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Michael  Otten

Michael Otten

Executive Director, Legal
New York, NY, USA

Michael J. Otten is an Executive Director in the Global Markets Legal Department at Nomura where he works closely with Nomura’s registered Swap Dealers, Futures Commission Merchant, Broker-Dealer, and affiliates globally on regulatory matters and implementation of regulatory reforms in the U.S. and globally.  Before joining Nomura, Mr. Otten spent nearly 10 years at the CFTC in Washington, DC in various capacities including Legal Counsel to Chairman Reuben Jeffery and Acting Chairman Walt Lukken, Legal Counsel to Commissioner Jill Sommers, and as a Chief Trial Attorney in the Enforcement Division.  During his time in the Chairman’s Office, Mr. Otten was the CFTC’s representative on the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and worked closely with senior CFTC staff and staff of other regulatory agencies in response to the financial crisis of 2007-2008.  As Legal Counsel to Commissioner Sommers, Mr. Otten focused heavily on the CFTC’s implementation of Dodd-Frank Act regulations, and during his time in the Enforcement Division, Mr. Otten focused primarily on prosecuting energy market manipulation and complex fraud cases in federal courts throughout the country.  Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Otten was a Litigation Partner at LeClair Ryan in Richmond, VA.  Mr. Otten began his legal career on active-duty in the U.S.  Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where among other things, he prosecuted and defended military members facing trial by court-martial.  Mr. Otten is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Manhattanville College.

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