Louise Bennetts was the associate director of financial regulation studies. She focused on the impact of financial regulatory reform since 2008, including the attempts to address “too big to fail,” the effect of reforms on nonbank financial companies, the impact of cross-border regulatory initiatives on financial stability and global capital flows and issues relating bank resolution and insolvency.
Prior to joining Cato in October 2012, she was a senior associate in the New York office of Davis Polk and Wardwell where she advised both banking and commercial clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including leveraged lending, M&A transactions and bankruptcy-related advice. Most recently, her practice focused on bank regulation, in particular advising financial market participants on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementation. Her commentary and writings have appeared in the American Banker, Forbes Magazine, the Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, the Orange County Register and the Cayman Financial Review in addition to several local and international publications and she is a frequent speaker and panelist on financial and bank reform issues as well as on television and radio. Previously she lectured macroeconomics and trade policy at the University of Cape Town and worked as an economist at Genesis Analytics, a Johannesburg-based consultancy firm specializing in the financial services industry. Bennetts holds a first class honors degree in Economics and an LLB (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town, an MA from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of the New York Bar.