January 12, 2022

Willkie partner and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Financial Institutions/Regulatory Practice Group Rita Molesworth and senior counsel Paul Pantano will each chair a panel at the American Bar Association’s Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Virtual Winter Meeting 2022, taking place from January 26 – 28.

On January 27 at 10:45 am EST, Rita will chair the panel “CPOs, CTAs and Investment Advisers.” The panel will discuss issues including:

  • CFTC developments (NALs, CPO-PQR and more)
  • NFA developments (distress events, branch offices and more)
  • Use of crypto (reporting obligations, custody for RIAs and ways to access)
  • ETF developments
  • AI and machine learning
  • Archegos fallout (including family office regulation)
  • 1940 Act Registered Funds (including use of derivatives and digital assets)
  • Issues on the horizon

On January 27 at 1:15 pm EST, Paul will chair the panel “End Users.” This panel will discuss the regulatory aspects of a typical day in the life of commercial end-users and the dealers, exchanges and regulators who interact with them. The questions to be discussed include:

  • Who is an end-user?
  • How should end-users determine the regulatory treatment of new types of contracts, such as green energy contracts?
  • What are the consequences for an end-user of characterizing a contract as a swap?
  • How are rising commodity prices affecting end-users engaged in de minimis swap dealing?
  • How end-users and their swap dealer counterparties comply with new federal and exchange position limits and exemptions?
  • How are end-users managing the LIBOR transition?

Both Rita and Paul are past chairs of the Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

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