J. Christopher Giancarlo
J. Christopher Giancarlo is a former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The U.S. Senate confirmed him in that role on August 3, 2017. He had been acting chairman at the commission since January 20, 2017. He stepped down from the post in July of 2019, concluding one five-year term.
Giancarlo aimed to transform the CFTC into a more forward-looking and modern regulator. He pushed the CFTC to become a "quantitative regulator" to better handle market data, created the LabCFTC to assist and understand financial technology companies and pushed a KISS (keep it simple stupid) agenda geared toward simplifying and streamlining regulations. Giancarlo said "regulation should never be based on a crude measure of the quantity of regulation, but the quality of regulation and oversight." 
He assumed the role of acting chairman after Timothy Massad stepped down from that role in January 2017.  He was nominated as a comissioner by President Barack Obama in August 2013 and sworn in on June 16, 2014. He replaced Jill Sommers, who left in July 2013.
Giancarlo joined GFI in April 2001 following the acquisition of Fenics, where he structured strategic alliances with investment banks. Before joining Fenics in 2000, he worked at the law firm Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner, LLP as a corporate partner from 1997-2000. He joined Brown Raysman from Giancarlo & Gleiberman, a law practice he founded in 1992 following his return from several years in London with the international law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle.
He was a founding co-editor-in-chief of eSecurities, Trading and Regulation on the Internet (Leader Publications). He has testified three times before Congress regarding the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.
He served two terms as chairman of the Wholesale Markets Brokers' Association, Americas (WMBAA) and has spoken out frequently about allowing flexible rules for derivatives trading platforms such as swap execution facilities that are aimed at OTC market participants. 
Before his business career, Giancarlo was a corporate partner in the New York law firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder and Steiner, where he advised technology businesses on corporate and finance transactions. He joined that firm from Giancarlo & Gleiberman, a law practice he founded in 1992 following his return from several years practicing law in London with the international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. 
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Chris Giancarlo of GFI Group Discusses the Need for Regulatory Balance
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On October 12, 2011, Giancarlo testified before the House Committee on Agriculture on the subject of proposed changes to the Dodd-Frank Act regarding swap execution facilities. His testimony was summarized into a commentary featured on MarketsReformWiki.
White Paper on Swaps Execution at MarketsReformWiki
Giancarlo graduated from Skidmore college with a B.A. He went on to receive a law degree from Vanderbilt University.
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