armenia, assisting in the drafting of periodic reporting and disclosure provisions for a comprehensive law of the Republic of Armenia on Securities Market Regulation. Prior to government service, Commissioner Lee was a partner at Sherman & Howard LLC, focusing on securities, antitrust, and commercial litigation. A member of the Colorado bar, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law, where she was salutatorian, a Chancellor’s Scholar, and served on the Law Review.

Sessions With Allison Herren Lee

Monday, 1 March

  • 11:50am - 12:20pm (CST) / 01/mar/2021 05:50 pm - 01/mar/2021 06:20 pm


    ESG: What should be the metrics?

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    The momentum for ESG investing has accelerated, with “Environmental” often identified as the most important element within ESG. Some financial regulators are mandating that institutions consider the physical and transition risks of climate change in their stress testing and asset valuations. This means that companies, in turn, are increasingly being asked for “consistent, comparable, and reliable” ESG metrics. But at present, no single and consistent set of metrics, definitions, and reporting frameworks is in place. Which ESG factors materially affect long-term company performance? What metrics can be trusted? Which can meaningfully be compared between companies and sectors? Should investors care only about drivers of future company value, or should they worry about how companies impact global sustainable development? What is the role of financial institutions and financial regulators in fighting climate change?