The New York City Bar Association (City Bar) has appointed Fried Frank corporate partner Robert M. McLaughlin as Chair of its Futures & Derivatives Committee, effective September 1. Mr. McLaughlin is a member of the Asset Management and Financial Services Practices, resident in Fried Frank's New York office. The Committee seeks to address all issues impacting the futures and derivatives markets, as well as other issues that affect industry participants. It actively comments on proposals by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, National Futures Association and Securities and Exchange Commission in matters related to the industry, such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act.
The City Bar, founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. Today it has more than 24,000 members and more than 150 committees that focus on legal practice areas and issues. Through reports, amicus briefs, testimony, statements and letters drafted by committee members, the City Bar comments on public policy and legislation and produces numerous events.
Mr. McLaughlin's practice concentrates on financial transactions with an emphasis on derivatives of all types, including over-the-counter, exchange-traded and cleared derivatives, as well as structured products, synthetic investments, credit extensions and derivatives claim trading. His clients include investment and commercial banks, hedge funds and investment management firms, individual investors, corporations and government-sponsored entities. He also regularly advises market participants on legislative and regulatory developments. In addition, he has extensive experience structuring and executing a wide array of financial derivatives and structured products, including credit, equity, commodity and other derivatives, and synthetic investments in hedge fund interests, commercial loans and other asset classes. Mr. McLaughlin also advises clients on derivatives and related matters in bankruptcies and insolvencies. He authored Over-the-Counter Derivative Products: A Guide to Business and Legal Risk Management and Documentation, Foreword by Peter Tufano, Harvard Business School (McGraw-Hill, 1999).