Nihal S. Patel

New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 504 5645

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Practice Areas

  • Broker-Dealer Regulation
  • Commodities & Futures Regulation
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Swap Regulation
  • Financial Regulation
  • OTC Derivatives
  • Structured Products
University Northwestern University, B.A., 2004
Law SchoolNorthwestern University, School of Law, J.D., 2010
Admitted2013, New York

Nihal Patel is an associate in the firm's Financial Services Group. He counsels both financial institutions and “buy-side” market participants on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues relating to securities and derivatives trading. This includes, inter alia, advice as to numerous aspects of broker-dealer regulation and swap regulatory issues arising under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act.

He also has substantial experience in drafting and negotiating prime brokerage, derivatives, and other trading and financing documentation. Recently, he was a member of the Cadwalader team that represented ISDA in the drafting of protocols and other documentation for addressing requirements of CFTC regulations adopted under Dodd-Frank. He has also been a speaker on these and related topics at industry conferences in the United States and abroad.

Nihal is a contributor to the chapters on trading and dealings with customers in Lofchie's Guide to Broker-Dealer Regulation and the swap definition, margin, and employees chapters of Lofchie's Guide to CPO/CTA Regulation.

He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he served on the board of the Northwestern University Law Review. Nihal is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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Cadwalader Named 2014 Americas Derivatives Law Firm of the Year; Ray Shirazi Recognized as Top Derivatives Lawyer Sep 19, 2014

Cadwalader Named 2014 Americas Derivatives Law Firm of the Year; Ray Shirazi Recognized as Top Derivatives Lawyer Sep 19, 2014


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Prudential Regulators Release Final Margin Rules for Swaps Oct 23, 2015

MFA Compliance 2014 May 07, 2014


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Prudential Regulators Release Final Margin Rules for Swaps
Steven Lofchie,Nihal S. Patel,Jeffrey L. Robins, October 29, 2015
On October 22, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation held an open meeting at which it voted to adopt: (i) final rules governing margin and capital requirements for uncleared swaps1 and (ii) an interim final rule to implement statutory amendments excluding certain entities from the...

SEC Proposes Title VII Regulatory Framework for Non-US Dealers Transacting in the United States
Steven Lofchie,Isaac Neill,Nihal S. Patel,Jeffrey L. Robins, May 6, 2015
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) reproposed rules addressing the application of certain requirements under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Reproposal”) to non-U.S. persons dealing in security-based swaps (“SBSs”), where the...

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Amended Legacy Swaps between SDs and SPVs
Douglas J. Donahue,Ivan Loncar,Paul J. Pantano,Nihal S. Patel, April 17, 2015
On March 31, 2015, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued no-action relief regarding compliance with certain of its swap regulations, including, but not limited to, business...
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Nihal S. Patel

New YorkNY 10281-0006


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