Maggie Sklar is a Chicago-based lawyer and former regulator who serves as a partner for the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Previously, she was a senior policy advisor and director of international engagement at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
She has also been a senior counsel for LabCFTC in Washington, DC.
Her previous position at the CFTC was as the senior counselor at the office of Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Her appointment to that role was announced on January 17, 2018. The CFTC announced on July 12, 2018 that she would be leaving that post, though she stayed at the CFTC in the LabCFTC senior counselor role.
Before joining Chairman Giancarlo’s office, Sklar was an associate director in the Office of International Affairs (OIA), where she oversaw the CFTC’s engagement with the board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Financial Stability Board, and represented the CFTC in IOSCO policy committees.
She also worked on OTC derivatives, secondary markets, cybersecurity, and data privacy and served as a senior counsel to a former commissioner, advising on a variety of policy and legal matters regarding the swaps and futures markets, the Dodd-Frank Act, and CFTC regulations. Sklar was also a special counsel in the Division of Market Oversight (DMO), where she led swap execution facility (SEF) applications, conducted rule enforcement reviews of exchanges, and advised on market oversight matters.
Before joining the CFTC, Sklar represented financial institutions, banks, executives, and energy companies at the law firms of Paul Weiss, Greenberg Traurig, and Kobre & Kim. She also worked in the Office of Governmental Affairs at the American Bar Association.
Sklar joined McGonigle after leaving the Chicago Federal Reserve and then McGonigle was acquired by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where Sklar remained a partner.
Sklar graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and received a B.A. (also cum laude) from Georgetown University.
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