The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is the stock market regulator in France. The AMF is an independent public body that is responsible for safeguarding investments in financial instruments and in all other savings and investment as well as maintaining orderly financial markets. Gérard began his career in 1978 as an Auditor at the French Court of Audit (Cour des Comptes), becoming an Assistant Judge of the Court in 1982. He was appointed Director General of the Commission des Opérations de Bourse in 1997 and Secretary General of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers on its creation in 2003, holding that position until 2009. He was appointed Chairman of the Autorité des Marchés in August 2012.