Jason S. Silverstein serves as General Counsel of Noble Markets, LLC.
Before joining Noble, Mr. Silverstein served as Executive Director & Associate General Counsel of CME Group where he advised CME’s clearinghouse and swap product teams. He played a central role in developing the company’s solutions for the clearing of interest rate swaps and credit default swaps and was primarily responsible for drafting CME’s clearing rules. He was also responsible for advising on customer protection and recovery, wind down & resolution issues.
Mr. Silverstein also previously served as Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase and as Associate General Counsel at Bear Stearns where he focused on the structuring and documentation of derivative products. He began his career as an Associate in Clifford Chance US LLP’s financial products group, specializing in both derivatives and securitizations.
Mr. Silverstein holds a J.D. from Fordham University and a B.A. from Rutgers University. He is admitted to the bar in the state of New York and New Jersey.
Amanda Olear is Associate Director in the Managed Funds and Financial Requirements Branch in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Ms. Olear has worked at the CFTC since 2007 and has focused on the operations of commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors. She has served as the Rulemaking Team Lead for the CFTC’s recent rulemakings amending CFTC regulations 4.5 and 4.13, adopting Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR and harmonizing compliance obligations for commodity pool operators of registered investment companies. Ms. Olear regularly advises members of the public regarding the application of Part 4 of the CFTC’s regulations.
Ms. Olear received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2004, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
Carol McGee is the head of the Office of Derivatives Policy in the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets. In that role she directs rulewriting and other implementation projects relating to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulation of security-based swaps under U.S. law. She also provides interpretive advice on the regulatory treatment of novel derivative products under the Exchange Act, and administers the new product provisions contained in the Dodd-Frank Act. In addition, Ms. McGee is a part of the cross-divisional and interagency teams responsible for the Volcker Rule.
She was previously a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP and the co-leader of its securities practice group. Ms. McGee also served as Deputy Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. Ms. McGee holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, an M.Phil from the University of St. Andrews and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Wellesley College.
Dan M. Berkovitz was nominated by President Trump to serve as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on April 24, 2018. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 28, 2018 and sworn into office on September 7, 2018 for a five-year term expiring in April 2023.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Berkovitz was a partner and co-chair of the futures and derivatives practice at the law firm of WilmerHale. He also was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, and vice-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Futures and Derivatives.
Mr. Berkovitz served as General Counsel of the CFTC from 2009-2013. While serving in this role, he was the agency’s Deputy Representative to the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). Before the CFTC, Mr. Berkovitz was a senior staff lawyer for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.
Mr. Berkovitz obtained an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is married to Michelle and they have two children, Zoe and Eli.
Debra W. Cook is Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Her primary areas of responsibility include supporting the services of the OTC derivatives businesses globally.
Debra joined DTCC in 2005 upon the establishment of its Tampa office. Prior to DTCC, she served as Counsel in Citigroup’s Tampa office, starting at Solomon Inc, where she advised over-the-counter derivatives and foreign exchange trading businesses. Debra began her career as an attorney for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At the FRBNY, Debra analyzed data on interbank netting schemes for the Legal Working Party of the Committee on Interbank Netting Schemes of the Central Banks of the Group of Ten countries (the Lamfalussy Report). She also represented FRBNY on the drafting committee for the revision of UCC Article 8 which applied the concept of “entitlement holder” to the modern book-entry system of securities holding and transfer.
At DTCC, Debra has focused on over-the-counter derivatives matters globally, including: advising on the growth and expansion of DTCC’s derivatives products and services; managing trade repository registration and on-going compliance in multiple jurisdictions; interfacing with regulators on derivatives regulations; addressing data access and data privacy issues and policy.
Debra was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of The University of Tampa and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.
Debra received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University, where she was Note & Comment Editor of the Administrative Law Journal.
Gary Barnett is the founder and CEO of Digital Capital Markets, LLC, an SEC registered broker-dealer and FINRA member, and Co-Founder of Fleming Park Global Partners, LLC, a business and regulatory consulting firm.
Mr. Barnett is a former Deputy Director in the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was responsible for (i) broker-dealer oversight, including capital, margin and segregation rules, governance and risk management; (ii) derivatives policy; (iii) certain trading practices; and (iv) Volcker.
Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Barnett was the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight. There he established the swap dealer registration and compliance programs, led the responses to the FCM and RFED crises following MF Global, including the reorientation of the exam program and the creation and adoption of the FCM customer protection rules, and formed DSIO’s CPO/CTA team and led many of its key initiatives.
Before joining the CFTC in 2011, he was a partner and head of the U.S. Derivatives and Structured Finance Practice Group at Linklaters LLP. Prior to Linklaters, he was a partner and co-head of the Securitization and Derivatives Practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP.
Mr. Barnett was an adjunct professor of law and taught Derivatives Regulation at Cornell Law School from 2012 through 2015, chaired PLI’s annual conference on New Developments in Securitization from 1995 through 2010, is co-Chair of the PLI annual conferences on fundamental and advanced swaps and other derivatives, holds FINRA Series 7, 79, 24 and 63 licenses, and is a member of the New York, California and Oklahoma bars.
Geoffrey B. Goldman is a partner in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. Mr. Goldman’s practice focuses on derivatives, structured products and financial regulation. He has extensive experience with structuring and documenting over-the-counter derivatives transactions, particularly credit and equity derivatives. He has represented clearinghouses, trading facilities, repositories and other infrastructure providers for derivatives transactions and has advised industry groups in developing industry-standard documentation for derivative products. He regularly provides advice with respect to commodities, securities and other regulatory issues related to derivatives and other financial products.
Mr. Goldman also has broad experience representing issuers and underwriters of synthetic and cash-flow collateralized debt obligation transactions. He has advised clients on structuring public and private commodity pools. Clients include major U.S. and foreign financial institutions, clearing organizations and trading facilities, derivatives infrastructure providers, corporate users of derivatives, hedge funds and industry groups.
Columbia Law School, J.D., 1996
Stanford University, A.B., 1993
John Servidio is a partner in Goodwin’s Capital Markets and Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology practices. He advises clients on the origination, sales and trading of financial instruments including securities, rates, currencies, commodities and digital assets. In the capital markets space, Mr. Servidio assists dealers and issuers with structuring equity and equity-linked offerings, hedging and monetization transactions, securities repurchase programs and corporate derivatives. In the blockchain space, he helps clients build and invest in decentralized exchanges (DEXs), decentralized applications (Dapps) and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols for staking, financing, lending and trading virtual currencies.
Mr. Servidio’s previous industry experience includes serving as assistant general counsel at a global investment bank and as an attorney at another well-known investment banking firm. Before law school, Mr. Servidio was an analyst in the real estate group at a large commercial bank. He is a frequent author and speaker on swaps, derivatives, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
Josh Cohn provides derivatives dispute advisory and expert witness services.
Josh retired in 2016 as Partner and head of Mayer Brown’s US Derivatives & Structured Products practice and co-leader of the global Derivatives & Structured Products practice. He concentrated his practice on derivatives, having extensive experience as US counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), and representing dealers and end-users in a wide range of transactions.
Josh’s positions in years prior included, Partner, Allen & Overy, Derivatives Counsel, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Senior Vice President and General Counsel, DKB Financial Products, Inc.
Josh has been listed for derivatives law in The Best Lawyers in America, IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500. Josh has been ranked band 1 in Chambers USA since 2008, having been characterized in the years since as “a derivatives oracle,” “ luminary” and “doubtless one of the best derivatives lawyers in the world.”
Josh is on the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance.
Kathryn (Katie) has over 35 years’ experience in the derivatives and securities industries, working on a variety of matters for institutional investors, professional trading firms, commercial hedgers, futures commission merchants, securities brokerage firms, domestic and foreign exchanges and clearing houses, and others. Her experience ranges from representing clients on matters before the CFTC, SEC, and self-regulatory organizations; analyzing regulatory proposals; counseling clients on the implications of legislative and rule changes; and providing general regulatory counsel.
