Richard Reibman is a co-chair of Thompson Coburn's Corporate and Securities group and leads the practice in Chicago. Backed by a 25-plus-year career on the legal and regulatory side of financial markets, Rick is an insightful advisor to trading firms, brokerage firms, trade execution firms, and investment managers in the futures, securities and options markets.
In addition, he regularly advises companies and ventures of all types on business formation, strategic transactions, agreements, corporate governance, and general business counseling.
In his regulatory practice, Rick provides practical, straightforward advice on all aspects of trading futures, securities, options, swaps, hedging, and other transactions. Rick works on a near-daily basis with regulators, and taps his experience to provide clients with candid, forthright advice about resolving an issue, whether through thoughtful negotiation or a vigorous administrative response. He has successfully represented clients before NFA, FINRA, CFTC, SEC, and the various futures and securities exchanges, and frequently leads litigation efforts in these highly complex areas.
Rick represents registered and unregistered fund managers (and trading advisors) in the formation and operation of private investment funds, including onshore and offshore commodity pools. He advises electronic trading platform providers as well as licensors of trading programs and front-end systems.
Unlike many financial regulatory attorneys, Rick has direct experience in the futures and options markets, having spent the first decade of his career as a principal of futures and options arbitrage and brokerage operations. He knows the markets, understands the transactions and the language, and wastes no time in working directly with the leaders of trading and brokerage firms to craft responsive, proactive solutions to their regulatory concerns.
His practice is also bolstered by significant experience over many years in bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues. In this area, Rick has represented secured creditors, trade creditors, and commercial debtors inside and outside the bankruptcy process, often leading the workout or restructuring of distressed loans covering many types of collateral.
Since 1995, Rick has served as adjunct professor of law at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he regularly teaches courses in financial services regulation and serves on the law school's Compliance Advisory Panel. For the past five years, Rick has organized, chaired, and presented at a full-day continuing education program designed for lawyers and compliance officers who serve the futures and derivatives industry.