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Michael Sackheim

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Michael Sackheim focuses on derivatives regulatory matters in the Securities and Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory Practice. In the enforcement area, Michael has represented trading entities in CFTC enforcement actions, including a Dubai energy trader, a Texas energy company, an Asian state-owned cotton trader, a Japanese bank with respect to LIBOR benchmarking, a British bank concerning its foreign exchange trading, and was appointed by a federal judge to be the receiver in a CFTC enforcement case. Michael regularly advises clients on compliance with CFTC and National Futures Association regulations. He negotiates all forms of trading agreements, including for a large mutual funds group. Michael is a former prosecutor in Manhattan and a former Chair of the New York City Bar’s Committee on Derivatives Regulation.


Michael is the managing editor of Futures & Derivatives Law Report (published by Thomson/West Legal Works). He is the author of scholarly articles on both derivatives and legal ethics. Michael is the co-editor of a legal treatise, The Virtual Currency Regulation Review (published by Law Business Research Ltd. in 2018).