Katie has a thorough understanding of regulation of futures markets and derivatives clearing, protection of customer funds, and issues involving commodity broker bankruptcies. She assists with drafting clearing house rules and rule changes and analyzes enforceability of clearing house rules. She counsels clients on differences in treatment and protection of funds associated with cleared versus non-cleared derivatives transactions and clearing of swaps versus futures. Along with a Foley colleague, she served as special commodity counsel to the trustee in the PFG commodity broker bankruptcy. As Co-Chair of the ABA Part 190 Subcommittee comprised of members of the ABA Derivatives & Futures Law and Business Bankruptcy Committees, Katie co-led the project to draft “model” Part 190 Commodity Broker Bankruptcy Rules, which the Subcommittee submitted to the CFTC in 2017 and which formed the foundation for the comprehensive amendments the CFTC approved in December 2020.
Katie is Chair of the ABA Derivatives & Futures Law Committee, and served as the first Chair of the Committee’s Innovative Digitized Products and Processes Subcommittee. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Futures Industry Association Law & Compliance Division. Katie is a co-author of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Cumulative Supplements to the treatise Derivatives Regulation. In October 2020, she joined the Board of Editors of the Futures and Derivatives Law Report.
Katie has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. She was ranked globally by Chambers Global 2019, 2020 and 2021 and nationally by Chambers USA 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 in the area of Derivatives. She has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007 in the area of derivatives and futures law and was named Chicago’s 2014 and 2019 Lawyer of the Year for derivatives and futures law.
Knox McIlwain’s practice focuses on the regulation, resiliency and resolution of financial institutions, particularly global systemically important banks.
With experience in a broad array of financial company resolution regimes and related regulatory frameworks in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, Knox helps clients with global business models navigate divergent and at times conflicting local regimes. He advises clients on a wide range of topics, from the structure of TLAC bonds and global resolution strategies to the rights of creditors and evolving regulatory requirements.
Knox frequently works with clients on effective engagement with regulators, including responding to regulatory proposals and advocating for regulatory changes.
Knox joined the firm in 2007 and became counsel in 2017.
Laura Gardy is an Associate Director in the Registration & Compliance Group in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Ms. Gardy worked for the CFTC from 2002 through 2012 in enforcement and in the offices of Commissioners Chilton and O’Malia. Ms. Gardy returned to the CFTC in her current role in 2015 after three years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Securities and Corporate Practices Group. Ms. Gardy and her team work collaboratively with NFA and with fellow operational divisions within the CFTC to address and provide guidance on issues relating to swap dealer and futures commission merchant registration and compliance.
Ms. Gardy received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Lisa A. Shemie is an Associate General Counsel with Cboe Global Markets. In her role, Ms. Shemie advises on all matters relating to foreign exchange, including related CFTC regulation, and has particular responsibility for the Cboe FX entities, including the Hotspot electronic communications network and swap execution facility. Alongside her day-to-day role, Ms. Shemie is Cboe Global Markets’ representative on the Financial Markets Lawyers Group, and plays a key role as a member of the Policy Committee of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association.
Ms. Shemie brings more than 15 years of legal experience in financial services to her role. Previously, Ms. Shemie spent ten years with JPMorgan in its derivatives practice group, serving as an Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel. There, she served as a principal foreign exchange and derivatives lawyer supporting JPMorgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, and was responsible for the bank’s implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act as it related to the firm’s foreign exchange businesses. Ms. Shemie led a team of lawyers and documentation specialists responsible for the negotiation of all of the master derivatives, clearing, futures, repo and securities lending documentation relating to JPMorgan’s relationships with its clients in the Americas, and she led New York based legal advice for the bank’s emerging markets clients, supporting the bank’s derivatives businesses in Latin America.
Before joining JPMorgan, Ms. Shemie served as a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was a principal attorney supporting the foreign exchange, commodities and interest rate derivatives desks. She spent a further three years at Intesa San Paolo, a Milan-based Italian bank, where she was the bank’s sole in-house counsel to the New York-based Structured Finance Group.
Ms. Shemie holds a B.C.L. and LL. B. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is admitted to the New York State Bar and the Barreau du Québec. Ms. Shemie speaks Portuguese, Italian and French fluently.
Locke McMurray's practice focuses on derivatives and other financial products and spans the full spectrum of transactional, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters. He is a founding member of Jones Day's IBOR/LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) transition task force.
