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Geoffrey F. Aronow

Geoffrey F. Aronow

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA


GEOFFREY F. ARONOW, is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin LLP.  He is a former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) General Counsel, 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 administrative matters, including 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 and headed the Office of the General Counsel.  As OIA Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Geoffrey’s responsibilities included providing legal and policy advice to the OIA Director and serving as legal advisor to OIA. He also 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 recognized in the 2010-2012 and 2017 editions of Super Lawyers.

Education:

JD, Yale Law School, 1981

BA, Yale College, 1976 (with distinction, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa)

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia; New York; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, D.C. Circuit.

Selected Publications:

 “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:
Web Segment  Web Segment Swaps and Derivatives and Market Enforcement: Trends and Lessons from the Past - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters CFTC Asserts Its Broader Fraud Jurisdiction and Steps into the World of Insider Trading: In the Matter of Arya Motazedi, CFTC Docket No. 16-02 (December 2, 2015), and Its Progeny (Substantive Outline) (February 14, 2017) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sidley Austin LLP, Sidley Update, CFTC Adopts Cross-Border Margin Rule for Non-Cleared Swaps (August 4, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sidley Austin LLP, Sidley Update, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Final Rules on Cybersecurity System Safeguards (September 22, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sidley Austin LLP, Sidley Update, CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal for Reg AT (November 22, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sidley Austin LLP, Sidley Update, CFTC Proposes Cross-Border Swap Rule, Revisits 2013 Cross-Border Swap Guidance (November 9, 2016) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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 , Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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 , Tuesday, May 16, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Thursday, May 18, 2017, New York, NY
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