Simona Mola

Principal, Cornerstone Research

Simona Mola conducts financial and economic analyses in complex commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. Dr. Mola manages teams to support expert witness testimony in all stages of litigation, including deposition and trial. Across a range of Rule 10b-5/Section 11 securities litigation, she addresses issues related to disclosure requirements, financial reporting, corporate governance, and executive compensation. In addition, Dr. Mola has expertise with economic issues involving cryptocurrency, initial coin offerings (ICOs), blockchain use cases, and token economies. She has published on Bitcoin, crypto, and other Fintech-related issues.

Dr. Mola has more than two decades of experience in consulting, government, and academia. She served as assistant director and senior policy advisor at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), she led and developed numerous economic analyses for high-profile rulemakings and policy projects related to corporate finance, disclosure requirements, capital formation, corporate governance and executive compensation, auditing, broker-dealers, and credit rating agencies.

Before joining the SEC, Dr. Mola was an assistant professor of finance at Arizona State University. Her research has been published in the Accounting Review, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Behavioral Finance. Dr. Mola regularly presents at domestic and international conferences, and has been honored with two best paper awards.