Locke regularly counsels clients, including foreign and domestic financial institutions and corporate clients, on ISDA and other documentation for swaps and other financial products, commercial law and regulation of derivatives under Dodd-Frank and the Commodity Exchange Act.
Locke additionally analyzes financial transactions from a litigation perspective, particularly in relation to derivatives termination and valuation questions, the Uniform Commercial Code, fraudulent conveyances, rights of set-off against deposit accounts and the rights and obligations of various deal participants in securitized product and structured credit transactions. He has vast experience in rendering legal opinions on a variety of bankruptcy, derivatives, and secured transaction matters and on the efficacy of these are other credit mitigation techniques for capital adequacy purposes.
Prior to Jones Day, Locke spent more than 15 years as in-house counsel at a variety of banks, where he held such roles as global head of legal fixed income and equity derivatives, regional head of legal for investment banking and sales and trading at a foreign bank and head of derivatives legal at the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 estates.
Matt Kerfoot has worked as both a lawyer and a banker in the fund finance industry over the past two decades. Matt is currently in the Fund Finance and Investments group at UBS and was previously a partner at Dechert in their Global Finance practice. Prior to that Matt was a senior vice president on HSBC's fund finance and solutions desk.
Rosario Chiarenza is an Executive Director and Head of Regulatory Reform Strategy in the Legal and Compliance Division where he focusses on planning and implementing regulatory change initiatives as well as overseeing the global swap dealer program. Previously, Mr. Chiarenza was a member of the Barclays’ legal department where he focused on Dodd Frank Title VII regulation and implementation across the investment bank franchise and counsel at ISDA where he covered US regulatory and policy matters both at the federal and state level. Mr. Chiarenza has also worked in the Structured Finance Practice Group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Mr. Chiarenza graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received his law degree (magna cum laude) from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was an articles editor of the Cardozo Law Review.
Tom Smith is a Deputy Director in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Tom’s primary responsibilities include capital, margin, segregation, and financial reporting requirements for futures commission merchants, swap dealers, major swap participants, and introducing brokers.
Tom joined the Commission in 1992 and has worked in various capacities including as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Proceedings where he worked on adjudicatory matters, and as a Special Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets where he worked on issues concerning futures commission merchants, clearing organizations and contract markets. Tom spent several years in public accounting prior to joining the Commission.
William Thum is a principal in Vanguard’s Office of the General Counsel and global head of the Derivatives, Securities Financing, and SMA Group. He chairs the Investment Company Institute’s Derivatives Market Advisory Committee and is a former chair of the Steering Committee of SIFMA’s Asset Management Group. He speaks at ISDA, SIFMA, and ICI conferences, among others, and has written many articles on derivatives issues. Mr. Thum works with global regulators, trade associations, and service providers in developing the new global architecture and regulatory framework for derivatives.
Before joining Vanguard in 2010, he was a partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he concentrated on derivatives regulatory issues and trading agreements. From 1998 to 2007, he was head of institutional securities documentation at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he held similar positions at UBS and BNP Paribas in New York and at Kleinwort Benson in London and was involved in the drafting of the foundational derivatives master agreements and product definitions.
Mr. Thum earned a B.A. in international relations and economics from Bucknell University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. He is admitted to the bar in New York and Pennsylvania.
Financial institutions, corporations and industry groups look to Gabe on all aspects of financial regulation, including the impact of regulatory reform on business strategy, implementation challenges, and enforcement and supervision.
Gabe advises clients on subjects including derivatives regulation, the Volcker Rule, broker-dealer issues and resolution planning. He has developed online resources to help market participants understand the impact of financial regulatory reform and comply with regulatory obligations. He has written numerous comment letters and other forms of advocacy for clients on key issues.
Gabe is a frequent writer, commentator and lecturer on financial regulatory reform issues. He is co-editor of OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank, a leading resource on the swap regulatory regime, and has held academic appointments at Yale Law School, the Yale School of Management and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Mr. Moskowitz served as Chief Investigative Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where he led the Committee’s investigative and oversight activities in connection with a wide variety of banking, securities, housing, and insurance matters. Before joining the Senate Banking Committee staff, Mr. Moskowitz served as a counsel on the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked on legislative and oversight matters to strengthen U.S. capital markets and promote capital formation.
