As a law student with a love of anthropology, Schapiro’s decided after seeing the Hunt brothers wreak havoc on the silver market that
she didn’t have to trek to the South Pacific or the Amazon basin to study ancient human behavior patterns: She could get a job at the SEC, which she did.
“From an anthropological perspective, I was fascinated by these guys who thought they were bigger than the market and bigger than the world,” Schapiro tells Fortune …. They were causing industrial processes’ costs to go through the roof. They were causing beautiful candelabra and silver services to be melted down and sold. And so I decided to go to the agency, and to investigate the Hunt brothers as a trial attorney.”
The article includes several interesting points about Schapiro and her plans at the SEC:
- She “stunned SEC staffers on her first day in office by telling them that unless she’s on the phone or in a meeting, they are welcome to drop by her office.”
- On the question of whether she is tough enough to shake things up at the SEC, Schapiro responds that she has been “called the Muammar Qaddafi of regulation” and that she fully expects that she will need to “step on some toes. I’m tougher than people think.”
- She has already directed incoming Enforcement Director Robert Khuzami to move high-impact cases to the front of the queue. “Speed is really important,” she says.
- Schapiro has launched an overhaul of how the SEC handles incoming tips of wrongdoing. She will also seek funds for badly needed upgrades to the agency’s technology, as she did at FINRA.