Jay Clayton

Jay Clayton

Formal First Name
Walter Joseph (Jay)
7/11/1966 - present

Jay Clayton is a Senior Policy Advisor and Of Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell, a recognized leader in business law. He advises institutions, executives, and individuals on governance, markets, and regulatory matters. Throughout his career, Clayton has served as a lead lawyer for complex M&A and capital markets transactions, as well as regulatory and governance matters in various sectors. He also advised a number of individuals and families with respect to their public and private investments and succession planning matters.

Professional Experience

Academic History



  • Clayton served as the Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission from May 2017 to December 2020.
  • He focused on modernizing the regulation and oversight of equity and fixed income markets, emphasizing the interests of long-term investors.
  • Under his leadership, the SEC addressed various market developments and emerging risks, including:
    • the digitization of assets and financial transactions;
    • the COVID-19 economic shock;
    • the Brexit and LIBOR transitions; and
    • various cybersecurity matters.