Stephen Tsai practices energy and commodities law at Sutherland, where he counsels clients on trading in commodity derivatives, complying with commodities laws such as the Commodity Exchange Act, and responding to inquiries from financial regulators. He also advises clients with respect to investigations and inquiries by the Division of Enforcement of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other financial regulators.
Prior to joining the firm, Stephen spent four years as a trial attorney at the CFTC in Washington, D.C. He conducted extensive investigations of potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. Stephen's most well-known case was leading a large part of the multi-year, high-profile international investigation into Barclays' LIBOR reporting, which resulted in a record CFTC civil monetary penalty of $200 million.
While attending law school, Stephen gained experience as a summer associate at a law firm in Canton, Ohio. Later, he joined that firm as an associate. He also briefly worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan of the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio.