Derivatives and Futures Law Subcommittees

Designated Contract Markets

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Innovative Digitized Products and Processes

Chair: Michael Spafford
Vice-Chair: Paul Architzel
Vice-Chair: Katherine Cooper

Mission Statement: The Subcommittee’s objectives are: 

  • Educate ourselves, policy makers and the public about current issues raised by innovative digitized products and processes such as cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and blockchain or other distributed ledger technologies;
  • Identify and study emerging legal and regulatory issues and their implications for such products and processes;
  • Study and understand how the Commodity Exchange Act framework and other statutory and regulatory frameworks may intersect, and identify areas of conflict or other issues that overlapping laws may create; and
  • Make appropriate recommendations to address the material issues identified.

Working Groups:
Jurisdiction Working Group

  • Jonathan Marcus, Chair
  • Daren Stanaway, Vice-Chair

Blockchain Modality Working Group

  • Katherine Cooper, Chair
  • David McIndoe, Vice-Chair

Best Practices/SRO Working Group

  • Paul Architzel, Chair
  • Carol Wooding, Vice-Chair

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OTC Derivatives

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Part 190 Rules

Co-chair:  Vincent Lazar
Co-chair:  Kathryn Trkla

Mission Statement: The subcommittee will undertake a careful review of the Part 190 Rules to identify potential areas where they could be improved, and draft revisions in the form of model Part 190 Rules that the CFTC could consider as a base for potential agency rulemaking. We think it is timely to reevaluate the Part 190 Rules in a comprehensive manner in light of significant market and regulatory developments in recent years and the lessons to be learned from various FCM bankruptcy proceedings, including MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group. The subcommittee will focus on revisions to the Part 190 Rules where the work product will have a more realistic prospect of spurring change through agency action than developing broader policy recommendations that require legislative changes to subchapter IV of Chapter 7 to implement.​

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Private Litigation

Chair: William Nissen

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Pro Bono

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Swap Documentation

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Winter Meeting Planning

Chair: Paul Architzel
Vice-Chair:  Alexandra Guest

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