Three Willkie Lawyers to Speak at FIA Law & Compliance Division Conference — April 28 - 30, 2021

April 23, 2021

Washington, D.C. partners Athena Eastwood and Neal E. Kumar and senior counsel Paul J. Pantano, Jr. will participate on virtual panels at the upcoming event.

Willkie partners Athena Eastwood and Neal E. Kumar and senior counsel Paul J. Pantano, Jr. will speak at the Law & Compliance Division Conference (L&C-V), hosted by the Futures Industry Association, which will run from April 28 to 30. The conference will cover legal and regulatory issues impacting the derivatives industry, as well as practical considerations driven by the remote work environment.

At 1:30 PM EDT on Wednesday, April 28, Ms. Eastwood will speak on the panel “ Managing Climate Risk in the Global Financial Markets.” This panel will address issues relating to the risks posed by climate change on the global financial markets, and provide a general overview of the major areas of regulatory development in this space, including developments in creating a globally consistent regulatory disclosure framework, challenges to establishing a carbon price and benchmarks with market integrity, and efforts to scale a robust, transparent voluntary carbon market.

At 2 PM on Thursday, April 29, Mr. Pantano will speak on the panel “Conducting and Defending an Investigation from Home,” giving insights on the challenges created by remote working. Panelists will also cover the best practices to properly defend (or conduct) an investigation in the current COVID-19 environment.

At 11 AM on Friday, April 30, Mr. Kumar will serve as moderator for the panel “Position Limits (Once More with Feeling),” which will discuss the most recent CFTC position limits rule, including implementation issues facing firms and the need to come into compliance. The panel will also address the possibility that the CFTC, under the direction of a new administration, may revisit potential changes to the position limits rule.

FIA is the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets. Its membership includes clearing firms, exchanges, clearinghouses, trading firms and commodities specialists from about 50 countries, as well as technology vendors, law firms and other professional service providers.

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