Neal E. Kumar

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 862 2288

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  • Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
  • Commodities & Futures Regulation
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Commodities
  • Energy & Commodities Investigations
  • Swap Regulation
  • Energy & Commodities Regulation & Compliance
  • Energy & Commodities Transactions
  • Financial Regulation
  • Government & Internal Investigations and Defense
  • Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 862 2288
Fax: 202 862 2400
University Fordham University, B.S., cum laude, 2003
Law SchoolPace Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007
Admitted2008, New York; District of Columbia

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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News Releases

Cadwalader Advises Magnolia LNG on First Binding Tolling Agreement for LNG Export Project Jul 23, 2015


Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards Nov 21, 2013


Clients & Friends Memos

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Swaps Executed as Part of Certain Package Transactions Nov 30, 2015


Futures Industry Association Regulation AT Webinar Dec 16, 2015


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CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Swaps Executed as Part of Certain Package Transactions
Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Andrew M. Greenberg,Neal E. Kumar,Michael Selig, December 7, 2015
On October 14, 2015, the Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an additional extension of no-action relief for swaps executed as part of “package” transactions.1 This relief provides additional time...

CFTC Releases Swap Dealer De Minimis Report
Sohair A. Aguirre,Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Jonathan H. Flynn,Andrew M. Greenberg,Neal E. Kumar, November 30, 2015
CFTC Staff’s Preliminary Report on whether to modify the swap dealer de minimis threshold highlights the difficulty in identifying swap dealing activity and problems with swap data reporting

CFTC Unanimously Approves Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Regulation of Automated Trading
Isabelle S. Corbett,Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Neal E. Kumar,Jorge Pesok,Michael Selig, November 30, 2015
On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) held an open meeting to propose the regulation of automated trading (“Regulation AT”). According to the CFTC, the purpose of Regulation AT is to minimize the potential for...

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Neal E. Kumar

700 Sixth Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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