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Geoffrey F. Aronow

Geoffrey F. Aronow

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Geoffrey Aronow is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin LLP.  He is a former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) General Counsel as well as Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the SEC’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), and Director of Enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  His extensive experience in private practice includes:

  • Representing parties in investigations and adjudicatory proceedings before the SEC, CFTC, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other federal financial regulatory agencies;
  • Participating in rulemakings and other matters before administrative agencies in connection with policy issues and initiatives, particularly with regard in international regulatory issues;
  • Advising on compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements;
  • Litigation in federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels, under the federal securities and commodities laws and other statutes, as well as constitutional and civil rights matters;
  • Formulating and executing strategy for legislative initiatives, forming coalitions, providing analysis of legislative alternatives, drafting materials for legislative hearings and meetings, and
  • Advising clients in connection with Congressional investigation and oversight hearings.

As SEC General Counsel, Geoffrey served as the chief legal officer of the Commission.  As OIA Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Geoffrey provided legal and policy advice to the OIA Director and served as legal advisor to OIA. He oversaw the coordination of OIA input on international practices relevant to rulemakings, SEC and staff interpretive guidance and policy development.  Geoffrey also served as Senior Counsel to Chair Mary Jo White during his tenure at the SEC.

From 1995 to 1999, as CFTC Director of Enforcement, Geoffrey oversaw its division responsible for investigating and prosecuting civil violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations.

Geoffrey was listed in The National Law Journal’ s “Governance, Risk and Compliance: Trailblazers & Pioneers 2014” and was selected as a Leading Lawyer in Derivatives Law by The Best Lawyers in America in 2010-2012 and 2017, and a Top Rated Securities & Corporate Finance and Securities Litigation Lawyer in Washington, DC. in Super Lawyers for 2010-12 and 2017-18.

Education:
JD, Yale Law School, 1981; BA, Yale College, 1976 (with distinction, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa)

Selected Publications:

  • “Projections Of The Imagination: When Is A Token Actually Delivered?” 38 Futures & Derivatives Law Reporter 11 (Jan. 2018)
  • “Enforcement Risk: The Long Length of the CFTC’s Reach,” NY Business Law Journal (Winter 2015)
  • “10 Things You May Have Missed In Proposed Regulation AT,” Law360 (Dec. 21, 2015)
  • Co-author, “CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction Over Bitcoin Derivatives,” FinTech Law Report (Nov./Dec. 2015)
  • “The CFTC’s Not-So-Hidden Message: Traders Beware,” CoinDesk.com (Oct. 3, 2015)
  • “Back to the Future: The Use of Administrative Proceedings for Enforcement at the CFTC and the SEC,” 35 Futures & Derivatives Law Reporter 1 (Jan./Feb. 2015)
  • Co-author, “Chapter 4: Auditors Responsibilities and the Law,” A Guide to Forensic Accounting
  • Investigation, 2nd Edition (May 2011)
  • “What Constitutes ‘Manipulation’ or ‘Disruptive Practices’ After Dodd-Frank? A Difficult Set of Standards for Traders to Live By Gets More Difficult,” 30 Futures & Derivatives Law Report No. 9 (Sept. 2010)
Geoffrey F. Aronow is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Is the CFTC Becoming the National Fraud Police? The CFTC Goes All In On Policing Fraud In Virtual Currencies, Futures & Derivatives Law Report: The Journal on the Law of Investment & Risk Management Products, Volume 38, Issue 3 (March 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
In Re: TeraExchange LLC, CFTC Docket No. 15-33 (Sept. 24, 2015) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Complaint for Injunctive and Other Equitable Relief and for Civil Monetary Penalties under the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations, Jury Trial Demanded, CFTC v. Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. and Gelfman, Case No. 17-7181 (S.D.N.Y. 2017) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
In Re: BFXNA INC. d/b/a BITFINEX, CFTC Docket No. 16-19 (June 2, 2016) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Complaint for Injunctive and Other Equitable Relief, Restitution, and Civil Monetary Penalties under the Commodity Exchange Act, CFTC v. Dean and the Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, Case No. 18-cv-00345 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 18, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Complaint for Injunctive and Other Equitable Relief and for Civil Monetary Penalties under the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations, Jury Trial Demanded, CFTC v. My Big Coin Pay, Inc., Crater, and Gillespie (D. Mass. Jan. 16, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
In Re: Coinflip, Inc., d/b/a Derivabit, and Riordan, CFTC Docket No. 15-29 (Sept. 17, 2015) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
CFTC v. McDonnell and Cabbagetech, Corp. d/b/a Coin Drop Markets, Case No. 18-CV-0361 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 6, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Office of Public Affairs, CFTC Backgrounder on Oversight of and Approach to Virtual Currency Futures Markets (January 4, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Complaint for Injunctive and Other Equitable Relief and for Civil Monetary Penalties under the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations, Jury Trial Demanded, CFTC v. McDonnell and Cabbagetech, Corp. d/b/a Coin Drop Markets, Case No. 18-CV-0361 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 18, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Swaps and Derivatives and Market Enforcement: Trends and Lessons from the Past                                                          , Monday, May 14, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Swaps and Derivatives and Market Enforcement: Trends and Lessons from the Past                                                           - Swaps and Derivatives and Market Enforcement: Trends and Lessons from the Past                                                          , Monday, May 14, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Swaps and Derivatives and Market Enforcement: Trends and Lessons from the Past                                                           - Swaps and Derivatives and Market Enforcement: Trends and Lessons from the Past                                                          , Monday, May 14, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, New York, NY
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