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Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives 2014

Author(s): Joshua D. Cohn, Gary Barnett
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Oct 2014
PLI Item #: 49401
CHB Spine #: B2128

Josh Cohn is the head of Mayer Brown's US Derivatives & Structured Products practice and co-leader of the global Derivatives & Structured Products practice. He concentrates his practice on derivatives and has extensive experience as US counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), and represents dealers and end-users in a wide range of transactions.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown from Allen & Overy, Josh was the Derivatives Counsel at Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York; Senior Vice President and General Counsel at DKB Financial Products, Inc.; First Vice President and Counsel at Security Pacific National Bank; an Associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & Macrae; and a Law Clerk at the US Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit.

Josh is listed for derivatives law in The Best Lawyers in America while the IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500 list Josh as one of the world’s leading derivatives lawyers. Josh has been ranked in band 1 of Chambers USA since 2008. In 2014, Chambers USA characterized Josh as a "derivatives oracle," and in 2013, as a "luminary." In 2012, Chambers Global published clients describing Josh as having “an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the derivatives market.” In 2010, sources noted his “great depth of experience and understanding of market trends.” In 2008 and 2009, clients noted he “…is one of the greats in derivatives because of his extensive knowledge" and that he is “doubtless one of the best derivatives lawyers in the world.”

Gary Barnett is a Deputy Director in the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he is responsible for derivatives policy, broker-dealer finance, certain trading practices, and Volcker.

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Barnett was the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight. Before joining the CFTC, he was a partner and head of the U.S. Derivatives and Structured Finance Practice Group at Linklaters LLP. Prior to Linklaters, he was a partner and co-head of the Securitization and Derivatives Practice and Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Mr. Barnett is an adjunct professor of Law, teaching Derivatives Regulation at Cornell Law School. Mr. Barnett is a member of the New York, California and Oklahoma bars.