The Honorable J. Christopher (“Chris”) Giancarlo is Senior Counsel to the international law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher and the former Chairman and Chief Executive of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Giancarlo was first nominated to the CFTC by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed in June 2014. He was subsequently nominated as CFTC Chairman by President Donald Trump and again unanimously confirmed in August 2017. He departed the CFTC in July 2019 after completing his five-year term. As CFTC Chairman, Mr. Giancarlo served as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Committee (FSOC), the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, and the Executive Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and participated in meetings of the Financial Stability Board (FSB).
Mr. Giancarlo serves on the Advisory Board of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and as an independent director of the American Financial Exchange, the sponsor of Ameribor and Ameribor Futures. Before entering public service, Giancarlo served as Executive Vice President of financial services firm GFI Group Inc. and led its initial public offering, and as Executive Vice President and U.S. legal counsel of Fenics Software. Previously, he practiced law in New York and London.
Giancarlo is a renowned blockchain technology advocate and key contributor to the global discourse on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. During his tenure as CFTC Chairman, the agency published primers on virtual currencies and smart contracts, oversaw the launch of the first bitcoin futures contracts and created LabCFTC as the agency’s stakeholder in the digital evolution of derivatives trading markets.
Mr. Giancarlo has written and spoken extensively on public policy, legal and other matters involving technology and the financial markets, including authoring numerous white papers, articles and op-eds. He was also a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of eSecurities, Trading and Regulation on the Internet (Leader Publications). Mr. Giancarlo has over 45,000 followers on Twitter as @giancarloMKTS where he was dubbed by the online cryptocurrency community as “CryptoDad.”