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Derivatives and Commodities

Participants in the commodities and derivatives markets face the most profound regulatory changes of their history as sweeping U.S. legislation nears completion. They confront a regulatory structure for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trading, including requirements that most trading be moved onto exchanges or through clearinghouses with new and higher capital and margin requirements. Complying with the unprecedented new controls will present participants with complex legal and business challenges.

To meet those challenges, our Derivatives and Commodities practice offers extensive experience representing various types of participants in the commodities and derivatives markets. We represent numerous financial entities including, banks, insurance companies, finance companies, exchanges, brokers, hedge funds, energy companies, and other major market participants. Our experience includes representing clients in regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters involving futures, options, swaps, and other derivatives. We have also undertaken internal investigations relating to commodity trading activities.

Our Commodities and Derivatives practice group has also been significantly involved in advising numerous financial entities and trade associations on Congress' OTC derivatives legislation and has helped them understand the effects of the new legislation on their business.

Our lawyers also have substantial knowledge and experience with the Commodity Exchange Act, federal and state securities laws, federal energy laws, as well as federal banking laws. We also have significant experience dealing with enforcement and rule compliance in connection with exchanges such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Intercontinental Exchange.

Our lawyers have also represented companies with regard to allegations of market manipulation or other trading abuses. We have represented several major energy traders, large broker-dealers, and various hedge funds in connection with allegations of price manipulation in the energy, securities, and futures markets.

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