Paul M. Architzel is a partner in the Securities Department, Chair of the Derivatives and Futures Practice Group and a member of the Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Group. Mr. Architzel advises firm clients on compliance with the recent regulatory reform mandates of the swaps and derivatives markets.
Mr. Architzel’s practice focuses on all areas of futures regulation, including the regulation of commodity pools and commodity trading advisors, and the regulation of futures exchanges, derivatives clearing organizations and futures commission merchants. He is an expert on issues involving the listed derivatives markets, the clearing and trading of OTC derivatives, end-user market participation and cross-border access issues. He also handles complex matters that involve the overlapping jurisdiction of securities and futures regulations, as well as compliance issues facing hedge funds and commodity pools. Mr. Architzel has practiced actively before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and is a frequent speaker at futures and derivatives industry conferences.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Architzel served as Chief Counsel of the Division of Economic Analysis, now the Division of Market Oversight, at the CFTC for more than 20 years, and was the chief architect of the Core Principle framework for futures market regulation.
Mr. Architzel also spent several years as the in-house chief US regulatory counsel for Eurex Frankfurt AG, a global derivatives/futures exchange and clearinghouse. Mr. Architzel is an adjunct professor of law in the Securities and Financial Regulation LLM program at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches Futures Regulation and the Commodity Exchange Act.