Since February, 2013, Howard Schneider serves as a Senior Consultant at Charles River Associates where he provides business consulting and expert witness services. Prior to that, from June 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Schneider was a Managing Director of another consulting firm. For the five years prior to that, Mr. Schneider served as the General Counsel at MF Global, a NYSE listed futures commission merchant and securities broker/dealer, operating in the futures and derivatives markets around the world. He was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP (“KMR”) where he concentrated in corporate, securities and derivatives/futures law and provided legal counsel in the financial markets area.
Prior to joining KMR, Mr. Schneider served as the first General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. At KMR’s predecessor firm, he was Chairman of the Corporate Department and was also Chairman of the Firm. Mr. Schneider is also a past Chairman (1997-2001) of the American Bar Association Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivative Instruments (Business Law Section). He is a member of the City Bar Association, and the New York State and American Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Futures Industry Association. He served as Chairman of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Commodities Regulation from 1982-85. From 1997 to 2018, Mr. Schneider served as a Board member of PJM Interconnection, LLC, the operator of the largest power grid in the United States.
Mr. Schneider is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal topics. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree, with distinction, from the Cornell University School of Law, where he was also an Editor of the Cornell Law Review.
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).