Philip_Lawton (2)Philip Lawton is a vice president at Research Affiliates, an investment management firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California.  He has over 30 years of experience as an investment professional, chiefly at large banks and insurance companies, and was also the founding head of the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM®) program at CFA Institute.  In addition to investment performance analysis, his areas of competence include leadership and ethics, managerial accounting, regulatory compliance, and financial and operational risk management.

Lawton earned the baccalaureate, licentiate, and doctorate degrees in Philosophy in the French-speaking section of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance at Northeastern University.  He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Professional Risk Manager (PRM). In 2007 he was awarded the CIPM designation in recognition of his contributions to the development of the CIPM study and examination program. 

In the area of financial management, Lawton is the author of Values and Prices: Middle Office Update (Amazon/Kindle, 2013); Middle Office: Managing Financial Institutions in Turbulent Times (CreateSpace/Kindle 2012); the co-author, with Holly H. Miller, of The Top Ten Operational Risks: A Survival Guide for Investment Management Firms and Hedge Funds (Stone House Consulting, 2010); the co-editor, with Todd Jankowski, of Investment Performance Measurement: Evaluating and Presenting Results (Wiley, 2009); and the author or co-author of numerous articles. (See Related Publications.)

Lawton’s books and papers in the field of philosophy have been published by Harper & Row, Philosophy Today, Het Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, Philosophy Research Archives, University Press of America, Philosophy & Theology, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. He is currently reading and writing in the field of philosophical economics.

Philip Lawton resides in Orange County, California and Albemarle County, Virginia.