Previously at the SEC, Mr. Moskowitz served as a counsel to former Commissioner Daniel Gallagher, advising him on domestic and international policy issues and regulatory matters. Mr. Moskowitz also served as an attorney in the Division of Enforcement.
Mr. Moskowitz began his government service as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before and after his clerkship, Mr. Moskowitz practiced securities law in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
Most recently, Mr. Moskowitz was a managing director at Patomak Global Partners LLC, where he provided consulting services to financial services firms and public companies on regulatory and compliance matters.
Mr. Moskowitz received his B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Ms. Johannes is Principal of Johannes Advisory Services and has extensive experience in developing public policy strategy and managing legislative and regulatory issues for the financial services industry. Prior to forming Johannes Advisory Services, Ms. Johannes led ISDA’s industry-wide OTC margin rules initiative, developing and coordinating advocacy and implementation strategies within the industry. She joined ISDA in 2009 as Senior Director and Head of US Public Policy. Ms. Johannes served as Director of Federal Agencies Relations for Freddie Mac and as Legislative Manager for Financial Services for Ford Motor Credit Company. She started her career as a regulatory counsel with the American Bankers Association and was an enforcement attorney for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Ms. Johannes is a graduate of the Washington College of Law and of Hope College.
Mark H. Leeds is a tax partner with the law firm of Mayer Brown. Mark’s professional practice focuses on the tax consequences of a variety of investments, capital markets products and strategies, including qualified opportunity funds, over-the-counter derivative transactions, swaps, tax-exempt derivatives, strategies for efficient utilization of tax attributes as well as advising on cross-border tax issues. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mark was a shareholder at another international law firm, and a Managing Director and Senior Tax Counsel with Deutsche Bank AG in New York. At Deutsche Bank, Mark led the Tax Counsel function within Group Tax of the Americas. Mark is also a recipient of the 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mark served as the general counsel of a credit derivative company and, prior to that, Mark was a partner at Deloitte & Touche where he led the Capital Markets Tax Practice. Mark is a frequent writer and speaker on tax topics affecting the Capital Markets.
Michael Sackheim is senior counsel in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP where he concentrates on derivatives regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters. Michael is a past Chair of the New York City Bar Derivatives Regulation Committee, and he is the managing editor of Futures & Derivatives Law Report (Thomson Reuters, publ.). Michael is also the co-editor of a new legal treatise, The Virtual Currency Regulation Review (November 2018, Law Business Research Ltd).
Wenchi Hu is the founding member of Fleming Park Law PLLC and co-founder of Fleming Park Global Partners, LLC. She specializes in FinTech, corporate finance, structured transactions, and financial regulations, and has advised and counseled technology companies, broker-dealers, trading firms, alternative trading platforms, and emerging growth companies on corporate transactions, complex financing, equity and treasury trading, market structure, clearing, digital assets, risk management and compliance.
She was previously a partner of Latham & Watkins, LLP, where she advised financial institutions, technology companies, derivatives clearing organizations, and corporate issuers on a wide range of complex legal, regulatory and policy issues.
Prior to that, she was an Associate Director and head of the Office of Clearance and Settlement Supervision in the Division of Trading and Markets at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As part of that role, she oversaw central counterparties’ risk supervision under the regime established by the Securities Exchange Act and Title VIII of the Dodd-Frank Act and was responsible for clearing agency registration, rule filings and advance notices, requests for no-action relief and exemptive relief, and risk monitoring and supervision. She also worked with Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Commodity Futures Trading Commission on supervision of clearing agencies designated as systemically important and providing critical market infrastructure services.
Before joining the SEC, she was a Managing Director and Senior Counsel at Rabobank New York Branch responsible for legal risk management relating to Rabobank’s U.S. capital markets and derivatives business.
She served as a public director on the Board of OneChicago, a futures exchange jointly regulated by the CFTC and SEC, and a member of OneChicago’s Regulatory Oversight Committee in 2019-2020.
She is a member of New York Bar and District of Columbia Bar.
