Matthew Hooper is a Director in the Legal Department in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Bank PLC. His primary practice area is OTC Commodities. He joined Barclays London office in 2000 to provide legal support to Barclays' commodities business unit as it developed from a U.K. financial OTC commodities trading business into a global OTC commodities business that trades both physically-settled and financially-settled oil, gas and power commodities, base and precious metals, commodities investor products, emissions, pulp and freight across all regions in the world. He transferred over to Barclays New York office in 2003 to assist the build out of the physical power and gas trading business in North America. Prior to joining Barclays, he practiced in the field of commercial and personal injury litigation for 5 years. Matthew is qualified as a solicitor and barrister in the Northern Territory of Australia and the Federal Courts of Australia; he is qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom and is qualified as an attorney in New York State.