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Kenneth M. Raisler

Kenneth M. Raisler

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

Kenneth Raisler is head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Commodities, Futures and Derivatives Group. The Group is responsible for a full range of regulatory, transactional and litigation advice in the commodities, securities and banking areas to its brokerage, investment banking, banking and commercial clients.

Mr. Raisler was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from 1977 to 1982 in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. He then joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission  and was the general counsel of the Commission from 1983 to 1987.  

He currently is chairman of the ABA Derivatives and Futures Law Committee.  Mr. Raisler was the chairman of the New York City Bar Committee on Futures Regulation from 1988 to 1991. He was a member of the Working Group of The Group of Thirty Derivatives Project. Since 1992, he has been a member of the board of directors of the Futures Industry Association. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Managed Funds Association.  Mr. Raisler is a member of  the executive committee of the board of trustees of NYU School of Law and chair of the board’s Development Committee.

Mr. Raisler has extensive experience representing the energy industry and in particular providing advice on energy trading. . He has advised a number of other electronic trading platforms for energy. In addition, Mr. Raisler has worked with energy trading companies developing compliance and trading standards manuals, preparing and conducting training sessions and undertaking audits of compliance programs. He also has represented companies in CFTC, SEC, FERC, FTC, Department of Justice and NYMEX  and ICE investigations of energy trading activities.


1976, New York University School of Law, J.D.

1973, Yale University, B.S.


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