James M. Falvey
James M. Falvey is the chief regulatory officer and general counsel at EMX, a derivatives exchange that intends to list both traditional and cryptocurrency futures.
He has been a consultant with Bovill, a specialist financial services regulatory consultancy headquartered in London.
He is also on the board of advisors of PanXchange, as well as an adjunct professor at Penn State University.
Falvey served as general counsel and corporate secretary at R.J. O'Brien & Associates. He assumed that post in January 2010 and left in 2011 to run for Congress. During this time he also ran his own law and consulting practice.
Before joining R.J. O'Brien, he served as general counsel of the US Futures Exchange (USFE), the Chicago-based electronic derivatives platform controlled by MF Global. Before that, he was the general counsel of Eurex US, the USFE's legacy exchange set up in 2004 and acquired by MF Global's parent in 2006.
In 2006, he co-authored a paper titled "Commodity Exchanges and Antitrust" with Andrew N. Kleit. The paper explored the impact of competition in the futures industry and how the exchanges are dealing with the resulting antitrust issues.
Falvey is active within the Illinois Republican party and, in April 2013, was appointed Republican Committeeman for Lyons Township, replacing Tony Peraica, who had held the position since 2002. In 2012, Falvey ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Party nomination for Illinois' 3rd Congressional District.
John Lothian News Interview
Jim Falvey has been an attorney in the exchange and FCM space for over 15 years. He has served as general counsel of Eurex US and Intercontinental Exchange, as assistant general counsel for CME Group and, most recently, as general counsel and corporate secretary of R.J. O'Brien & Associates. He also sits on the advisory board of CMDirect, a web-based commodity trading platform. Former John Lothian News editor-at-large Doug Ashburn spoke with Falvey about the MF Global bankruptcy, the Volcker Rule, protection of segregated funds, conflicts of interest, and other compliance issues related to the Dodd-Frank Act. Published Nov. 23, 2011.
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