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Robert G. Pickel
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Occupation Advisory Board Member
Employer Droit Financial Technologies
Location New York, NY
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Robert G. Pickel is the former chief executive officer of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA).[1] ISDA announced his impending departure in April 2014 [2] and on August 18, 2014, former CFTC commissioner Scott O'Malia succeeded Pickel as ISDA CEO.[3]

Pickel is a board member for the Tradition SEF.[4][5][6]

In October 2014 Pickel was appointed to the advisory board of Droit Financial Technologies, a provider of pre-trade front office and post-trade compliance solutions for derivatives.[7]

Pickel also acted as co-author, along with ISDA deputy-CEO George Handjinicolaou, of derivatiViews, ISDA's forum for important OTC derivatives issues.[8]


Pickel joined ISDA in November 1997 as general counsel, a position he held until being named CEO in 2001. He served as CEO until 2009 and, after serving as executive vice-chairman from 2009-2011, he returned as CEO.[9]

Before joining ISDA, Pickel was assistant general counsel in the legal department of the Amerada Hess Corporation, an international oil and gas company, from 1991 to 1997. He has also worked as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, ISDA’s original outside counsel, in New York and London, where he helped draft the 1991 ISDA definitions.[10] [11] Pickel also served on the board of trustees for the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM).[12]


  • Williams College
  • J.D., Law, New York University (NYU)

John Lothian News Interviews, 2013[edit]

Robert Pickel is the CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). Since joining ISDA in 1997, Pickel has worked to promote and advocate for OTC market participants and work with international regulatory bodies to harmonize regulation across jurisdictions. Pickel spoke with former John Lothian News editor-at-large Doug Ashburn about the cross-border issues that are still “works in progress,” an international standard for initial margin currently under development at ISDA, and the status of trade repositories around the world.

In part 2 of the interview, Pickel discusses the future of LIBOR and other financial benchmarks, possible alternatives to LIBOR, and how ISDA will work with regulators to smooth out and harmonize benchmarking standards.


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