Neal Kumar focuses his practice on representing financial institutions, hedge funds, major energy and agricultural companies, and trade associations in a variety of regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters.
Neal advises clients on various matters associated with the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, specifically focusing on derivative products and physical transactions. This includes advising clients on the application of rules and regulations promulgated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Futures Association (NFA). Neal advises both end-users and CFTC registrants on compliance with rules applicable to futures contracts, options on futures, and swaps, including when U.S. derivative regulations apply in a cross-border context. Neal's practice also focuses on representing clients in government investigations by the CFTC and self-regulatory organizations related to manipulation, reporting, position limits, prohibited trade practices and other matters.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Neal served as Counsel to the Office of the General Counsel for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). While there, he had extensive involvement in the development of various rulemakings of the Dodd-Frank Act, including the joint definition of swap with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), position limits, swaps large trader reporting, foreign boards of trade and swap execution facility registration. Neal also coordinated with Commission staff in developing memorandums of understanding with foreign regulators and assisted in a joint study with the SEC comparing the regulation of swaps in various jurisdictions.
Neal received his L.L.M. from the University of London, King's College, J.D. from Pace University School of Law and his B.S. from Fordham University. He is admitted in to practice in the District of Columbia and in the State of New York.
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