Amir Zaidi is a lawyer, banker, and regulator who served as the head of the division of market oversight at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). He was appointed to that role in January of 2017.
Zaidi had been with the CFTC since 2010, serving in various roles for commissioners and in the division of market oversight (DMO). He was the legal counsel and policy advisor for the Office of Commissioner Giancarlo since August 2014 and was the commissioner’s point person on market structure issues, including automated trading and Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs).
He advised then Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo on a variety of additional issues, including cross-border harmonization, swap dealer capital and margin rules, cybersecurity, data reporting, and end-user issues. Zaidi was previously chief counsel and policy advisor to former CFTC Commissioner Scott D. O’Malia and special counsel in DMO, where he served as team leader for the development and implementation of SEF rules.
Amir Zaidi was responsible for the implementation of a number of policies related to cryptocurrency trading. While working under Commissioner Giancarlo, he set policy on bitcoin futures trading, as well as redrafting the CFTC's rules for OTC swaps markets.
Before joining the CFTC in 2010, Zaidi was an associate in the corporate and securities group at Arnold and Porter LLP. He also held various financial analyst roles at Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York prior to attending law school.
Zaidi received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in business administration, summa cum laude, from Boston University School of Business.
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