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Jeffrey L. Steiner is counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He co-leads the firm’s Derivatives team and is co-lead to the firm’s Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology team. Mr. Steiner is also a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions, Energy, Regulation and Litigation, Investment Funds and Public Policy practice groups. Mr. Steiner advises a range of clients, including commercial end-users, financial institutions, dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, clearinghouses, industry groups and trade associations on regulatory, legislative and transactional matters related to OTC and listed derivatives, commodities and securities. He frequently assists clients with compliance and implementation issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act, the rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the National Futures Association and the prudential banking regulators. He also helps clients to navigate through cross-border issues resulting from global derivatives requirements, including those resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) and the rules of other jurisdictions.

Mr. Steiner also advises clients on issues related to digital currencies and distributed ledger technology, including analyzing regulatory and enforcement matters relating to their implementation and use. He regularly works with clients on structuring products involving the use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, including digital tokens and initial coin offerings (ICOs). He also analyzes the cross-border impacts relating to clients’ use of digital currencies and blockchain technology.

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 has again ranked Mr. Steiner as an international leading lawyer for his work in derivatives. Chambers and Partners has also ranked Mr. Steiner as a leading derivatives lawyer in its Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide from 2014-2017.

Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Steiner was special counsel in the Division of Market Oversight at the CFTC where he handled issues relating to trading and execution of futures and swaps, designated contract markets (DCMs), market maker and incentive programs, exempt markets, reporting, swap data repositories (SDRs) and off-exchange derivatives transactions (block trades, EFRPs). He served as team lead for the Real-Time Public Reporting of Swap Transaction Data rulemaking team for both the proposed and final rules, both of which he presented before the CFTC for public vote. While at the CFTC, he also worked on resolving and advising on issues relating to Title VII of the Dodd Frank Act, including reporting, trading and execution in all asset classes (i.e., interest rates, credit, FX, equity and other commodity), SDRs, swap execution facilities (SEFs), block trades and extraterritoriality. Prior to being a special counsel at the CFTC, he served as an attorney-advisor in the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight from 2009 - 2010.

Mr. Steiner began his career in private law practice where he focused on representing clients on OTC derivatives, futures and commodities related matters, capital markets transactions and hedge fund formation.

Mr. Steiner is a frequent speaker and author on issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC, digital currencies (e.g., Bitcoin) and blockchain technology. He graduated from Tulane Law School in 2004. While at Tulane Law School, he served as a Business Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal. Mr. Steiner received his B.B.A. in 2001 from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Regulatory and Political Overview of Derivatives and Blockchain " at the European Association of Corporate Treasurers' and International Group of Treasury Associations' Joint Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany (September 16, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Oversight of Commodity Derivatives Markets in the US" at International Swaps and Derivatives Association conference in New York, NY (September 27, 2016?

  • Speaker, "Regulatory and Political Overview of Derivatives" at the European Association of Corporate Treasurers' and International Group of Treasury Associations' Joint Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland (September 17, 2016)

  • Panelist, "Virtual Currencies" at Gibson Dunn Webcast (April 14, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Scrutiny Over SEF Rules: CFTC Commissioner Giancarlo's Whitepaper" at DerivSource Podcast (March 4, 2015)

  • Moderator, "Operational Issues and Concerns for Derivatives End-Users" at the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users Summit in Washington, DC (February 26, 2015)

  • Panelist, "Financial and Non-Financial End Users" at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Winter Meeting in Naples, FL (January 22, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Derivatives Regulation" at the Conference Board's Council of Corporate Treasurers Meeting in Washington, DC (September 30, 2014)

  • Panelist, "Financial and Non-Financial End Users" at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Winter Meeting in Naples, FL (February 6, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act: Regulatory & Legislative Update" at the CPE, Inc. Dodd-Frank Conference 2013:  A Practical Guide for Corporates & Financial Institutions (June 12, 2013)

  • Moderator, "Swap Dealer Perspective – What do end-users need to know?" at the Edison Electric Institute's CFTC Dodd-Frank Compliance Forum in Washington, DC (December 10, 2012)

  • Presenter, "SEFCON III Wrap-up:  So, what did we learn today?" at the 2012 SEFCON III (Swap Execution Facility Conference) in New York, NY (November 12, 2012)

  • Panelist, "Putting Together a Recordkeeping and Reporting Compliance Plan," at the Edison Electric Institute's Dodd-Frank Compliance Forum in Washington, DC (June 25, 2012)

  • Panelist, "Dodd-Frank Reporting Rules," at the ISDA Symposium - Dodd-Frank Transaction Reporting:  Are You Ready? in New York, NY (June 7, 2012)

  • Panelist, "The Nuts and Bolts of Reporting and Recordkeeping," at The Futures Industry Association & Law & Compliance Division Spring Conference in Baltimore, MD (May 11, 2012)

  • Speaker, "The Block Trade Rule," at Edison Electric Institute's Contract Drafting Committee (May 3, 2012)


  • Tulane University - 2004 - Juris Doctor
  • Emory University - 2001 - B.A. Business Administration


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland Bar

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