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Robert MacLaverty
Managing Director

EXPERTISE

  • Derivatives & Structured Finance 

  • International Arbitration

  • Securities & Financial Markets

  • Valuation & Financial Analysis 

Robert MacLaverty I Securities and Financial Markets | SEDA Experts 

Robert MacLaverty is a managing director with SEDA Experts (SEDA) providing financial, economic, and testifying expert services to the nation's leading law firms, investment banks, pension funds, endowments, and foundations. 

Mr. MacLaverty spent the majority of his 18-year Wall Street career trading and in institutional sales of taxable fixed-income securities, derivatives, and structured products. After working as a financial analyst with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York (J.P. Morgan), he was a trader (as principal market maker and/or agent) with CS First Boston (Credit Suisse), Continental Bank (Bank of America), Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley.

 

He was also an independent trader and seat owner at the Chicago Board of Trade while serving on numerous committees of the exchange. His combination of prior industry and expert experience provides a unique breadth to his practice. His capital markets expertise includes, but is not limited to, U.S. Treasury and Government Agency securities, Corporate Bonds and Notes, futures and forward contracts, interest rate swaps, mortgage-backed securities (MBS), asset-backed securities (ABS), exchange-traded and OTC options, syndicated loans and CLOs, securities lending and repo transactions, synthetic assets, credit default swaps (CDS), cash and synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), and other structured products. Other investments marketed to family offices and foundations included private equity and hedge funds.

 

In Mr. MacLaverty's capacity as a Primary Dealer market-maker, he acted as principal fulfilling the obligation to participate in all Quarterly Refundings and other U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank System activities. Institutional counterparties included foreign central banks, sovereign funds, total-return portfolio managers and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

 

As a testifying expert, Mr. MacLaverty has been engaged in custom and practice matters pertaining to FINRA, ISDA, and SIFMA, involving large institutions and private banking clients, including U.S. regulatory agencies. He has worked with both investors and issuers in matters involving structure, liquidity, suitability and pricing. He has also been engaged in cases where economic crises affect market performance. He has testified in Federal District Court, U.S. Administrative Law Proceedings and before other Federal administrative bodies as an industry expert in custom and practice, valuation and damages.

Finally, Mr. MacLaverty holds an A.B. in analytic philosophy from Boston College, an M.A. in analytic philosophy from Georgetown University, a post-graduate term in international law and economics at the London School of Economics, and has completed all coursework and doctoral comprehensive exams for the Ph.D. in economics at the University of Notre Dame.

 

He has held licenses for:

National Commodities Futures Examination (Series 3),

General Securities Representative (Series 7),

Uniform Securities Representative (Series 63), and

Uniform Investment Adviser (Series 65).

EDUCATION

 

University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. (ABD) in Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science

Post-graduate

Georgetown University

M.A. in Analytical Philosophy

Boston College

A.B. in Analytical Philosophy

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

SEDA Experts, LLC

Managing Director

2022-Current

Compass Lexecon

Senior Consultant

2020-2021

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Managing Director 

2011-2020

FTI Consulting

Managing Director

2009-2011

Credit Suisse

Vice President

1987-1989, 2008-2009 

Morgan Stanley

Vice President

2004-2008

Chicago Partners (Navigant Economics)

Partner
1996-2004

 

J.P. Morgan & Co.

Vice President

1983-1984, 1994-1996 

 

Bear Stearns

Vice President

1992-1994

Continental Bank (Bank of America)

Vice President

1990-1992

Chicago Board of Trade

Member

1984-1990