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COMMODITIES, FUTURES AND DERIVATIVES

We represent firms and individual industry professionals in legal matters involving commodities, futures and derivatives. Our clients include futures commission merchants, end users, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators, professional traders, and order execution firms. We counsel companies that have hedging needs and off-exchange transactions in commodities and derivatives, and we advise our clients on Dodd-Frank matters.

We cover all facets of regulation and litigation. We advise and assist with the registration of firms and professionals. We handle the defense of investigations and enforcement actions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the National Futures Association (NFA), and the exchanges. We also regularly represent firms and professionals in membership denial actions, member-to-member arbitrations, and customer-member disputes at every forum, including CFTC reparations, federal and state court, the exchanges and NFA.

With the advent of electronic trading, we have found that many of our futures clients’ trading operations have naturally expanded into securities trading, and we counsel our clients on broker-dealer registration and securities exchange membership. Our attorneys who work with intellectual property rights regularly advise our clients on the development of trading and trade execution platforms.

Defense of spoofing and market manipulation investigations at CFTC and exchanges

Formation and exchange registration of proprietary trading firms

Negotiation and preparation of hedging services agreements and ISDA schedules

Defense of a futures exchange member whose floor broker registration was denied due to a prior felony

Negotiation and preparation of agreements between futures commission merchants and introducing brokers

Formation of commodity pool, on shore and offshore and analysis of trading advisor and pool operator exemptions

Representation of front-end technology and connectivity providers

Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9430

Recognized as one of the most influential women lawyers in Los Angeles by The Los Angeles Business Journal, Helen represents public and private companies, their ...

Recognized as one of the most influential women lawyers in Los Angeles by <...

Helen Kim
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6064

Kent has spent much of his career representing financial services clients of the firm, particularly securities brokers and dealers, investment advisors, investment compan...

Kent has spent much of his career representing financial services clients o...

Kent Knickmeyer
Partner
Chicago
312 580 5056

Renato is an accomplished trial attorney who focuses his practice on representing parties involved in commodity futures markets in CFTC and DOJ investigations and enforce...

Renato is an accomplished trial attorney who focuses his practice on repres...

Renato Mariotti
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6542

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated securities offerings, and offers advice on the wide range of regulatory and compliance issues affect...

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated secur...

Greg Mennerick
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2205

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 fi...

Backed by a 25-plus-year career on the legal and regulatory side of financi...

Rick Reibman
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6023

Jonathan's practice focuses on representing registered investment companies and their independent directors in a variety of matters, including fund reorganizations and co...

Jonathan's practice focuses on representing registered investment companies...

Jonathan Van Duren