Commodities Trading

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RK&O's Commodities Trading lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in regulatory and enforcement matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Those matters most often involve complex financial products, including swaps and other derivatives.

Our clients include a range of financial institutions, including investment banks, hedge funds and broker dealers, and we provide them with advice on the application and interpretation of the Commodity Exchange Act and Dodd-Frank, including in the context of internal investigations, administrative proceedings and enforcement actions, as well as in connection with parallel criminal and civil proceedings. We also counsel on new CFTC standards and regulations and recommend safe guards that companies can implement to ensure compliance. more +

RK&O has more than two decades of heavy involvement in commodities trades, including working with industry groups to develop documentation governing all standard U.S. and European swaps and working with financial institutions to design new financial products. With this deep industry and subject matter expertise, we have become one of the premiere firms advising clients on the rapidly evolving rules and standards governing the commodities market.

In addition to our industry-focused expertise, clients choose RK&O because of our commitment to high-quality client service. Our attorneys are all experienced and market savvy, and we work closely with our clients to understand their business and legal needs. Our most senior attorneys are directly involved from the outset of a case, providing real-time, high-level advice to our client's most challenging legal questions.


  • Representing ICAP in class actions alleging violations of the Commodity Exchange Act in connection with alleged efforts to manipulate USD LIBOR, Yen LIBOR, Euroyen TIBOR and Euribor.
  • Representing numerous firms and individuals in enforcement investigations before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other U.S. and foreign governmental agencies.
  • Representing the chief financial officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd. in simultaneous securities and commodities class actions pending in the Southern District of New York as well as related investigations.