Vice Chair, Global Chief Legal and Policy Officer, NASDAQ
Edward Knight is Vice Chair and Global Chief Legal and Policy Officer (NASDAQ: NDAQ). Mr. Knight served as the Chief Legal Officer of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now FINRA) from June 1999 until becoming Nasdaq’s General Counsel in 2001.
In his role as Global Chief Legal and Policy Officer, Knight is responsible for providing legal counsel to senior management and for overseeing the quality of legal services across the global organization. The Nasdaq legal and regulatory team was honored as an innovation leader by the Financial Times in December 2015. At the same time, Mr. Knight was awarded a “special mention for outstanding innovation” among North American public company general counsels.
He is also responsible for government relations, listing qualifications, market regulation and the Office of Corporate Secretary. Mr. Knight serves on the Board of Nasdaq Dubai and the United Arab Emirates’ Securities and Commodities Authority Advisory Board.
Prior to joining the NASD in 1999, Knight served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from September 1994 to June 1999, where he was the Department's longest-serving General Counsel since the position was created in 1934. Upon his departure, Knight received the Alexander Hamilton Award from Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. This is the Department's highest award. He also received the Honor Award from the Secret Service. Before being named Treasury General Counsel, Knight served as Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen.
Knight's accomplishments at the Treasury Department include his critical involvement in the United States' provision of bilateral assistance to the Government of Mexico in 1995 and to the Government of Brazil in the fall of 1998. He served on the commission that restructured the Internal Revenue Service in 1996 and led the legal team that advised Treasury Secretary Rubin in 1995 and 1996 on the debt limit crisis.
Prior to his tenure at the Treasury, Knight was a partner with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in its Washington, D.C., office. A Texas native, Knight received his B.A., with honors, in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He serves as a Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s School of International Public Affairs. Knight is a member of the District of Columbia, Texas and Supreme Court Bars. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and its Committee on Corporate Affairs. He sits on the Leadership Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness and the Board of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.–India Business Council. Mr. Knight served as a member of the Obama Transition Team at the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008-2009.