Schan Duff is a Senior Fellow in the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. At Aspen, Schan serves as principal investigator for the Project on Pragmatic Regulation and Financial Inclusion which explores the implications of regulatory efficiency and coordination for financial innovation and access.
A lawyer by training, Schan practiced law for more than a decade in the banking and financial regulatory departments of the international law firms O’Melveny & Myers and Allen & Overy LLP. While there, Schan represented banks, non-bank lenders, asset managers, insurance companies, mortgage servicers, swap dealers, payments companies and retirement plan fiduciaries in civil litigation and matters involving major federal and state financial regulators, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, various state attorneys general and Congressional committees.
More recently Schan co-founded a digital retirement savings platform and founded The Headlands Project, a boutique strategy and advisory firm.
Schan has a PhD from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on issues related to corporate strategy and financial regulation, and a JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and elected to the Order of the Coif. Schan is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has been a Fellow of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, a Wharton Corporate Social Responsibility Fellow, and an American Inns of Court Temple Bar Scholar in London. Schan earned a B.A. in Political Economy at Williams College, where he was an NCAA All-American in track and field.