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Kenneth M Raisler

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Kenneth Raisler is the head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Commodities, Futures and Derivatives Group. He advises brokerage, investment banking, banking and commercial clients on a full range of regulatory, transactional and litigation advice in the commodities, securities and banking areas. Prior to joining S&C, Mr. Raisler was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from 1977 to 1982 in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. He then joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was the general counsel of the Commission from 1983 to 1987.

Professional Memberships

Past Chairman, ABA Derivatives and Futures Law Committee (2015-2017); past chairman, NYCBA Committee on Futures Regulation (1988-1991); member of the board of directors, Futures Industry Association (1992-present); served on the board of directors of the Managed Funds Association and on the Working Group of The Group of Thirty Derivatives Project; member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of NYU School of Law and chair of the board’s Development Committee.


New York University School of Law (JD, 1976); Yale University (BS, 1973). Judicial Clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi, US District Court (SDNY) (1976-1977). Assistant US Attorney, DC, Criminal and Civil Divisions (1977-1982). General Counsel, CFTC (1983-1987).