Don Macbean is a partner in the Structured Finance and Securitization group in the New York office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. His practice focuses on structuring, negotiating and documenting complex structured energy transactions, over-the-counter derivatives, and structured finance transactions. Don has extensive experience advising clients in the energy sector with respect to a wide variety of financial transactions, including supply contracts, offtake and hedging transactions (physical and financial), tolling arrangements, and construction debt financings. He also advises international clients on accessing the U.S. capital markets through complex debt issuances backed by mortgages and other related assets. Don is recognized in industry publications such as The Legal 500 US, and his clients include financial institutions, insurance companies, underwriters, issuers, corporations and other end-users.
Jamila Piracci joined NFA in 2011 from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she was an attorney with a primary focus on orderly liquidation authority and resolution planning under the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as on market and other developments pertaining to OTC derivatives. Prior to joining the Reserve Bank, Jamila spent nearly a decade advising a range of OTC derivatives market participants, including dealer banks, investment managers and energy firms. The focus of her transactional and advisory work was in the interest rate, commodity and credit derivatives areas, and she acted as deal counsel for structured derivative programs, including cash and synthetic CDOs and CLOs. Jamila also was an Assistant General Counsel at ISDA, where she chaired working groups developing market documentation and best practices primarily in the credit derivatives area. Jamila received her bachelor's degree from Harvard-Radcliffe College at Harvard University. She received her MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and her JD from Cornell Law School. Jamila has written a number of articles and has spoken frequently on issues pertaining to OTC derivatives.
Katie Driscoll has been Associate Chief Counsel of the CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) since 2015. Before that, she was Associate Director for DSIO’s Registration & Compliance branch. In 2013, Ms. Driscoll served as counsel to then Chairman of the CFTC, Gary Gensler. Ms. Driscoll played a significant role in drafting the CFTC’s swap dealer external business conduct standards rules and has had primary responsibility for several intermediary recordkeeping rulemakings. Ms. Driscoll began her career at the CFTC in the Division of Enforcement and, prior to joining the CFTC, was in private practice, specializing in commercial and bankruptcy litigation.
Michael Mann is a senior vice president and tax counsel at HSBC Bank USA, supporting the Global Banking and Markets business. Prior to working at HSBC, Michael spent five years at another financial institution and was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP for seven years.
Mike Gill is Chief of Staff to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Chairman Christopher Giancarlo. Through a Commission order, Mike has been designated as the Chief Regulatory Reform Officer for the CFTC whereby he is leading an agency-wide review of its rules, regulations, and practices to make them simpler, less burdensome, and less costly. He is also responsible for coordinating the hiring, development and evolution of the Commission’s fintech initiative, LabCFTC. Previously, Mike was an attorney with Crowell & Moring, LLP, where the majority of his work was concentrated in the energy and financial service sectors. From January 2015 to August 2016 he was a member of the CFTC’s Energy and Environment Markets Advisory Committee. Mike also has a legislative background having served on the staff of Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO), Representative Paul Gillmor (R-5th District, Ohio), and Representative Jim Greenwood (R-8th District, Pennsylvania). Mike's pro bono experience includes representing undocumented juveniles through the Kids in Need Defense (“KIND”) program before state and federal courts. He also volunteers for the Archdiocesan Legal Network. In 2016, Mike was nominated by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and confirmed by the city council to a board position at the D.C. Board of Elections. He is a licensed practitioner of both the Washington, D.C., and Maryland Bars. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Dayton, a Master’s degree in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America. Mike, his wife Kristina, and their three children live in Washington, D.C.
Pen Starke is the Assistant General Counsel for Receivership Section in the FDIC's Legal Division. He has worked on receivership operations issues at the FDIC during the past 20 years and specialized in the treatment of qualified financial contracts in FDIC receiverships since FIRREA. In 2010, he worked with congressional staff on the orderly liquidation authority leading up to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and is responsible for the ongoing implementing the FDIC's regulations on the OLA.
Peter Kals is Special Counsel in the Office of Brian Quintenz of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Prior to joining Commissioner Quintenz’s office, Peter was Special Counsel in the Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk, where his primary responsibilities included matters involving the swap clearing requirement and supervision of derivatives clearing organizations. Peter joined the Commission in 2009. Prior to joining the Commission, Peter worked in private practice.