Webcast: What’s Next: Spoofing and Manipulation in Commodities and Derivatives Markets

December 9, 2021

This program will provide a comprehensive overview of spoofing and manipulation in the commodities and derivatives markets under the Commodity Exchange Act and other authorities. The panelists, all highly experienced lawyers in this area, will discuss the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal prosecutions for spoofing and market manipulation, and the overlapping and often coordinated investigations conducted simultaneously by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other domestic and foreign regulators. We will also explore the strategies used by the government to investigate and prosecute spoofing and other market manipulation cases.

Topics will include:

  • Overview of commodities and derivatives spoofing and market manipulation
  • Recent CFTC, DOJ and other agency developments and trends
  • Government investigation and prosecution strategies
  • Internal monitoring, protection, and training

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David Burns is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the firm’s National Security Practice Group. He served in senior positions in both the Criminal Division and National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, he served as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, where he led more than 600 federal prosecutors who conducted investigations and prosecutions involving securities fraud, health care fraud, FCPA violations, public corruption, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, child exploitation, international narcotics trafficking, human rights violations, organized and transnational crime, gang violence, and other crimes, as well as matters involving international affairs and sensitive law enforcement techniques.

Joel M. Cohen is a partner in the New York office and co-chair of the firm’s global White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. He is also a member of the Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Antitrust & Competition Practice Groups. He has been lead or co-lead counsel in 24 civil and criminal trials in federal and state courts, and he is equally comfortable in leading confidential investigations, managing crises or advocating in court proceedings. Mr. Cohen’s experience includes all aspects of FCPA/anticorruption issues, in addition to financial institution litigation and other international disputes and discovery.

Jeffrey L. Steiner is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, co-chair of the firm’s Derivatives Practice, and co-chair of the firm’s Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology Practice. He advises financial institutions, dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, and others on compliance and implementation issues relating to CFTC, SEC, the Dodd-Frank Act, and other banking rules and regulations. He also helps clients to navigate through cross-border issues resulting from global derivatives requirements. He has been recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers USA as an international leading lawyer for his work in derivatives, and was named a Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer.

Darcy C. Harris is a litigation associate in the New York office. She is a member of the firm’s Securities Enforcement, Securities Litigation, and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal and regulatory investigations, securities litigation, and white collar defense. She has represented clients across a variety of industries, including financial services, insurance, accounting and auditing, healthcare, real estate, consumer goods, media and entertainment, and non-profit.

Amy Feagles is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office.  She is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations, and Antitrust and Competition Practice Groups.  Her practice encompasses internal investigations, regulatory and criminal investigations, and complex commercial litigation across a range of industries, including financial services, government contracting, healthcare, and international shipping.

Jaclyn Neely is an associate in the New York office.  She is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Enforcement, Anti-Money Laundering, and Litigation Practice Groups.  She represents major multinational corporations, financial institutions, and others in criminal, regulatory, and internal investigations, with a focus on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues.


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