Joanne Moffic-Silver

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Joanne Moffic-Silver
Occupation Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Employer Cboe
Location Chicago, IL

Joanne Moffic-Silver is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe).[1][2] She joined the Cboe in 1980 as chief enforcement counsel, associate general counsel and corporate secretary, and in 1997 was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel.[3]

In her current role, Moffic-Silver is responsible for overseeing Cboe’s Legal Division, including litigation, rule filings, industry-related comment letters and responses, contracts, intellectual property, arbitration, board elections, special member meetings, and legal work for Cboe subsidiaries. She also manages outside law firms’ work for Cboe, and advises its chairman & CEO, executive vice chairman, president, vice chairman and board of directors on matters including governance, demutualization and jurisdictional issues related to new products. She is also overseeing the integration of Cboe's U.S. and London legal teams, following the acquisition of Bats Global Markets, Inc. in 2017, and serves as counsel to the Cboe Global Markets board, several of its committees, its six subsidiary exchanges, and its executive management and planning teams.


During her tenure, Cboe's Legal Division grew in size and diversity from six lawyers in Chicago to more than 20 lawyers in multiple locations and was named regional Legal Department of the Year in Corporate Compliance in 2015 by the National Law Journal. She successfully defending Cboe exclusive proprietary products through litigation that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as managing an eight-year patent infringement defense litigation that resulted in a dismissal. She also played a lead role in connection with major product launches, Cboe's demutualization and IPO in 2010, and the Bats acquisition in 2017, an expansion that made Cboe one of the world's largest exchange holding companies.

Before joining Cboe, Moffic-Silver was counsel for Chicago Mercantile Exchange and an attorney with a private law firm, with a concentration in employment law and commodity futures law.


Moffic-Silver is an active member of the Northwestern University School of Law Advisory Board.[4] Additionally, she has been a panelist at various professional and industry forums, including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance & Legal Division’s Annual Seminar, Brooklyn Law School - Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law-Conference on the Future of Financial Regulation, the American Bar Association annual meeting, and the Chicago Bar Association. In addition, she has been a faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Midwest Deposition Program held at Northwestern University School of Law.


She holds a J.D. degree with honors from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and a bachelor of arts with high honors (and Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  1. Joanne Moffic-Silver. LinkedIn.
  2. CBOE Holdings Executive Officers. CBOE.
  3. Joanne Moffic-Silver Executive Profile. Bloomberg Businessweek.
  4. Members. Northwestern Law.