Neal E. Kumar

Partner

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1143
F 202 303 2143
nkumarwillkie.com

Neal Kumar is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department focusing on commodities and derivatives law, and a member of the Willkie Digital Works practice. Neal represents major financial institutions, participants within the digital asset eco-system, trading companies, exchanges, and clearing organizations, in a variety of regulatory, enforcement, legislative, and transactional matters involving commodities, digital assets, and derivatives.

Chambers USA (2022) recognized Neal in the area of Derivatives (National), where he is commended for his “deep understanding of Dodd-Frank-related regulations.” In addition, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) named Neal as a Rising Star.

Neal has extensive experience representing clients in derivatives regulatory matters, including the application of Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and National Futures Association (NFA) rules, regulations, and guidance. He has also spearheaded client representations involving CFTC, NFA, and exchange investigations on a large number of matters such as pricing screen manipulation, rules applicable to CFTC registrants, swap data reporting, wash trading, and position limits amongst other matters.

He also concentrates on advising clients, including major exchanges, defi protocols, proprietary traders, and asset managers, on the regulation of digital assets.  This includes advising on the application of State regulation and the intersection between digital assets and derivatives regulation, including the latest legislative developments.  Neal is also advising a number of startups and established financial institutions regarding the use of blockchain, digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences regarding regulatory and enforcement related issues in derivatives and digital assets.

Neal is on the FIA Law & Compliance Executive Committee, an active member of the D.C. Bar committee on Derivatives, Securitization & Project Finance, and an advocate for greater diversity in the financial services industry.

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Neal Kumar is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department focusing on commodities and derivatives law, and a member of the Willkie Digital Works practice. Neal represents major financial institutions, participants within the digital asset eco-system, trading companies, exchanges, and clearing organizations, in a variety of regulatory, enforcement, legislative, and transactional matters involving commodities, digital assets, and derivatives.

Prior Experience

Prior to private practice, Neal was a Special Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the CFTC where he represented the CFTC in connection with rulemakings and civil litigation, and provided advice about legal issues raised by enforcement settlements.  He was extensively involved in the development of significant rulemakings, including the joint definition of swap with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), position limits and aggregation, swap reporting, and new registration requirements for swap dealers and swap execution facilities.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

  • Global DCA CryptoConnection 2022, Legislative Developments in Crypto - Panelist (June 2022)
  • FIA Forum: Commodities 2022, Practical Tips for Trade Surveillance & Compliance Programs - Moderator(June 2022)
  • D.C. Bar, Blueprint for Greater Corporate Board Diversity: Roadmap and Roadblocks - Moderator (May 2022)
  • FIA Law & Compliance Division Conference, The Rise of Retail - Moderator (April 2022)
  • FIA Tech, Is Your Firm Ready for the CFTC Position Limits Compliance Deadline of January 1, 2022? - Presenter (November 2021)
  • FIA Law & Compliance Division Conference, Position Limits (Once More with Feeling) - Moderator(April 2021)
  • Willkie Webinar: Analyzing a proposal to change the regulatory framework applicable swap execution facilities (January 2019)
  • Willkie Webinar: Analyzing the intersection between cryptocurrency and derivatives (February 2018)

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • The CFTC (Finally) Adopts Speculative Position Limits, Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation (June 2021)
  • Regulatory Monitor: CFTC Update, The Investment Lawyer (January 2021)
  • Opinion: Why Words Matter in CFTC Enforcement of Insider Trading, Market Voice (May 2019)
  • The Duty of Diligent Supervision: To Whom And What Does It Apply And What Does It Require?, Futures and Derivatives Law Report (December 2017)
  • Non-Prosecution Agreements are the New Black: The Latest Trend Under the CFTC's New Enforcement Regime, Futures and Derivatives Law Report (October 2017)

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